Tyson Worksite Wellbeing Proving to be Big Hit

Employees are arguably the most valuable asset of any company, which is one reason businesses of all sizes are investing in employee wellness programs.

Tyson Fresh Meats is one of the first Siouxland companies to fully embrace the idea.

tyson fresh meats logo web“We believe that [staff] who are healthy are happier and more productive. They have fewer concerns about health care issues and can also reduce their health care expenses,” said Steve Stouffer, Tyson Fresh Meats President. “We’re committed to working with our team members to keep their health a priority.”

Studies on workplace wellbeing note that employees engaged in a wellness program tend to miss fewer days and file fewer health insurance claims. With an average of three dollars saved for every dollar invested, the return on investment is making the workplace wellness choice easier for employers.

Stouffer continued, “We care about our team members, and one of the ways we can help them is by supporting efforts to promote their health and wellness. We’re pleased with the progress of our efforts. Through our partnership with the YMCA, we held 18 health and wellness events in 2015 and saw participation by hundreds of team members.”

Through the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA’s Wellness@Work, Tyson and its staff have access to a wide variety of services: YMCA membership discounts, wellbeing workshops, on-site fitness classes, comprehensive individual Health Risk Assessments & screenings (cholesterol, blood sugar, biometrics) and one-on-one coaching.

Wellness@Work is an outcome-based program tailored to provide businesses with tools and support to sustain a healthier workforce, while fitting any budget.

Y Community Wellness Coordinator Sarah Davy summed up, “We strive to provide a holistic approach to wellbeing for employees in the community. It is our responsibility at the YMCA to be proactive when it comes to worksite wellness. We want to continue building a better us like we have been over the past 130 years.”

Tyson Fresh Meats’ corporate offices located in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota and Dakota City, Nebraska, which employee approximately 500 people, began the worksite wellbeing partnership with the Y in 2015. Tyson Fresh Meats is part of Tyson Foods, Inc., one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork.