These employers go above and beyond traditional benefits
The Healthiest Companies
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Free water, a decent desk chair, a few days off when you have the flu—and that's it, right? Not for these 21 companies. All of them make employee health and wellness a number-one priority. We're talking rock climbing walls, healthy snack stashes, meditation rooms, and team bonding retreats. Of course, there are lots of companies on this continent that offer outstanding health benefits. But everyone on this list offers at least basic health insurance for employees and makes some accommodation for fitness, whether that's an on-site fitness center or discounted gym memberships. And most of the companies go above and beyond with additionally awesome health benefits. Read on to find out who made the list.
(Note: This list only includes companies with 1,000+ employees worldwide and is not ranked from best to worst. To see the healthiest medium-sized (100-999 employees) and small (less than 100 employees) companies to work for, check out the full list on Greatist.com.)
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Location: Fairfield, CT (HQ); offices all over North America
Health is a big priority at GE, where employees can join the company-wide Health Ahead challenge. The program helps employees and their families stay active and makes sure they eat right, plus it includes services for smoking cessation and stress reduction. In honor of the 2012 Olympics, the company organized the Go for the Gold initiative, in which employees all over the world walked and ran to reach a million kilometers total. And that’s not it for the fun team activities: This group of GE Aviation employees helped break the world record for the most people doing a fitness band workout. But GE doesn’t stop at keeping its own employees healthy and fit: The Healthymagination fund invests in future healthcare technologies.
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Location: New York City, NY (HQ); offices across the globe
When it comes to all-around employee wellness, Accenture is on its game. The high-tech consulting company offers discounted gym memberships, mental health support, plus online health coach programs for personalized care. And since a lot of Accenture employees end up traveling for work, they also get access to information about where to work out across the USA. Accenture recently partnered with Stanford University in a program called "Steptacular," which rewards employees for walking more and staying active.
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Location: Mountain View, CA (HQ); 21 offices in North America
In case anyone needs some more incentive to work for this massive tech company, get this: The company headquarters features a giant slide, bikes, volleyball courts, and swimming pools. And in case someone gets injured in the pool, there are always on-site health professionals around. When it’s time for lunch, employees don’t have to struggle to eat healthfully: The company actually considered behavioral economics when designing the cafeteria to make healthy choices easier.
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Location: Rochester, NY (HQ); 80 stores throughout the U.S.
Having all that food around all day might be tempting, but this supermarket chain encourages its staff to follow the Eat Well, Live Well principles, which focus on fitness and healthy eating habits. Employees also get free flu vaccines and regular health screenings, plus access to a smoking cessation program that’s helped over 2,000 employees in the last few years. And got a question about health? Just call the new 24/7 health hotline just for Wegmans employees.
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Location: Columbus, OH (HQ); 93 locations in the U.S.
Nationwide is seriously on your side when it comes to health and wellness. Employees can exercise their stress away at on-site fitness centers and with discounted memberships at off-site gyms. The kids get to benefit, too—parents get a daycare spending account. And wrap your brain around this: The company lets employees play brain-training games during the workday to help reduce stress.
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Location: Beaverton, OR
This footwear, sportswear, and equipment company gets a big check mark for its health benefits program. Don’t be surprised to see employees sporting Nike T-shirts and sneakers—they get a nice discount on company merchandise. Plus they can put that workout gear to good use at on-site fitness centers and off-site gyms where they get discounted memberships.
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Location: Vancouver, BC; offices and stores throughout North America
The thousands of employees who work at this Canadian telecommunications company aren’t just tech whizzes; they’re also set up to be some of the country’s fittest, healthiest, and happiest folks. Most Telus offices feature on-site fitness and wellness centers (acupuncture, anyone?); those without on-site facilities offer discounts on gym memberships. The company also keeps staff competition stiff with the Active Living challenge, an 11-month online initiative that motivates employees to start or continue fitness routines. And forget those doughnut and Danish binges—Telus cafeterias provide healthy grub and nutritional counseling. Moms and dads won’t fret either: Schedules are flexible and parental leave is generous.
Photo: Team TELUS
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Location: Mayfield Village, OH (HQ); offices throughout the U.S.
Talk about progressive: The insurance company puts a focus on health with on-site fitness classes and equipment, fresh food, Weight Watchers at Work services, and rooms for relaxing and meditating. And no one’s getting twisted like a corporate pretzel here—there are even free ergonomics consultations. Progressive’s an especially great place for women, offering counseling for pregnant employees and lactation rooms.
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Location: Cary, NC (HQ); offices throughout North America
Rated one of the best companies to work for for women (and everyone else), this software company is all about personal health. Their North Carolina headquarters includes a huge fitness center, and some of their hundreds of satellite offices have on-site wellness services. And it’s always Bring the Kids to Work Day with on-site childcare. The do-gooder company even organizes volunteer programs and sustainability initiatives.
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Location: Oklahoma City, OK (HQ); offices throughout the U.S.
Go beyond the cubicle and check out the sand volleyball pit, the climbing wall, the Olympic-sized pool, and the rest of the equipment at the on-site fitness facility. And open wide—there’s even an on-site dental center! Chesapeake, a natural gas producer, prioritizes health by offering its employees bonuses for hitting the gym and attending health seminars. Kids can come and hang out at the on-site child development center.
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Location: San Francisco, CA (HQ); stores throughout North America
The oh-so-refreshing California company was recently recognized for its outstanding employee health and wellness services, and for good reason. Participants in the CEO Health Challenge program get discounts on health care benefits and the company sponsors employee teams for marathons and other fitness events. For those looking to work up a sweat before the workday, there’s even bike storage and showers. Moms can rest easy, too with in-office lactation lounges.
Photo: Jamba Juice
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Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada (HQ); stores throughout North America
Down-dog in style by working for this Canadian athletic-wear company. Lululemon pays for employees to take yoga classes and there’s even a yoga studio at the company headquarters. Employees make a point of “sweating together” (less gross than it sounds) at 6 a.m. spin classes or stand-up paddleboard lessons. But it’s not all about the bod: During training, employees work on skills like goal-setting and positive thinking.
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Location: New York, NY (HQ); 11 offices around the US
The American Heart Association labeled this health insurance company a Fit-Friendly Company in 2012, meaning it makes employee health and wellness a priority. As part of the myHealth path program, EmblemHealth employees earn points for healthy behaviors like quitting smoking, and they get discounts on gym memberships and weight loss programs. Every few months senior staff members at the company lead team walks (see photo) to boost morale and encourage employees to stay active. There’s even a registered dietitian around to help employees with their health goals.
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Location: Pawtucket, RI
Working for a toy company is every kid’s dream, but adults here have some fun, too. The company runs a special wellness program called “Imagine” that helps employees develop healthy eating habits and fitness routines. Plus they offer other wellness services like Weight Watchers and smoking cessation programs. And there’s no need to go running up and down the staircase — most of their locations all over the USA feature on-site fitness centers, and the Rhode Island office includes indoor and outdoor walking routes (marked with Candy Land “Healthy Steps” plaques!). Most importantly, no one’s left out: Health care benefits also apply to same-sex couples.
Hitachi Data Systems
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Location: Santa Clara, CA (HQ); 49 more offices in North America
Health and Hitachi go hand-in-hand. Employees at the data storage company get free gym memberships and healthy food at the office. Plus there’s the freedom to work from home and during flexible hours.
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United Space Alliance
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Location: Houston, TX (HQ); other offices in FL and AL
No, the benefits at this company (which makes products for space industries) don’t include flying to outer space. But they do offer flexible schedules and the option of working from home (or the moon), plus free gym memberships, making for some pretty pleased employees.
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Location: New York, NY
What happened to those Snickers bars and M&Ms? The vending machines at Fresh Direct, a company that delivers groceries to customers in the New York City area, are stocked only with fresh fruit. Employees stay active, too, with discounts to the New York Sports Club and regular team walks around Long Island City (where their offices are located).
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Location: Henderson, NV
OMG, shoes. It’s a group effort at this shoe and clothing company, where employees go on monthly team-building outings. On-site wellness services include nap rooms, nursing rooms for moms, and even a personal life coach. Best of all? Even Fido’s taken care of with health insurance coverage for pets.
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Location: Salt Lake City, UT
CHG will rock you—your body, that is. Employees trying to shed the pounds can participate in the company-wide Rock Your Body challenge to see who can lose the most weight. There’s also a new on-site wellness center for employees and their families, complete with free health screenings, yoga classes, and even smoking cessation programs. And no one stays scrunched up in a computer chair for long—check out the photo of employees doing their daily 2 p.m. “Stretchy Stretchy” routine.
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Usana Health Sciences
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Location: Salt Lake City, UT
The employees churning out sports supplements for customers are just as focused on their own health and fitness. No candy machines here—the company offers organic food in the cafeteria. And when employees are ready to break a sweat, they can head over to the on-site gym and basketball court.
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Location: San Francisco, CA
A little birdie told us Twitter’s got some awesome employee health benefits. Vacation time and parental leave are flexible—after all, you can tweet from pretty much anywhere. For those who prefer a solo workout sesh, the company offers gym membership reimbursements, but for those who are into the group thing, there are weekly yoga and Pilates classes in the office.
Photo: Troy Holden