Washington Trust finds ways to stay well while being remote

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022
500-1,499 EMPLOYEES
3. The Washington Trust Co.

CEO (or equivalent): Edward O. Handy III, Chairman and CEO
Number of employees: 644

COVID-19 PRESENTED OBSTACLES for The Washington Trust Co.’s 10-member wellness committee. “How could we support their health journey when they are remote?” said Danielle Elwood, human resources administrator.

The Westerly-based financial institution could no longer do events such as bone-density testing. Though forced online, efforts got creative and continue to flourish.

Monthly themes – such as UV protection and mental health – became building blocks. The 644 employees now view webinars, access health information and participate in challenges, posting progress on the company intranet.

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“Team members posted photos getting their Vitamin D, walking in their favorite spot using sunscreen,” for UV protection awareness, Elwood said, fostering camaraderie during a time when teams were working from home.

Each campaign resonates and covers topics such as proper hydration and healthy recipes. Feedback yielded about 50 employee ideas the committee is cycling through.

A Healthy Thought: ‘In 2021, 85% of employees were actively engaged in the wellness program, with 23% of employees participating in health webinars.’
DIANNE M. MORRONE, The Washington Trust Co. assistant vice president, corporate training

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