How do I apply?
Visit this page and complete Part 1 of the application form.
When are the awards presented at the Rock Stars of Health Summit?
Winners will be announced and recognized on September 28, 2017 (Thursday).
Will I need to give a speech?
No, you won’t have to give a speech! However, we will definitely recognize your efforts and your organization’s efforts. If you’d like someone else to receive your award with you, perfect! We will be taking a photo of you and your posse with your Rock Stars of Health Award as well!
When are Employer Rock Stars of Health Award applications due?
Get started early and get your applications in early! Applications will be judged once a month starting in April 2017, so you will be able to know shortly after applying if your application was selected for an award.
Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 at 8pm EST, 7pm CST, 6pm MST, 5pm PST.
No exceptions, so please submit applications early.
What kind of award can my company receive?
There are three award levels: Gold, Silver, & Bronze. See photo above.
Is this a yearly award?
Yes. If you receive a Gold Award, you will want to show that each year you’ve maintained that status. If you earn a Bronze or Silver Award, you may want to demonstrate that you’ve continued to elevate your company and its employee health services. You’ll want one on the wall year after year announcing to everyone that your company is, and continues to be, a “Rock Star of Health”.
Is there only one employer award in each category, or can any company that applies earn an award?
Any company can earn an award. If an application/company demonstrates innovation, integration, effectiveness, and movement in the right direction, it will be eligible for an award. Therefore, there is not a limit on the number of Gold, Silver, or Bronze Rock Stars of Health Employers that may be recognized & awarded.
We are a small employer. Should we apply?
Absolutely. Employer Rock Stars of Health Awards aren’t about how big your company is, how many programs have been jammed into your benefits list, how much money you have to throw at new programs, or how complicated it is for employees to navigate a laundry list of health to-do’s. Instead, the Rock Stars of Health Award is about doing the right things and having the right mix of programs and benefits for your particular workplace. We’re looking for innovators, forward thinkers, and leaders – and your company (or you) can be all of those things whether you have 2 employees or 200,000 employees.
Are larger employers in a better position to earn awards?
Being a large employer and having a bunch of programs isn’t a guarantee of an award – not by a long shot. There are large employers that are doing great things and are incredibly innovative. But there are also a lot of large companies that are wasting huge amounts of money with inefficiency, ineffective employee health programs, missed opportunities for savings, and still think “improvement” means simply adding “more stuff” to their already complicated mix of programs.
So small employers, you aren’t at a disadvantage. Definitely apply & tell us what you’re doing. It’s particularly impressive to see companies doing big things with small budgets.
I applied for another workplace award before and it took weeks to gather all of the information the application required. How long should the application process take for a Rock Stars of Health Award?
That depends on how detailed you wish to be and how close at hand the information is that you want to include in your application. But weeks, even days….no way. In short, here’s what you will need to complete for the committee to be able to evaluate your application:
The components of your Award Application. There are 2 parts:
- Part 1: Primary Application Form
- Part 2: Written explanation of your organization’s current and future employee health efforts. Tell us how you are working to integrate the Areas of Expertise and all of the things your company does to make it a Rock Star of Health! Include your company logo and any attachments that you may want.
Is there a checklist of services & programs that I can follow to submit my application?
No. Why? Because we don’t want to know all the things you are doing that fits into some industry recipe book. If you are doing a lot of the normal stuff that’s great. But more checked boxes on an industry “here’s what you should do” list doesn’t make a Rock Star of Health. We want to know more about what you’re doing, where you might be innovating, things you are planning to do in the future but can’t do quite yet, and even where you’re bucking the system with nonconventional thinking. Are you doing cool new things with wellness? Are you doing new things with data? Do you have a program that is working great and that your employees clearly value as evidenced by their utilization of that service? Has your health plan rep or broker/consultant introduced you to something that is working fantastically? Are you making use of the in-house employee health expertise you’ve got or is everyone doing their own thing in their own silos? Are you a small employer just getting going on new concepts but are excited about where things are headed? The Rock Stars of Health Awards are about innovation, understanding, synergy, forward-thinking and seeking better ways to improve employee health. Tell us what you’re doing to improve the health and well-being of your employees!
What is the committee looking for in my application?
For the most part, other than some basic demographic information about your company, the application is a few written pages explaining your company and how it is working to:
- Improve the health & well-being of employees and health plan members
- Develop health programs and benefits that are clearly viewed by employees & health plan members to be valuable. In other words, a move away from having a large volume of health & wellness programs/benefits for the sake of having a large number of programs; instead, movement by your company toward assessing & retaining only those programs/benefits that have high value, are easy to access, are easy to understand, and in which employees/health plan members find value as evidenced by their utilization of those programs/benefits.
- Improve communication and planning efforts between wellness, employee benefits, the employee medical/insurance plan, and employee safety/risk management personnel
- Aggregate data from various employee health & wellness programs to improve reporting and data analysis
- Assure that there is clinical guidance in employee health planning efforts. Just think about this for a minute. This is so often a critical missing link. How can you develop solid employee health efforts without clinical knowledge being an integral part of the planning & building process? It would be like having an auto insurance rep advise you on how to best overhaul your engine. Yes, that rep is in the “auto” business. But does that make him/her your best resource?
Applicants do not have to have all of these things in place, or even be on the path toward all of these items yet. But we want to hear where you are at now, as well as your plans regarding how steps might be made in this direction at your company. Think of your application as a very brief business plan of sorts. You want to tell us what your company currently does, then tell us what your company (and you) are planning for the future.
What am I supposed to write about in my application?
Just tell us:
- why your employee health programs (wellness, employee benefits) are the right ones for your particular company;
- how you’ve innovated and adjusted programs to make things more beneficial in the eyes of your employees & health plan members (as evidenced by their utilization of those programs);
- how you are working to integrate clinical expertise into decisions on employee health program mix;
- when making decisions on benefits, wellness & safety programs, and your health plan, how you are working to integrate and make use of the 4 Areas of Expertise that likely already exist within your organization (The 4 Areas of Expertise are wellness, safety, employee benefit, and medical/insurance plan).
For more ideas on what to write about, see this list.
I have read the criteria above and we are not that far along on most of those. Should we still apply for an award?
Absolutely. Tell us what you are doing and what you’re planning. We’re not looking for perfection. We’re looking for companies that want to make things better for employees versus just putting in the same old programs for the sake of having programs. We’re looking for people and companies willing to challenge old-school thinking about employee health. So even if some of the criteria aren’t in your company’s plan yet, tell us what you are doing instead. And tell us any other innovative, forward-thinking, industry-challenging things you are doing as well!
In my application, should I include fliers, marketing materials, copies of reports, etc…?
Sure, if you’d like. But most applications are sufficient with no more than 5-20 total pages, including any fliers, reports, and the written portion of the application. Award applications are not going to be judged by weight, so sending the committee as much paper as possible is not going to increase the odds of receiving an Award. In fact, that could work against you. Be as complete as you can, but in as few pages as possible.
If the judging committee needs more information or clarification after reading your application, they will contact you.
Is there a fee to apply for a Rock Stars of Health award?
There is no fee for the award if:
- someone from your company has registered for the Rock Stars of Health Summit by the award application due date of August 1, 2017; and
- the Summit attendee from your company is at the conference to accept the award.
No fee is required to submit an application and have the application judged. (see below)
Under what circumstances would there be a fee for the Employee Rock Stars of Health Award?
You do not need to attend the Summit to receive a Rock Stars of Health Award. However, if no one from your company is attending the Summit and your application is selected to receive an award, a $395 fee will be required prior to creation and shipping of your award. (This is to cover the cost of judging, shipping, the actual award, and any additional associated expenses.)
Notification of successful applications will be provided, as well as an invoice, by August 15th, 2017.
Payment for awards by non-attendees of the Summit must be received prior to October 15th, 2017 or the award application will be canceled and the applicant may apply again the following year.
Physical awards for non-attendees will not be constructed until payment is received.
THE ABOVE $395 FEE APPLIES ONLY TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE RECEIVING AWARDS BUT DO NOT HAVE AN EMPLOYEE ATTENDING THE SUMMIT TO ACCEPT THE AWARD.
No fee is required to submit an application and have the application judged.