Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Balance of Work, Life Red Spot Has Seen Benefits of Caring about Worker's Lives

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Balance of Work, Life Red Spot Has Seen Benefits of Caring about Worker's Lives

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If you work full time, it can be a challenge to find time for exercise, medical office visits and grocery shopping. With that in mind, Red Spot Paint and Varnish has worked in recent years to bring these healthy habits into the workplace.

Starting with the addition of a wellness nurse in 2004, the Evansville manufacturer has developed a host of programs and policies that aim to help employees balance their work and home lives.

In 2007 Red Spot opened an on-site clinic where employees and their covered dependents can go for free basic medical care, including generic prescriptions, blood work and office visits.

The clinic is open eight hours a week. Its goal is to promote preventive care and offer a convenient and quick alternative to traditional doctor's office visits.

"It is by far the most valued benefit we offer here," said Emilee Hille, Red Spot's corporate director of human resources. Many of Red Spot's other work/life offerings also focus on health and safety.

For instance, the company offers "lunch and learn" sessions on various health and mental health topics; it reimburses employees for up to $25 of the cost of participating in organized walks, runs and bike rides; and during the summer months, it brings in a local produce vendor who sells fresh fruits and vegetables to employees.

Earlier this year, Red Spot's efforts earned it statewide recognition. The company was named 2011 Healthiest Employer of Indiana in the 100-499 employee category.

The awards program is presented by the Indianapolis Business Journal. (Toyota's Princeton, Ind., facility won this honor among companies with more than 5,000 employees.) These health-related programs have had a direct impact on the bottom line, Hille said.

Since 2006, Red Spot employees have had the chance to earn discounts on their health insurance premiums by participating in annual health screenings.

About 82 percent of the company's 260 employees and their covered dependents participate in this program.

Data from those screenings show that Red Spot's workforce (average age: 48) has been able to reduce its risk factors for conditions such as obesity, high cholesterol and tobacco use. …

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