It’s not abnormal to hear the clunk of ski boots walking around Aspen’s City Hall in the winter, especially on a powder day. A quick ski run is one way many City of Aspen employees choose to spend their lunch break. Even given the location, this type of workday flexibility is not as common as one might think. A culture centered around employee health and wellbeing has been carefully crafted to foster this and many other health benefits and activities at the City of Aspen, a Health Links Healthy Workplace™ Leader.
According to Andrea Laube, Benefits & Well-Being Administrator at the City, “The City of Aspen is focused on the whole employee, including their physical, social, emotional, financial, and spiritual well-being.” In a company with top-to-bottom buy-in, City of Aspen employees volunteer on the Health and Well-Being Committees and are devoted to making their organization the best of its kind. “Safety First” is not just a phrase that employees hear at mandatory trainings, safe practices and ideals are embedded into their daily work. City employees go to great lengths to maintain the highest measures of health and safety, which ultimately leads to a healthier and more productive workforce.
“Being a healthy workplace means meeting employees where they are. It means supporting the whole employee, which extends beyond focusing on the bottom line and Return on Investment (ROI),” says Andrea. “The value we receive from being a healthy workplace allows our employees to thrive both personally and professionally.”
As part of its wellness program, the City offers a “fun pass” to employees, enabling them, their spouses, and dependents, to earn free rec center passes by volunteering at City events throughout the year. This volunteer time fosters a greater connection within the community and provides an opportunity for individuals to get to know their colleagues from other departments. Not only that, it doubles as a reward that promotes active living!
“Health Links serves as a strong support system to the City of Aspen,” according to Andrea. The Health Links assessment and advising sessions have helped the City recognize its strengths and identify opportunities to enhance and drive its overall health and well-being strategy. The process has also helped them establish measurable outcomes allowing for more effective and useful program evaluation.