Wellness 360: 9 innovative Johnson & Johnson employee benefits for mind, body, and budget
Most people get health insurance on the job, but what about resilience training, emergency backup care for loved ones and financial coaching? These are just a few of the unique programs the company is proud to offer.
When it comes to signing up for annual benefits, people generally consider what kind of medical coverage they’ll need in the year to come—think preventive, dental and vision care.
Johnson & Johnson, however, wants to help its workforce take control of its overall health, so that also means mental, physical and even fiscal well-being.
It’s all part of the company’s mission to have the world’s healthiest workforce. To that end, Johnson & Johnson is continually increasing and enhancing its benefit offerings to help better meet the individual needs of its employees.
“We want to help encourage everyone to be their personal best,” says Jennifer Bruno, Head, Global Health Services, Johnson & Johnson.
And while the state of your finances may seem unrelated to your health, surveys show that concerns about finances are a leading cause of workplace stress among U.S. employees—and financial wellness programs are among some of the most popular benefits offerings.
In time for Social Wellness Month, take a look at these unique Johnson & Johnson benefits offerings designed to help improve the health of your mind, body and budget.
Benefits for Peace of Mind
Mental Health Help for the Whole Family
“Each year, one in four people experience some type of mental health challenge, such as stress, anxiety or depression,” Bruno says.
To help with that, Johnson & Johnson offers free resources for employees and their family members, including telephone counseling and up to six in-person visits per year with a mental health professional, as well as on-site professionals at some office locations.
Employees also have 24/7 access to educational tools to help combat stress, depression, eating disorders and other mental health issues.
A Resilience App Based on Behavioral Science
The meQuilibrium—or meQ—app is free to Johnson & Johnson employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and harnesses the science of behavioral psychology to help reduce stress and also improve resilience, agility and productivity.
Through customized, actionable how-to tips, users can learn how to adopt behaviors that can help keep them healthy and energized, like advice on how to practice mindfulness throughout a hectic day.
Backup Family Care When You Need It—Stat
It can be stressful when childcare falls through at the last minute, or a parent suddenly falls ill, which is why employees in the U.S. can register for a benefit enabling them to receive 15 annual days of backup care support for family members—either in-home or at a local care facility—for a modest copay. Bonus: New parents who sign up get an additional 20 days of assistance during their child’s first year.
Benefits for a Stronger, Healthier Body
Healthcare Points for Adopting Healthy Habits
Through the company’s digital health platform, Healthy & Me™, employees in the U.S. (and their spouses or partners) can earn an annual $500 discount on health insurance simply by earning and redeeming points for performing such good-for-you tasks as taking a health risk assessment, tracking physical activity or scheduling preventive screenings, like mammograms or colonoscopies.
The company has started offering health webinars to employees globally on topics like Family Health, Strength Training and Healthy Weight, which are available during the day and at night so employees can watch them with loved ones.
Daily Well-Being Reminders
When it comes to living healthier, who couldn’t use a little nudge now and then? Johnson & Johnson employees in the U.S. can sign up to get daily messages encouraging them to take quick, easy actions, like getting up for a stroll or drinking more water. “Many employees forward the tips to family and friends,” Bruno says.
As an extension of those daily healthy tips, the company has also started offering health webinars to employees globally on topics like Family Health, Strength Training and Healthy Weight, which are available during the day and at night so employees can watch them with loved ones.
Comprehensive On-Site Healthcare
Johnson & Johnson has full-service health clinics staffed with doctors and nurses at 100 locations across the globe. At many of the clinics, employees can stop by for access to a full range of preventive healthcare resources, including free vaccines, cancer screenings, full medical checkups and more.
Benefits to Help Keep a Budget Healthy
Financial Wellness for Life is a free new benefit designed to help employees in the U.S. better manage their money, whether they need advice on debt management, investing or retirement planning. Users can choose to attend group webinars on such practical topics as health savings accounts, tax planning and budgeting, or get one-on-one sessions with financial coaches. Spouses and partners can also use these services.
“In the first 60 days of the program alone, 10% of the employee population used it,” says Rosa Sexton, Head of Global Health Benefits, Johnson & Johnson.
The new Student Loan Assistance program gives employees in the U.S. access to a web portal that provides information on consolidating and refinancing student loans, as well as coaching with a counselor.
Student Loan Coaching
The new Student Loan Assistance program gives employees in the U.S. access to a web portal that provides information on consolidating and refinancing student loans, as well as coaching with a counselor to help them navigate the system.
“Nearly 800 people have registered for the site since it launched in July—and not just millennials, but people who have kids in college, too,” says Dan Damon, Global Welfare Design & Employee Programs Leader, Johnson & Johnson.
Affordable Legal Aid
Employees and retirees in the U.S. can take advantage of a group legal plan that offers an array of services, including estate planning, property transfers, identity theft protection and living trusts.
The plan works similarly to a health insurance plan: For an annual fee, you have the option of using in-network attorneys for paid-in-full coverage or out-of-network attorneys, for which you’re reimbursed a portion of their legal fees. The peace of mind it brings: priceless.