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Updated: September 16, 2019

Burns & McDonnell’s wellness focus comes from the top


2nd Place | Category: 5,000-plus employees

Burns & McDonnell

Industry: Engineering, architecture, and construction

Top Executive: Ray Kowalik, Chairman and CEO

Fast Fact: In 2018, Burns & McDonnell had the highest employee participation in its wellness incentive program. More than 78 percent of its employees completed the program, and over 85 percent engaged in it.

Last year, Burns & McDonnell chief executive Ray Kowalik teamed up with employees to set wellness goals for the year, a sign that concern for employee health comes straight from the top.

Kowalik and the “wellness team” came up with the Fitness Device Bonus incentive program, in which participating employees are given a fitness tracking device, and win points for physical activity.

In addition to earning points for exercising, Burns & McDonnell pays 100 percent of the costs for employees to join recreational league sports teams, hosts regular fitness challenges and has a wellness committee tasked with developing future programs.

In addition to physical health, Burns & McDonnell offers employees ways to improve their mental and financial health through emotional health coaches, stress management classes and ongoing financial education opportunities led by in-house teams and others.

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