Missouri Southern’s Wellness Incentive Program has earned the highest level of certification – appropriately enough, gold.

Evan Jewsbury, Missouri Southern’s chief human resources officer, accepted the Missouri Workplace Wellness Award award last week during a ceremony at Freeman Health System’s Business Center.

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, Missouri Council for Activity and Nutrition and the University of Missouri Extension.

The program aims to bring an increased awareness about the importance of worksite wellness for employees, and recognizes employers with policies supportive of employee health and wellness.

“We are extremely honored to receive such an important award,” said Jewsbury. “Wellness has always been a cornerstone for our faculty, staff and students over the years, and we look forward to building on what we consider to be a solid program that continues to improve each employee’s personal wellness journey.”

“We incentivize our employees with a $25 per month discount toward their health insurance. It allows them to focus on what’s most important to them whether that be social, community, career, physical, emotional or financial well-being.”