U-Haul® International continues to make Team Member health and wellness a top priority, and others are taking note of the Company’s commitment.
U-Haul was recently named the healthiest employer in the Valley among companies with more than 5,000 employees, the Phoenix Business Journal announced.
The do-it-yourself moving and self-storage leader was honored as the 2020 Business Journal Healthiest Employer in the extra-large category, joining fellow winners BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona (1,500-4,999 employees); the Town of Gilbert (500-1,499); SmartPractice (100-499); and Orchard Medical Consulting (fewer than 99).
American Heart Association Honors
But the fall honors didn’t stop there. U-Haul also claimed silver award winner status on the 2020 American Heart Association Workplace Health Achievement Index.
U-Haul was also honored with AHA silver award status in 2019. The AHA’s Workplace Health Achievement Index scores organizations on the health of the workplace and workforce utilizing science-based and evidence-informed measures.
“We strive to make U-Haul a wonderful workplace and appreciate the dedication of our Team Members, who have allowed us to be recognized as a healthy workplace,” stated Jessica Lopez, U-Haul Chief of Staff. “We understand if we take care of our Team Members, they take care of our customers. Our people are our greatest asset. We’re truly invested in our Team Members and their families.”
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Prioritizing Team Member Health
U-Haul is constructing a 54,208-square-foot conference and fitness center in Midtown Phoenix, where it has been headquartered since 1967. Slated for completion by summer 2021, the two-story building will provide the 1,800 Team Members on its corporate campus the opportunity to exercise and receive medical attention just steps from their work stations.
Monique Wantland, U-Haul wellness program manager, noted the Company’s “Healthier You” initiative pivoted in 2020 to address the challenges prompted by COVID-19. In addition to new programs for diabetes management and expectant parents, U-Haul expanded its gym membership reimbursement to include the use of fitness apps as some of its 30,300 Team Members across the U.S. and Canada worked – and worked out – remotely.
“We really had to make sure we were being inclusive and catering to everyone,” Wantland said.
U-Haul Active Day, an event held every September where group outings promote exercise and camaraderie, transitioned to U-Haul Virtual Active Week with a series of fun competitions that Team Members could choose to tackle individually.
Since last fall, U-Haul has addressed the mental health of Team Members and their households by adding the “You Matter” program and endorsed healthier choices by implementing a nicotine-free hiring policy in 21 states where it is allowed, including Arizona.
Many Benefits to Working at U-Haul
U-Haul continues to offer its Team Members nicotine cessation assistance; gym and personal trainer reimbursements; registered dietitian plans; health fairs; on-site farmers markets; healthy meals and vending; an online health portal; group fitness events; and a robust benefits package.
The Phoenix Business Journal’s Healthiest Employer rankings were determined with assistance from Healthiest Employers LLC, which uses questionnaires filled out by company employees to rank each entrant in six categories on a Healthiest Employers Index.