Allianz Life Named to List of Healthiest Employers for 2013
Employer honored for focus on employee physical health, social well-being and
MINNEAPOLIS -- June 24, 2013
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life®) has been named
one of the Healthiest Employers of the Twin Cities for 2013 by the
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. The winning employers are featured in
the annual Healthiest Employers edition published on Friday, June 21 and can
also be found on the Business Journal’s website. Allianz Life was ranked the
top company among employers with 1,500 to 4,900 employees.
This is the fourth year that the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal has
partnered with Indiana-based Healthiest Employers LLC to determine the
Healthiest Employers of the Twin Cities. For this year’s list, 65 companies
registered for the awards with 22 making the list. Companies named to the list
vary in industry and in size – from five to 5,000 employees. In its size
category, Allianz Life ranked first - above Prime Therapeutics, LLC and Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota both headquartered in Eagan, Minn. Allianz
Life also had the third highest overall survey score out of the 22 companies
that made the Healthiest Employers list.
Before being considered for the award, employees completed a 75-question
survey assessing their employer in six areas including: culture and leadership
commitment, foundational components, strategic planning, communications and
marketing, programming and interventions, and reporting and analysis.
Employers who scored high enough in the six areas were then selected to join
“Allianz Life believes that when our employees have a strong sense of
well-being, our business is more successful,” said Allianz Life Chief Human
Resources Officer Suzanne Dowd Zeller. “We create a healthier work environment
by supporting three important aspects of an employee’s life – promoting
physical health, social well-being, and financial fitness. Focusing on these
personal elements promotes employee engagement and creates a healthier work
experience for everyone.”
The company has programs to help employees recognize the various benefits
linked to a healthy lifestyle including:
*Physical health – health incentives, healthy options in cafeterias,
on-site fitness center, Weight Watchers, and a smoking cessation program.
*Social well-being – career development and advancement, volunteerism,
flexible work options, on-site childcare, campus amenities, stress
management, and recognition.
*Financial fitness – a 401(k) retirement savings plan, Employee Product
Purchase Program, Employee Stock Purchase Plan through Allianz SE to
purchase parent company stock, third-party personal financial planning
services, and other financial education opportunities.
“When we as a company do an outstanding job of bringing resources together for
our employees and creating a work environment that allows them to do their
best, the results we generate for our customers follow at the same level,”
By offering employees a variety of options that support a well-balanced
lifestyle, Allianz Life employees report feeling and appreciating the
company’s support. In fact, 81% of Allianz Life employees reported in their
annual employee engagement survey that they are able to manage their work
responsibilities in a way that allows them to be healthy in both their work
and personal lives. As a Healthy Employer, Allianz Life also focuses on
creating a strong work/life balance for employees to achieve higher employee
engagement and satisfaction.
About Allianz Life
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, one of FORTUNE’s 100 Best
Companies to Work For in 2013, has been keeping its promises since 1896.
Today, it carries on that tradition, helping Americans achieve their
retirement income and protection goals with a variety of annuities and life
insurance products. As a leading provider of fixed index annuities, Allianz
Life is part of Allianz SE, a global leader in the financial services industry
with 142,000 employees worldwide. More than 78 million private and corporate
customers rely on Allianz knowledge, global reach, and capital strength to
help them make the most of financial opportunities.
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
Sara Thurin Rollin, 763-765-6703
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