Our legacy of caring begins with caring for our employees. Data shows that a healthy workforce is a productive workforce and one that better contributes to society. For more than a century, Johnson & Johnson has been committed to a ‘culture of health’ for our global workforce by offering on-site fitness facilities and classes, opportunities to play on company sports teams and access to on-site medical care. There has even been an employee swimming pool.
That commitment to our employees remains just as steadfast today with a global workforce of approximately 126,000 employees at more than 265 operating companies around the world. In addition to fitness centers, many of the Johnson & Johnson campuses offer day care facilities and healthy food choices in the company cafeterias. Johnson & Johnson is also committed to a tobacco-free work environment and has been accredited with the CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ .
Sustaining a culture of health is also a top priority of our senior leadership. Our Chairman and CEO Alex Gorsky often speaks about the importance of work-life balance, even encouraging people to train like an athlete for life: “It is so important for you to find a way to take care of yourself and find something that keeps you healthy.”
And, because of that ‘culture of health,’ our employees are getting healthier. Tim Ryan, a Plant Manager at our Vision Care facility in Jacksonville, Florida was overweight and out of shape. He signed up for the Energy for Performance in Life courses, an innovative initiative through our Human Performance Corporate Athlete Program® that aims to increase the level of engagement for all Johnson & Johnson employees in their work and at home. It provides a means to achieve optimal employee performance through an integrated solution designed to teach participants how to maximize their personal energy, feel physically energized, emotionally connected, mentally focused and more aligned with their own personal mission. Since 2008, over 39,000 employees have participated in an Energy for Performance in Life course.
Today, almost 40 pounds thinner, Tim completed the New York Marathon. He’s also thriving at work. “The program is life changing; it is more than just getting fit and losing weight,” explained Tim. “It’s about how your core values align with who you are and how you lead others. There is a mental and emotional component that relates to focusing, setting goals and achieving success in any part of your life.”