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Contractor’s employees rave about wellness program

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One year after Herndon, Va.-based government contractor GTSI started its wellness program, half of its 665 employees participate. And on a company survey, almost 100% of them described the organization as “more than just a place to work.”

The contractor enticed employees to participate with financial incentives such as a $100 reward for filling out a wellness assessment.

“The first thing to do is get them engaged,” says Bridget Atkinson, VP of HR. Employees can earn additional cash for joining a gym and logging their workout hours every week, or for participating in a smoking cessation or weight-loss program.

The firm’s web site is full of employee testimonials on the benefits of the program. The $40,000 wellness program saved the organization $200,000 in reduced health care costs and lost productivity during its first year, Atkinson adds.

Contact: Bridget Atkinson at (703) 502-2000.

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