Wellness: A team sport

Alex Alsup, account manager for health and productivity at Assured Partners, says wellness leaders play key roles in the company’s regional offices. 

They champion corporate wellness efforts at each location, and launch new initiatives to help keep employees active.

“They really operate as the cheerleaders for the offices to get geared up for rallies, along with promoting their own local resources,” says Alsup. While the team of Alsup, Kristin Meschler and Cary Seager serve as champions of wellness through their roles as the AssuredPartners Health and Productivity Team, they also provide local wellness leaders with the latitude to create programs at individual offices.

“They have autonomy to build their wellness programs the way they want to be structured, as long as they are communicating the rally programming,” says Alsup. “All of our offices’ programs look different, which we love to see. Variety across the country is amazing and lets others gain ideas, tips and tricks of what worked well and how to improve on what didn’t work well.”

“We dedicate time on our monthly calls to share what other offices are doing in an effort to inspire individuality in the creation of their office’s wellness culture,” Meschler adds. Wellness leaders are asked to build a wellness culture within the offices, says Alsup. 

“Some hold healthy happy hours, where they showcase a new healthy food once a month, and you can step away from your desk and be around co-workers to enjoy some time away. This builds culture within the office and lets folks know that leadership is involved with their health and wants the best for their well-being.”

As a rapidly expanding company, Alsup, Meschler and Seager say they’re always available for new wellness leaders.

“I give an intro call to all new wellness leaders explaining everything they need to know to be successful,” says Alsup.  “They also have access to a webpage that shows examples of what other offices have done in the categories of nutrition, fitness, stress and emotional well-being and more.”

Meschler says the “goal of any wellness endeavor is to improve the health and lives of its members, and AP Wellness is no exception.”  

Meschler says ensuring wellness leaders are engaged is critical.

“By engagement, we mean that these wellness leaders should not only be in tune with AP Wellness as a whole, but willing to help engage other team members as well.  Our hope is that these leaders will not only participate in wellness personally, but will also actively encourage their peers to do the same. We find that the offices that have the most participation and report a positive happy culture correlate to what we believe are highly engaged wellness leaders.”  

The team notes that AP has many new offices coming aboard, but that the goal is for each to have its own wellness plan and leader.

“There are many changes occurring during the merger process, and occasionally wellness is overlooked,” says Meschler. “If an employee does not know who their wellness leader is, they should ask their local HR manager, who will then identify a local representative for the office and connect that person with the AP Health and Productivity team.”

Seager notes that wellness leaders and committee members come from many company positions — from service team members, producers, HR and receptionists to office managers. 

“The common denominator is a passion for well-being, sprinkled in with a bit of fun,” she says.