Promoting Employee Health
Protecting our people takes a coordinated and comprehensive approach that begins at the job site and extends to include all of employee well-being.
Supporting the individual well-being of our employees is foundational to our safety culture. We champion healthy lifestyles and offer resources encouraging our employees to put their health first.
Across the company, employees are offered preventive programs and are incentivized to complete an annual screening for common health-related issues. In 2018, 86% of our workforce completed a health check and received a reduced insurance rate as a result. Those employees who scheduled their screenings also had the opportunity to be connected to a specialized health professional if additional follow up was needed.
For convenience, 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 hosts dermatology and sports medicine appointments, and has a full-service dental office. Neighboring the clinic is a state-of-the-art fitness center that offers physical therapy, personal training, group classes and nutritional counseling. Employees who do not office at the corporate campus can schedule phone meetings with the fitness staff or dietitian and are eligible for fitness membership reimbursement.
For those unable to visit a nearby health professional, Chesapeake offers Teladoc memberships to employees and dependents enrolled in one of our health plans. Through Teladoc, employees can connect in minutes with a board-certified and state-licensed physician who can diagnose and treat common illnesses via phone or video. Requests for these convenient consultations can be made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by web, phone or mobile app.
Making healthy food choices is easier at Chesapeake thanks to targeted communications in each of the corporate campus restaurants. Foods are coded using a stoplight system to note which food is healthiest, and nutritional information is available upon request. In addition, we offer weekly healthy habit exchanges to give employees the opportunity to encourage each other and improve together.
Chesapeake recognizes that wellness goes beyond just physical health, and that personal problems can affect job performance by causing stress, absence from work and difficulty focusing. We offer an Employee Assistance Program for all employees from the first day of employment regardless if they are enrolled in a Chesapeake insurance plan. Through this program, employees and members of their households receive six free, confidential counseling sessions per issue per year.
Our Employee Assistance Program also acts as a referral service that can help employees and their families cope with different life stages and challenges such as:
- Prenatal planning
- Locating child and elder care
- Financial information and resources to help with issues such as college financing, debt support or tax questions
- Legal support and resources to assist with items such as contracts, civil actions or real estate transactions
- Work-life solutions to provide resources for major purchases, moving and retirement planning
Evolving our industry-leading compensation and benefits package provides another opportunity for Chesapeake to encourage work-life harmony. Most recently, we implemented paid parental leave for both male and female full-time employees, offering up to four weeks per year of paid leave following the birth of a child or adoption of a child. Combined with our company’s disability leave available to a woman giving birth to a child, a new mother may be eligible for up to 12 weeks paid leave.
Continuing our emphasis on work-life harmony, we have implemented a number of programs to promote both job satisfaction and workplace productivity. For example, we offer emotional intelligence training, recognizing that our ability to deal effectively with our emotions in the workplace is critical to professional success and well-being. These trainings provide employees with tools, techniques and skills to manage emotions with confidence and positive results.
We also recognize that when an employee feels relaxed and authentic, they are more likely to be collaborative and innovative. For this reason, we adopted a “dress for your day” dress code policy to allow our corporate office employees to dress as dictated by their personal preferences and the circumstances of their days.
Fitting Work to the Worker
Another aspect of our employee health program is a robust ergonomics initiative. Through the program, employees have the opportunity to receive individual assessments and tailored action plans for correcting improper work positions and habits. These techniques, which range from stretching routines to modified 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. Every field office has participated in Industrial Athlete training, including all field employees and contractors in some areas.