WSC provides both full-time and part-time positions with a benefits package that far exceeds the industry standard. Employees receive comprehensive benefits such as health insurance, wellness incentive programs, life insurance, disability, vacation and sick time, bereavement, identity theft protection, traditional pre-tax and Roth 401(k) retirement plan options, and employees are part of profit sharing through an ESOP.
WSC offers medical with prescription coverage, dental, and vision insurance to all eligible non-union employees. Plans are offered either as individual or family. Family plans are not limited to number of dependents. WSC pays a portion of these insurance fees to provide competitive premium rates for employee’s insurance packages.
2,561 employees in the U.S. and Puerto Rico were enrolled in health insurance with the company, 192 of those were WSC employees.
In 2022, WSC and its U.S. subsidiaries saw a 29.54% increase from 2021 in the number of those enrolled in health insurance.
Plan types changed slightly with employee only plans increasing by 2%, now at 57%, and 43% being family plans.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a professional and confidential, short-term counseling service available to the employee and their immediate family. This is a company paid benefit and offered to the employee at no cost. Immediate telephone access to a counselor is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Resources include up to three sessions for in-person appointments per separate issue per year, legal services, financial consultation, and eldercare resources.
Those in need can visit a doctor on their smartphone, tablet or computer from virtually anywhere and offered at no cost. Doctor on Demand offers no cost, virtual doctor visits with board-certified doctors who can treat most common medical conditions and prescribe medication.
Total Rewards Survey
The Benefits Team conducted a total rewards survey in May 2022. All full-time, non-union employees across all U.S. companies were encouraged to participate. Email communications were sent to 2,400 unique email addresses. 600 people participated in the survey and submitted responses.
The benefit change or new idea with the most appeal was “additional paid time off benefits” (i.e., vacation, holidays, floating holidays). The top 5 most important total rewards were:
- Paid Time Off
- Health Insurance
- 401(k) Retirement
- Base Pay
Total Rewards by the Numbers
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WSC and WOS employees have
access to and are in enrolled into a wellness program, implemented by Mercy, a Des Moines hospital, called Navigate Wellness. Through this portal employees are eligible to earn reward points for completing different activities and challenges throughout the year. The activities and challenges are either individual or group challenges, which also include wellness event participation, watching or attending educational wellness lunch and learn sessions on topics like nutrition and eating well, reducing stress, importance of sleep, exercise, financial well-being, community involvement, and more. Free annual biometric health screenings are available at the corporate office through Mercy in late February. At the start of fall flu shots are available onsite, and open to employees and their families.
The corporate office micro mart offers food and beverages at the convenience of the workplace provided by Company Kitchen. In collaboration with Company Kitchen and our Wellness Committee, the item’s price tag is labeled with a red, yellow, or green to indicate the healthiness of the option. This program includes criteria supported by the latest nutrition research in line with both government and expert nonprofit guidelines.
The Wellness Committee continues their education efforts to inform employees of their purchasing decisions and its various impacts on their health and well-being. The goal is to provide additional green “healthier” options and see those selections increase over time. 6% of purchases fell within the green category.
Adjacent to the building is a 3-acre area where a meandering concrete 0.28-mile walking trail was incorporated. This small acreage is dedicated to native habitat. See more in the biodiversity section.
A bike rack is available to employees to store their bikes if they choose to ride before or after work, or during their lunch break. The remodeled building now includes female and male locker rooms with two showers each to allow employees to shower after a workout. They also include 12 lockers to store personal belongings.