We know our teams thrive when ITW colleagues feel their best. ITW’s wellness initiative is designed to promote the health and well-being of our team members while encouraging everyone to make healthy lifestyle choices and informative health care decisions.
2015 program encourages small changes for a lasting impact
ITW’s 2015 “Living Well at ITW” program – “Hello, Happy” – created even more incentives for ITW team members to take charge of their own well-being. ITW offered two tiers of activities:
- Gateway Activities included a health screening and a Personal Health Assessment.
- Healthy Actions Activities included individualized coaching, learning through online programming, participating in lunch and learns and onsite exercise classes, and more.
Each of these activities is a small step on its own, but it can also provide a platform for bigger changes. For example, a screening may uncover a health metric that is outside of a normal, healthy range – and point to opportunities to get it under control. Adding in one or two other activities offers an even more well-rounded approach to wellness that can make a big difference.
The activities add up in another way, too. By completing the Gateway Activities, colleagues receive a discount on their medical premiums. In addition, for each healthy action completed during 2015, participants received one entry into a wellness incentive drawing, held at the end of the year.
In 2015, nearly 70 percent of ITW people participated in the Gateway Activities, up from approximately 60 percent in 2014. In addition, nearly half of participants also completed additional healthy activities above and beyond the Gateway Activities. The most popular Healthy Actions Activities were the online programs, onsite lunch and learns, and onsite walk/run events.
Wellness Champions drive progress throughout ITW
The Living Well at ITW initiative relies heavily on the work of our Wellness Champions. This network, consisting of more than 100 volunteers, leverages our decentralized culture to create programming that meets the needs of specific sites. While the corporate wellness team provides support and best practices guidance, the Wellness Champions help drive regular progress among their co-workers. For example, the corporate team hosts regular conference calls featuring Wellness Champions sharing their success stories with their peers.