Bringing Well-being to Isolated Employee Populations
Two flagship universities, four regional universities, 10 two-year colleges, 8,000 benefits-eligible employees and 44,000 students. That’s the Montana University System (MUS). With a massive network of dedicated employees, MUS faced an added challenge: no centralised email system. HR knew it needed to get creative in reaching and inspiring well-being across a large employee population.
In search of a solution that could connect employees and combat stress, MUS partnered with Limeade to design MUS Wellness. The goals were simple in theory: to improve health and empower programme users to be champions of their own well-being. To address employee silos, MUS took advantage of already popular employee resources like social media, an employee-facing blog and in-person events, to direct people to MUS Wellness. Once employees registered, they were met with a culturally-relevant, whole-person programme that took them on a personalised well-being journey.
Then MUS launched Limeade Interactive, a video and quiz add-on that transforms bite-size videos into targeted challenges. This was a fun way for employees to receive important information, and the analytics helped MUS managers see how their messages were being received.
Employees are more likely to experience high well-being when they feel supported by their employer. The MUS well-being journey is a prime example.
After their 2014 programme launch, MUS saw a significant year-over-year improvement in health, well-being and productivity for at-risk employees.
“Limeade has enabled us to reach a population that’s located across the state and bring a centralised, cohesive feel to the MUS Wellness Programme.”
Cristin Stokes, Nutrition Specialist and MUS Wellness Programme Manager