Building a Comprehensive Employee Wellness Program

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Building a Comprehensive Employee Wellness Program

By Susan Harkin, Ed.D., CSBO, SFO
Superintendent
Comm. Unit Ssc. Dist. 300

One Illinois school district developed a wellness program that focuses on physical, mental and financial health—and saved the district money in health insurance premiums.

Self-care and wellness have been passions of mine as I navigated my career as a school business professional. My initial interest in employee wellness stemmed from my search for ways to encourage staff to participate in their own wellness and to reduce district health insurance costs.

What started as a desire to minimize the annual increase in health insurance premiums became one of the most effective programs in helping Community Unit School District 300 in Algonquin, Illinois, get through the pandemic.

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