UB Finalist in WNY Healthiest Employer Awards – UBNow: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

UB was named a finalist in this year’s WNY Healthiest Employers Awards. UB is one of five finalists in the X-Large category for employers with more than 1,600 employees, along with ACV Auctions Inc., GEICO, Mattel and People Inc.

UB has been widely recognized for its benefits, including generous time and attendance and accrual policies, and the breadth of programs offered through wellness and work-life balance.

For example, Wellness and Work Life Balance have conducted over 200 programs over the past year. These included lunchtime in-person fitness classes, outdoor and indoor campus walks, partnering with Independent Health’s Fitness in the Parks program to host a weekly yoga class at South Lake Village and virtual and in-person health and wellness seminars. Wellness and Work Life Balance have also partnered with UB Recreation to offer chair yoga so people of all abilities can participate.

“We are always on the lookout for new ideas,” explains Michèle Poitras, Wellness and Work-Life Balance program manager. “We want to meet people where they are. Campus units can also contact us to program with them. »

Poitras adds that mental health will be a focus of WWLB’s fall programming.

Of course, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, much of WWLB’s programming went virtual. Some of these have continued, including the hugely popular ‘Mini Mental Breaks’, which feature 15-minute interactive games of trivia or Pictionary.

“It’s about releasing stress and engaging with people, and it really seemed to work. People really appreciate the mini mental breaks,” says Pete Logiudice, community relations assistant in the Wellness department. being and work-life balance.

UB has also been recognized for its parent-friendly policies and generous leave benefits. The university also offers private lactation rooms for students, faculty, and staff on all three campuses.

One company in each of the four size categories will take home top honors at an August 25 event at Buffalo Riverworks.