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Updated: September 21, 2020

Gilbane builds on wellness expectations


1st Place | Category: 2,501 to 4,999 Employees

Gilbane Inc.

Headquarters: Glastonbury

Industry: Construction and real estate development

Top Executive: Thomas F. Gilbane Jr. is chairman and CEO of Gilbane Inc. and chairman of Gilbane Building Co. in Glastonbury

Gilbane Inc. is raising the bar for employees pursuing a broader approach to healthy living.

“Wellness goes beyond physical fitness,” said Michael McKelvy, CEO of Gilbane Building Co. “It is a holistic mindset.”

Over the last year, the company has expanded the number of activities employees and their spouses must complete in order to earn up to a 40% discount on their medical premiums.

Historically, the company has only asked medically enrolled members to complete a biometric screening and nicotine-free attestation for the annual discount. But it recently added two “total well-being” requirements to the program, including getting a flu shot and attending a local volunteer event or webinar related to financial wellness.

Despite the heightened expectations, Gilbane said it maintained a 76% completion rate for the medical discount-related activities.

Gilbane is also continuing to collaborate with work-wellness vendor Virgin Pulse to offer employees and families a more comprehensive program throughout the year, opposed to a “check-the-box” approach, company leaders said.

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