Honored with Workplace Wellness Award

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Workplace Wellness Awards Ceremony on November 14, 2013. From left to right: Cristina Hatem, Corporate Communications Manager; Laurel Benjamin, Human Resources Manager; and Desiree Booth, Human Resources Specialist.

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company was presented with a Workplace Wellness Award by the Business Journal News Network and BizEventz. According to the guidelines set forth by the Awards Committee, a business is honored with this recognition when it demonstrates a commitment to "creating a work environment that encourages healthy living among its employees."

Preferred Mutual has an organized Workplace Wellness initiative that includes monthly education sessions and activities that promote general wellness and work/life balance for employees. Examples of information and activities that the company sponsors include a GetUp & Go Walking Challenge; an Annual Health Fair and Flu Clinic; an onsite workout facility and healthy food choices in the cafeteria; and a cash payment program for employees who log their hours of physical activity.

The response and benefit of the insurance company's wellness initiative has been positive, with nearly 50 percent of employees participating in at least one of the Wellness programs throughout the year. Out of 260 employees, 125 employees participated in this year's walking challenge. Approximately 31 percent of employees participate in the exercise payment program annually.

According to Laurel Benjamin, Manager of Human Resources, "This high participation demonstrates the value these programs bring to our workforce. It's also a fantastic recruiting tool. As an employer, we recognize the importance of wellness for our employees, not only because we care about their individual well-being, but because it makes sense from a return on investment perspective."

This is not the first time Preferred Mutual has been recognized for its dedication to wellness in the workplace. Earlier this year, the company was recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite that makes its employees' health and wellness a top priority.

Preferred Mutual Insurance Company provides property and casualty insurance coverage to more than 235,000 individual and business customers through a network of more than 450 independent agents throughout New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The mutual insurance company, in business since 1896, employs more than 260 employees and is headquartered in New Berlin, New York. The company is rated "A" for excellent through A.M. Best.


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