SANTA ROSA – At Burr, Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM), workplace wellness celebrates employee successes and provides an avenue for staff members to get back on track in areas that need attention. The firm’s areas of emphasis include improving employee resilience, participation in the community as well as personal and family financial well-being.
“We want our people to know their health and happiness are important to us,” said Lisa DeGisi, benefits and wellness specialist. “We’ve seen a reduction in factors that lead to heart attack, diabetes, stroke and obesity. This is great news for our staff, while also keeping our medical claims down this past year. Our people-centered values include getting everyone up, out and engaged.”
BPM’s various team challenges have created an esprit de corps resulting in less turnover and higher participation. Annual, quarterly and mini-challenges reset and start anew each January in areas of fitness, finance, spiritual self-care, community and nutrition. Other physical fitness contests are held in real time, such as CEO James Wallace’s challenge to everyone to try to “outstep” him. Stepping competition winners are rewarded with a Fitbit or other wearable tracking devices, such as Nike or Garmin wristwatches, synched with I-phone apps.
Biometric competitions are also part of the program, and 80% of employees participate in the firm’s once a year health-screening assessment covering BMI, blood pressure, glucose levels and other vital measurements.
“Looking at the metrics, our overall risk factors have been decreasing, and we are planning to expand our program next year to include spouses and domestic partners.”
With 450 accountants, consultants and administrative personnel at six offices in the Bay Area, along with two others in Hong Kong and the Cayman Islands, BPM locations have their own action-oriented fundraising teams. In San Francisco and Walnut Creek, for example, teams work to promote breast cancer awareness.
There are Lunch n’ Learn sessions and monthly webinars covering financial education, as well as working parent seminars and ways to handle stress. Discounted employee rates at gyms, such as 24 Hour Fitness, are also available.
A point system linked to achieving various levels of active involvement offers $20 gift certificate incentive awards for accumulating 1,500 points at level one, increasing to $250 for earning 5,500 points at level three, with money applied toward the purchase of a Fitbit. Top contenders are displayed on a leader board to encourage competition.
“It’s no accident that BPM’s motto is Because People Matter. We understand that healthy, motivated, talented and engaged employees are a successful company’s greatest asset.”
Burr Pilger Mayer
110 Stony Point Rd., Santa Rosa, 95401