Walker & Dunlop, Inc. (NYSE: WD) (“the Company”) announced today that it was ranked 5th by the Washington Business Journal as part of its annual top “40 Healthiest Employers” for the Washington, DC area. This is Walker & Dunlop’s third year to be named a top Healthiest Employer by the Washington Business Journal.
Walker & Dunlop provides employees with a myriad of health and wellness benefits, including discounted membership rates to local fitness chains, annual wellness fairs with free flu shots, and subsidies for employees who complete a monthly quota of wellness activities. Multiple offices feature exercise equipment and ping-pong tables where employees can frequently be found relieving workday stress or getting a boost of energy. In addition, the Company encourages employees to participate in national campaigns such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bike to Work Day, and National Walking Day as well as Company sponsored events, Odyssey Relay Race and JDRF Real Estate Games. On a quarterly basis, Walker & Dunlop provides its employees with educational seminars to inform them of current health and fitness trends.
With the strength and support from the Senior Management team, the Company paid out over $22,000 in wellness reimbursements for Q2 2015 to 197 employees. Senior Management encourages flexible work day schedules to accommodate healthy lifestyles and exercise routines. As employees increase their fitness lifestyles, they have a chance to win an UP Band, Garmin GPS watch, or FitBit through corporate health competitions.
“This recognition is a great honor and reflective of Walker & Dunlop’s employees’ continued commitment to maintaining excellent health and wellness,” commented Walker & Dunlop’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Willy Walker. “Almost half of our employees participate in Walker & Dunlop’s wellness programs, with remarkable returns to both our employees and our corporation’s bottom line. Throughout our ongoing health initiatives, we have created an exceedingly productive and energetic work environment that makes Walker & Dunlop a healthy, and great, place to work.”
Washington Business Journal’s winning employers were chosen based on the companies’ initiatives to promote the health and wellbeing of their employees along with scores in six categories: leadership commitment, communication and markets, foundational components, programming and interventions, strategic planning, and reporting and analysis. This year’s assessment encompassed 65 scored questions that totaled 600 available points. Washington Business Journal’s third party surveying company, Healthiest Employers, also changed the application for the first time this year, making 2015 a very competitive year.