Diversified Group Named One of Connecticut’s Healthiest Employers of 2018

This announcement from the Hartford Business Journal was published on December 3, 2018.

Meet CT’s healthiest workplaces

Hartford Business Journal’s first-ever Healthiest Employers Awards recognize organizations dedicated to employee health and safety in addition to their efforts to implement wellness programs.

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The awards program was done in partnership with the Healthiest Employers Group, which determined the finalists and winners using a scoring methodology managed by Springbuk, a privately held technology and data research firm.

Companies that participated in the awards program had to complete an hour-long online assessment. Companies were then ranked based on their performance on the following six measures: culture and leadership commitment; foundational components; strategic planning; communication and marketing; programming and interventions; and reporting and analytics.

CATEGORY: 0-150 CT EMPLOYEES

1st Place | Antea Group

2nd Place | FM Global

3rd Place | Gallagher

4th Place | Diversified Group

5th Place | Safelite AutoGlass

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Photo Source: Hartford Business Journal

Diversified Group

4th Place | Category: 0-150 CT employees

Industry: Employee benefits

CT Headquarters: Marlborough

CT Employees: 64

When Diversified Group (DG) started its fitness program back in 1985, it basically consisted of a boot camp-style fitness contest.

But over the years, commitment to health and wellness among employees has intensified to where DG now has a wellness department staffed by six certified health coaches, personal trainers and registered dietitians. The wellness team is responsible for spearheading the company’s wellness program.

DG has also maintained a modest fitness facility on its grounds, and within the last five years, certified instructors have been stopping by on a weekly basis for cycling, strength and yoga classes.

DG also hosts regular meditation workshops giving workers access to guided meditation sessions to decompress and recharge.

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Is Your Organization Encouraging Wellness?

A worksite wellness program that consists of only a health risk assessment is missing out on the opportunity to impact the broader factors that influence unhealthy behavior in employees’ lives – such as physical and emotional stress, both at work and home.

The Institute for Wellness Education has conducted research that shows significant gaps in understanding as to what constitutes good health and wellness. Studies show that more than 1 in 3 Americans do not recognize the difference between wellness and the absence of diagnosed illness or disease. In addition, misconceptions are prevalent with regard to how to make effective and sustainable lifestyle changes.

For example, despite evidence demonstrating that multiple factors – including psychological, social, physiological and sustainable weight loss, 73% of men and 68% of women believe willpower to be the most important element.

Sustainable change requires solutions tailored to the individual’s needs, interests and desires. Employers can impact unhealthy behaviors by offering a variety of programs that encourage or promote healthy habits and activities, both in the workplace and at home.

For more health and wellness tips and information, view the Diversified Group’s Summer Group Scoop Newsletter.

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