Gilbane employees encouraged to think of more than physical health

1,500-4,999 EMPLOYEES: 3. Gilbane Building Co.
CEO (or equivalent): Michael McKelvy, CEO and president
Number of employees: 3,240

With 3,240 employees – about 250 of whom are in Rhode Island – Gilbane Building Co., based in Providence, is moving toward a holistic approach to wellness, one that incorporates physical, behavioral, financial and social health.

Working with StayWell, Gilbane created a Wellbeing Champion Network and simplified the requirements to earn the 40% annual medical discount off employees’ medical premiums.

‘We must take care of ourselves before we can support others.’
LYNN GILLIS, Gilbane Building Co. senior benefits manager

“Almost 70% of eligible employees earned this discount [during each of the last three years],” Gilbane Senior Benefits Manager Lynn Gillis said, “which supports Gilbane’s culture of rewarding behavior as we continue our journey toward holistic health.”

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The Wellbeing Champion Network engages employee volunteers who promote wellness initiatives to their colleagues, including financial workshops, a sleep challenge and brief daily brain breaks away from one’s worksite. An executive-led committee is evaluating the overlap between safety and ­wellness.

“Our goal is for our employees to start thinking of well-being as more than physical,” Gillis said.