FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) - The employees of Brown and Brown Insurance in Carmel, take their health very seriously. So much so, they have invested in two $2,500 Tread Desks for their office on North Meridian Street.
The tread desks have become popular spots to check emails and phone messages.
Senior Vice President Andrew Lockerbie walks about three miles an hour four to five hours a week on the adjustable desk and he's not alone. Sign up sheets for the treadmill/desks fill up quickly.
The tread desks are just one part of the overall wellness philosophy of the staff of Brown and Brown. A committee meets regularly to promote healthy choices.
They have even devised a game called the Oregon Trail, where teams of employees accumulate points for using the tread desk or participating in Brown and Brown run/walks. The teams that get the most points finish the Oregon Trail.
Vendors who visit Brown and Brown have been asked to ditch the doughnuts and bring healthy snacks like fresh fruit or granola. The company has also invested in 12 large stability balls for the employees who want to switch from traditional chairs.
"We have about 60 employees in this location," says Meredith Sharp, Market Security and Insurance Operations Analyst for Brown and Brown. "And we're slowly increasing the amount of stability balls that we have available."
Participation in the office wellness program isn't 100 percent. Staff and management understand lifestyle change takes time and compassion. In fact wellness at Brown and Brown takes a top down approach.
"We want those in leadership to be the model for their employees," says Lockerbie. "We want them to say, 'hey, this is something that we find as important, we're encouraging you to take advantage of it.'"
But Lockerbie admits there is a limit.
"We don't want to start measuring waistlines and pounds and all that kind of stuff. That's sometimes a personal thing, but to get employees involved in the culture or participating in a culture of wellness, this is a great example."
Brown and Brown is a national company with offices, or profit centers, all over the country. The Indianapolis office is the first to implement the wellness program.
"We find that employee morale is better," says Meredith Sharp. "And we find that the overall office environment is one that is conducive to health and well being."
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