Promoting Employee Health
Supporting the individual health of our employees is foundational to our safety culture. We champion healthy lifestyles and offer convenient resources encouraging our employees to put their health first.
Across the company, employees are incentivized to complete an annual screening for common health-related issues. Completing a health check offers an employee a reduced insurance rate and employees have the opportunity to be connected to a specialized health professional if additional follow-up is needed.
For convenience, corporate employees can receive their health checks at our corporate campus’ on-site health clinic. In addition to offering a nursing staff and general practitioner, the clinic has a full-service dental office, and nearby is a state-of-the-art fitness center. These convenient services contribute to employee productivity and can lead to reduced sick days through preventive programs such as complimentary flu shots.
Fitting Work to the Worker
Another aspect of our employee health program is a robust ergonomics initiative, led by an ergonomics specialist. Through the program, employees have the opportunity to receive individual assessments and tailored action plans for correcting improper work positions. These techniques, which range from stretching routines to updating office setups, all work to reduce the incidence of on-the-job injuries and increase worker productivity.
Also, complimentary virtual office ergonomics training and assessments are available to all Chesapeake employees through VelocityEHS, an online portal offering:
An online ergonomics training module
A workstation posture evaluation tool
An ergonomics risk score with personalized recommendations
A comprehensive help library
Targeted to field employees, Chesapeake’s Industrial Athlete program offers ergonomics coaching based on job function needs. The program covers such topics as vehicle use, manual material handling, hydration and nutrition, fatigue reduction and injury prevention. Overall wellness and body biomechanics are also addressed with training on body position, balance and pre-work warm-ups.
By the end of 2016, every field office participated in Industrial Athlete training, including all field employees and contractors in some areas.