As one of the newest board members of The Wellbeing Partners, I am thrilled to be part of this dynamic organization as we build wellbeing into all the places people work, live, and play. Sarah and Theresa asked me to introduce myself and share a little bit about what we’re doing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) to advance that same mission.
I am currently the health transformation leader at BCBSNE. Having been on the team for over 14 years, I am proud to work for an organization that understands the importance of wellbeing, not only in the workplace, but also the community; BCBSNE understands there is a fundamental connection between building a supportive workplace culture and positively affecting individuals’ health, happiness, productivity, and work-life balance.
It goes without saying that this has been a trying time for everyone as we face the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s been a time for adjustment, flexibility, and creativity for all – and employees’ transition to working remotely brings particular challenges to our duties as wellbeing leaders. At BCBSNE, we have always been focused on doing the right thing for our employees. We had to think outside the box and get creative in how we foster a whole-person, supportive culture now that we are no longer all in the same building. For example, we’re working with a local fitness vendor and offering daily, 30-minute, live, online fitness classes, along with daily 20-minute mindful meditation classes. We continue to emphasize the importance of focusing on our employees’ physical and mental wellbeing through these offerings and communications. We understand our employees are feeling stress and uncertainty as they try to balance many responsibilities right now and want them to know, even though we all aren’t seeing one another in-person, we are still here for them.
BCBSNE is not only a great and committed employer, but also a statewide health insurance leader with a priority to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of our members. In response to this pandemic, we have waived member cost-sharing for testing and treatment of COVID-19 with Nebraska credentialed providers. All telehealth (online doctor visits) with in-network providers are also covered at no cost to BCBSNE members until further notice – so members and providers can stay as safe as possible, getting the care they need while social distancing. You can read more about how BCBSNE is responding to COVID-19 and find other resources at NebraskaBlue.com/Coronavirus.
We’ll get through this crisis together, having learned new ways to keep ourselves, our families, and our teams engaged in their own wellbeing. I encourage you to do whatever you can to stay positive and healthy during this time, and I look forward to seeing what the future brings for The Wellbeing Partners!