Missouri Southern State University has joined a growing number of Missouri businesses by becoming a recipient of the Missouri Workplace Wellness Award at the platinum level, which is the highest certification level awarded.
“We are honored to receive such an important award,” said Evan Jewsbury, Missouri Southern’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “It goes to show our progress and commitment toward advancing wellness at MSSU by obtaining the highest wellness program award in the state.”
Employers that provide wellness accommodations report higher employee retention, lower absenteeism and presenteeism, higher morale, greater productivity, a safer work environment, and reduced health care costs. Many studies have also shown improved employee job satisfaction.
The Missouri Workplace Wellness Award is a collaboration between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS), Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) and the University of Missouri Extension. The program aims to bring an increased awareness about the importance of worksite wellness for employees.
It recognizes employers with policies supportive of employee health and wellness. Health-related policies are formal written statements that are designed to protect or promote employee health such as a tobacco free policy or policy allowing employees to engage in wellness activities on work time.