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Powering a Healthier Future

                                                       Promoting a Culture of Wellness in the Workplace

        What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Wellness”? Mostly people think of physical fitness. However, the term
        wellness is generally used to mean a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being.

        In our last issue, we discussed our initiative of “Empowerment Through Excellence” which encourages our team culture to “Keep
        Getting Better”. This idea resonates with me and how I feel when I think of our wellness initiative. Wellness can have a different
        meaning for each person; whether it be spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental or financial; well-being is an
        active process through which we become aware and make choices toward a more successful existence. We want our wellness initiative
        to encourage our employees to “keep getting better”.

                                                                Why have a corporate wellness initiative, anyway?
                                                                If you “Google it”; the five most common reasons to build
                                                                a corporate wellness initiative are: better production, less
                                                                absenteeism, lower employee health costs and surges in
                                                                employee morale. While those reasons are valid, there is a little
                                                                more at play for us. When I began asking questions about the
                                                                possibility of a wellness initiative my main question was: why do
                                                                we incur the cost of our employees and their families healthcare
                                                                premiums? I mean, it’s crazy expensive and there are very few
                                                                other companies that provide that benefit. The answers I got
                                                                were: because it is the right thing to do and we want to provide
                                                                this benefit to our employees so that they don’t have to shoulder
                                                                that burden.

                                                                This attitude can be found throughout our core values but
                                                                specifically in our STEWARDSHIP value. “We invest in our
                                                                clients, our employees, and our company for the long-run. We
                                                                strive to preserve the legacy of our predecessors and build
                                                                upon it for future generations.”  What better way to practice
                                                                Stewardship than to create and participate in a wellness program

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