Ragan’s Workplace Wellness Awards, Class of 2024: Winners announced

Check out this year’s class of winners making employee wellbeing a priority.

Ragan is excited to announce the winners of our Workplace Wellness Awards, Class of 2024, honoring the wellness communications initiatives that set a benchmark of excellence. This year’s winners include worldwide organizations and individuals that foster a culture of wellness at work and set commendable examples for others to follow. These organizations and people prioritize their employees’ mental, physical, social, financial and professional wellbeing.

Among the many impressive employee wellbeing efforts of this year’s winners, several initiatives stood out:

  • The Cigna Group’s annual Global Wellness Challenge (GWC), running for six weeks, encourages employees and their families to accumulate activity minutes with incentives such as prizes, wellbeing incentive dollars and charitable donations. Evolving from its origins in 2010, the GWC now encompasses mental and physical health, social connection and volunteering, driving an 8.1% increase in participation in 2023, with over 28,605 participants tracking nearly 61 million minutes of wellness activity.
  • Food Lion implemented the Healthy Foundations program to increase awareness and utilization of benefits among its 82,000 associates across 10 states. By organizing benefits into four pillars aligned with company values and creating an interactive card game featuring diverse personas, Food Lion successfully engaged associates and achieved a completion rate of 92% by October 2023. A 300% increase in Employee Assistance Program utilizations and over 130% increase in counseling sessions demonstrate the program’s positive impact on engaging associates about benefit offerings.
  • Over the past year, Johnson & Johnson prioritized learning and development, aiming to foster a culture of growth and innovation across its workforce. Through the implementation of “J&J Learn,” a comprehensive learning and development ecosystem accessible to all 150,000 global employees, the company facilitated personalized learning experiences and provided resources for career advancement, resulting in increased employee retention and high-performance ratings. Leveraging consumer-grade technology and continuous feedback loops, J&J has seen success in promoting employee wellbeing and professional development, including an outstanding Global Learning Day, where over 109,000 learning completions were recorded.

Congratulations to this year’s winners and honorees! Don’t forget to read all the profiles of this year’s class of winners.

Outstanding Total Rewards Programs

Dollar General: Dollar General’s Outstanding Total Rewards, Training & Development Programs

Wellness Initiatives/Programs


Mavenir: Mavenir ESG Program

Digital Culture

Clutch: Wellness Initiatives & Programs

Employee Benefits

Northwell Health: 2024 Open Enrollment

 Employee Engagement

The Cigna Group: Global Wellness Challenge

 Employee Experience

Renown Health: Leading with People First at Renown Health

 Financial Wellness

Bank of America: Bank of America

 HR and Communications Collaboration

Goodwill of North Georgia: 2023 Open Enrollment

Learning & Development

Johnson & Johnson: Johnson & Johnson Learn

 Mental Health Initiatives

M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America: M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America

Physical Wellness

NYU Langone Health: Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative

 Professional Wellness

PAN Communications: Professional Wellness at PAN

Social Wellbeing

Project Lifesaver International: Project Lifesaver Program

Strategic HR

Food Lion: Healthy Foundations

 Work-Life Balance

1Milk2Sugars Communications: Work-Life Balance



Also included in this year’s Workplace Wellness awards are the previously announced honorees in the CEOs/Presidents and HR Leaders of the Year categories, as well as the Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing category.

People of the Year

CEOs/Presidents of the Year

Steph Lund: M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment

Ted Murphy: IZEA

Carlos Sánchez-Luis: AstraZeneca

HR Leaders of the Year

Gianna Driver: Exabeam

Shannon Estreller: EvolveMKD

Robyn Jordan: DriveTime

Christy Pambianchi: Intel Corporation

Kara Ruchti: Kalahari Resorts

Top Places to Work for Employee Wellbeing

Large Organization (more than 1,000 employees)



Bank of America



Koch Industries

Lincoln Financial Group

Wolters Kluwer

Small and Mid-Size Organizations (Up to 1,000 Employees)

Array Behavioral Care

Caliber Corporate Advisers





M&C Saatchi Sport & Entertainment North America

Marathon Strategies

Are you fully committed to positively impacting the employee experience at your organization? Join us on August 12-14th for Ragan’s Employee Experience Conference to learn how to improve employee engagement, retention and satisfaction while achieving business objectives.


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