Union Pacific's wellness program, "Take Charge. Feel Better. Live More," provides employees with resources to address mental and physical health concerns.
Union Pacific Health and Medical Services help employees manage a variety of wellness-related issues. Our System Health Injury Protocol (SHIP II) assists employees who may be at risk for injury because of low fitness levels. The program gives employees access to personal training sessions, as well as consultations with a nutritionist, to help them achieve their fitness goals. For employees who sustain an injury, the company's Return to Work (RTW) program enables them to perform productive, meaningful work activities within their physical capabilities as defined by their physicians. Additionally, Union Pacific provides education and assistance for issues including substance abuse, alertness and stress.
Other wellness programs available to employees include:
- Personalized Health Coaching helps employees and spouses with health risks including stress, depression, smoking, diabetes, nutrition education and weight management.
- Employee Assistance Program offers all employees and their families counseling and referral services for personal or work-related problems.
- Annual Wellness Incentives are available to non-union employees and their spouses for completing a wellness assessment and an annual physical.
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To increase participation in wellness programs and employee health, Union Pacific's Worksite Wellness Challenge recognizes individual work units that have adopted world-class wellness programs. Launched in 2013, the challenge evaluates and scores all work units on their wellness and safety education objectives. Participating worksites receive points based on engagement levels, resulting in designations to match the teams' efforts. In 2015, 50 out of 53 work units received platinum, gold, silver or bronze recognition. On average, engagement and participation grew 20 percent from 2014.
SYSTEM HEALTH FACILITY PROGRAM EXPANDED
The partnership with Healthy Contributions grew to more than 5,000 gym facilities available to employees through Union Pacific's industry leading System Health Facility program. The new network includes industry fitness leaders such as Gold's Gym and Anytime Fitness, as well as thousands of regional and local gyms. This benefit encourages Union Pacific employees to pursue a wellness path by taking charge of their health and fitness.
PEER SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Union Pacific Peer Support Program helps employees who experience a critical incident on the job or in their personal lives. Union Pacific employee volunteers are trained to help fellow colleagues deal with human and emotional impacts of incidents by working through the recovery process and offering confidential, emotional support. If needed, Peer Support also bridges to professional resources. The National Employee Assistance Helpline is available to employees 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Suicide is a difficult topic and it can be a particularly difficult to discuss in the workplace. To address the problem, Union Pacific sponsored a company-wide suicide awareness rollout on world-wide Suicide Prevention Day. Volunteers met fellow employees as they arrived to or left work, handing out wallet-size cards about suicide and giving employees a key chain with the message, "Stay Connected." Collectively, the volunteers reached 10,000 employees in a single day. Such peer-to-peer programs are vital to suicide prevention because colleagues have strong credibility with their co-workers. In addition to the direct employee outreach, the Union Pacific Foundation provided a $250,000 grant to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a public-private partnership working to make suicide prevention a national priority.