Workplace Wellbeing: The 4th Annual Edington CBIZ Next Practice Award Winners Announced

Employee Services Organization
a division of CBIZ
., in conjunction with Edington
Associates LLC
, today announces the winners of the 4th
Annual Edington CBIZ Next Practice Award. This awards program identifies
companies that are using innovative wellbeing practices and programs to
cultivate a high-performing culture.

The Edington CBIZ Next Practice Award nominees were considered based on
the following five core pillars: Senior Leadership, Operational
Leadership, Self-Leadership, Recognition and Rewards and Quality
Assurance. The panel of judges was comprised of 20 experts in the
wellbeing and human resources field. Judges were asked to recognize the
organizations that were most engaged in innovative and creative
wellbeing initiatives.

After careful evaluation, the 4th Annual Next Practice Award
winners include:

  • Pillar I ─ Senior Leadership:

    • Aduro, Inc.
    • Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • Pillar II ─ Operational Leadership:

    • Blue Valley Unified School District #229
    • Emory University & Emory Healthcare
    • ESC Lab Science
  • Pillar III ─ Self-Leadership:

    • Aduro, Inc.
    • American Specialty Health, Inc.
    • Blue Valley Unified School District #229
    • Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO)
    • Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
    • Raytown Quality Schools/Raytown School District
    • Viverae

Several employers were also honored with a “Great Beginnings Award”,
which recognizes organizations that are on the short path to becoming
Next Practice Award winners. The Great Beginnings recognitions also
followed the pillars of success:

  • Pillar I ─ Senior Leadership:

    • Blue Valley Unified School District #229
    • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA)
    • Raytown Quality Schools/Raytown School District
  • Pillar II ─ Operational Leadership:

    • Aduro, Inc.
    • Alhambra Elementary School District
    • Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA)
    • Park Hill School District
    • Raytown Quality Schools/Raytown School District
    • Sonic Boom Wellness
  • Pillar III ─ Self-Leadership:

    • CentraState Healthcare System
    • Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)/HealthQuest
    • POAH Communities
    • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRP-MIC)
  • Pillar IV ─ Recognition and Rewards:

    • Blue Valley Unified School District #229

“Wellbeing’s place within all industries will continue to advance as
companies seek to improve the culture of their organizations and the
lives of their workers,” says Emily Noll, National Director of CBIZ
Wellbeing Solutions. “We are excited to acknowledge this year’s
nominees, honorees and winners, as we believe their efforts will have a
lasting impact on employers and employees alike.” Wendra Johnson, Chief
Business Development Officer for CBIZ Employee Services Organizations
feels, “It’s really important to recognize employers like these who are
committed to improving their corporate culture, as we know that a
thriving workplace reduces employee stress and improves wellbeing and
engagement. Ultimately, that translates into better work/life
experiences, reduced health care costs and optimal business outcomes.”

Applicants were first required to complete a pre-qualification survey,
which assesses progress across each of the five pillars. The
organizations that met the pre-qualification threshold were then invited
to complete the award application, which required a description of the
organization’s wellbeing initiative, participation and engagement across
the workforce.

Of this year’s program, Jack Bastable, award co-founder observes, “The
number of applicants continues to grow! It’s a testament to the
tremendous effort that employers are putting in to become champion
companies.” Dr. Dee Edington is also proud of the winners – “The Next
Practice and Great Beginnings Award winners are truly special companies
who care enough to invest their time, energy and resources to make
positive organization health a reality and differentiator for their

Some of the award winners will be sharing their practices on a national
webinar on Tuesday, August 2nd. Stay tuned for additional opportunities
to learn more about the work of these champion companies.

About CBIZ

Named one of America’s 2015 Best Employers and ranked as the #1 employer
in the consulting and accounting industry by Forbes magazine, CBIZ, Inc.
provides professional business services that help clients better manage
their finances and employees. CBIZ provides its clients with financial
services including accounting, tax, financial advisory, government
health care consulting, risk advisory, real estate consulting, and
valuation services. Employee services include employee benefits
consulting, property and casualty insurance, retirement plan consulting,
payroll, life insurance, HR consulting, and executive recruitment. As
one of the nation’s largest brokers of employee benefits and property
and casualty insurance, and one of the largest accounting and valuation
companies in the United States, the Company’s services are provided
through more than 100 Company offices in 33 states.

About Edington
Associates LLC

Edington Associates works with organizations to develop healthy and high
performing workplaces and people for the 21st century. The Edington
system helps employers become champion companies through research,
experiences and solutions that build supportive leadership and healthy
work environments, design and leverage effective health management
programs and create timely and actionable plans to build a sustaining
culture that we would even like our children to work in.


Business Contact:
Amy Howell

for CBIZ
Employee Services
Rebecca Horky