Location: Fairfax, VA
Industry: Real estate and commercial developer
Committing to wellness: The Van Metre Companies’ wellness initiative hopes to positively influence employees in the everyday choices they make. “A strong company cannot exist without healthy employees,” says CEO Rick Rabil.
Special perks: The Van Metre corporate wellness program is comprehensive because the company hopes to enable all employees to participate. Whenever the company hosts a program, whether it’s a lunch-and-learn seminar, health screenings or Weight Watchers meetings, its mission is to ensure that all parties are taken care of and have easy access to those benefits. Wellness activities are offered at multiple company locations so employees can use them easily, without interfering with their day-to-day schedule.
Solid results: Each quarter, the Van Metre corporate wellness team runs a different three-month health and wellness program. In the fall of 2015, the program’s focus was to educate employees on the beginning stages of healthy eating and long-term weight loss. Van Metre asked the IT department to create a multifaceted wellness site that could be accessed through the company’s intranet. Activities on the site included a blog, comment section, and a personal log to track weight progress, goals and activities completed.