In short, wellness is ingrained in the Lands' End corporate culture, and not only has bent the cost curve downward, but flat-lined it, according to Tyler Stuntebeck, the company's health and fitness supervisor.
cited other purported benefits of wellness, including increased employee productivity and morale, and improved employee recruitment and retention, but cost control is the prime benefit.
"We don't talk specific numbers," he
said, "but our health care costs have stayed flat the past few years.
The industry shows 8% to 10% annual increases in health care costs.
We attribute our wellness program to that flat line."
There is still work to do, however.
would like to see more employees sample healthier entrees in the company dining facilities, and is working with the food service contractor on that.
also wants healthier choices in vending machines, and he
wants some of the company's senior leaders to push wellness at the corporate level.
"Our wellness staff does a good job of expanding our programming, but you reach out to more people if you get that management push at the upper level," he