Chesco government awarded top honor for employee well-being

The Chester County Commissioners presented an American Heart Month proclamation at last week’s public meeting to Chester County’s Human Resources Director Michelle Gallo (second left) and Employee Learning and Development Manager Marcy Curth (center), who oversees Chester County Government’s staff wellness program.

For the second consecutive year, the American Heart Association (AHA) awarded Chester County Government a Platinum recognition for “its commitment to employee health and well-being.” The County achieved Platinum status – the highest – on the AHA’s Workforce Well-Being Scorecard by scoring in the top eight percent of 492 participating organizations nationwide.

Receiving news of the award, Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Josh Maxwell said, “National recognition that values the importance of our employees’ physical and mental health is a tremendous accomplishment that we are very proud of. Chester County Government employs about 2,600 people, and their well-being directly impacts the overall health of our organization.

“We will continue to support the health of our workforce by listening to our employees, exploring new wellness options, and partnering with them to live healthy lives.”

The AHA developed the Workforce Well-Being Scorecard in collaboration with industry experts to help employers build a science-backed, employee-centric culture of health and well-being. Creating a culture of health in the workplace is vital to employee engagement, retention, and productivity.

County Commissioner Marion Moskowitz said, “The County started its Wellness Program – which includes incentives, rewards, and classes – in 2007, and it has grown to where 75 percent of employees participate today. In addition to improving the well-being of our staff, the proven success of our wellness program helps to control the ever-increasing cost of healthcare benefits.”

In earning the Platinum status, the AHA particularly noted the County’s excellence in its walking and financial wellness programs.

County Commissioner Eric Roe added, “We thank our Human Resources staff for their continued dedication to building a culture of health and well-being for all our employees. It’s another reason Chester County Government is a top employer in the county.”

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