February 23, 2023/St. Louis, Missouri – Cigna has selected YWCA Metro St. Louis as a recipient of their Bronze level Healthy Workforce Designation for demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the health and well-being of its employees through a workplace wellness program.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for success in investing in our employees’ well-being, which contributes to an overall more productive, satisfied workforce and positive business performance,” said Dr. Cheryl Watkins, MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metro St. Louis.
Investing in an effective workplace well-being program drives value for employers. Senior executives surveyed as part of an Economist Impact study commissioned by Cigna reported greater productivity, stronger staff morale and motivation, and greater retention and loyalty as the most significant business outcomes of a healthy workforce. Additionally, a Gallup Report finds that on average, companies with high employee engagement are 23 percent more profitable.
“It is an honor to receive the Bronze level designation by Cigna. Our organization takes pride in having a solid wellness program,” said Sharon Winfield, YWCA Metro St. Louis Chief Human Resources Officer.
The Cigna Healthy Workforce Designation, formerly known as the Cigna Well-Being Award, evaluates organizations based on the core components of their well-being program, including leadership and culture, program foundations, program execution, and whole person health. Organizations recognized with the Healthy Workforce Designation set the standard of excellence for whole-organization health. Cigna is proud to honor YWCA Metro St. Louis with the Bronze level designation for having made good progress toward a healthy work culture by establishing and growing their employee well-being and engagement program.
“We are honored to recognize organizations like YWCA Metro St. Louis who share our commitment to workplace wellness. Creating a healthy work culture is of critical importance, and many employers are seeing increased employee engagement, productivity, and retention as a result of whole person health wellness initiatives,” said Cindy Ryan, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Cigna.
YWCA Metro St. Louis is the region’s leading advocate for the safety, security and stability of women, serving approximately 11,000 women and families annually. The mission of YWCA is eliminating racism and empowering women. YMCA offers crisis intervention and Rapid Re-Housing for victims of sexual and domestic violence; Prenatal services, Head Start and Early Head Start early childhood education; racial justice educational programs; and economic empowerment for all clients.