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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Honored as One of the "Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge"
Baton Rouge, La. (Oct. 17, 2014): Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana—a trusted nonprofit health insurance company, mutually owned by its policyholders—announced today that it has claimed a spot on the 2014 Best Places to Work list presented by the Baton Rouge Business Report, Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management. This year’s ranking places Blue Cross at No. 11 out of 38 companies in Baton Rouge. This is the first year the list has honored Baton Rouge businesses.
For more than 80 years, Blue Cross has provided access to quality care to its customers. “I’ve been proud to say I am a Blue Cross employee since I first started more than 35 years ago,” says Mike Reitz, president and CEO of Blue Cross. “Today, I’m especially pleased with our company’s ranking. It truly is an honor to be listed among these top-performing companies.”
The "Best Places to Work in Baton Rouge" program is managed by Best Companies Group. Surveys are completed by local employees. Rankings on the list are based on responses to those surveys in addition to a review of the extensive applications companies must submit for consideration. Making this list, like Blue Cross has, shows sustainable growth within the company for employees and security for its customers.
The company feedback report Blue Cross received reflected 94 percent of employees surveyed agreed they were satisfied with Blue Cross as an employer. These results fall in line with the company’s own annual employee survey results. Employees were asked about their satisfaction in the company’s leadership, planning, corporate culture, communications, pay and benefits. Employees were also asked to provide open-ended comments about what makes a company a great place to work and what their company can do to improve. The results show that Blue Cross employees value the company’s robust wellness program, active corporate giving programs for community support, strategic diversity and inclusion program and continuing education programs that provide opportunities for development and growth, among other benefits.
Blue Cross and all of the companies on the “Best Places to Work” list were honored at a breakfast hosted by the Greater Baton Rouge Society for Human Resource Management on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Blue Cross and all companies deemed “Best Places to Work” are listed according to their rankings in the Oct. 14 issue of the Baton Rouge Business Report.
“Our employees are proud to be a part of Blue Cross. It is our pleasure to serve our customers when they need us most,” says Todd Schexnayder, senior vice president of Human Resources. “I believe I can speak for our leaders in saying we are humbled that our employees consider Blue Cross to be one of the best places to work in Baton Rouge.”
With a portfolio of health plans both on and off the HealthCare.gov marketplace, broad networks of quality providers, a wealth of wellness tools and more, Blue Cross and its employees work to protect its customers from unexpected healthcare costs every day. For more information about Blue Cross and the products and services it offers, visit www.bcbsla.com.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is a private, fully taxed nonprofit company, mutually owned by policyholders—not shareholders. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is governed by a Louisiana Board of Directors.
The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products and administrative services to Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices around the state, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care.
As a Blue Cross employee, you may be eligible to participate in several excellent benefit programs.
The company provides many benefits at no cost to you and subsidizes the cost of providing these benefits. These benefits are in addition to your regular salary.
In addition to good working conditions and competitive pay, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana provides a comprehensive package of benefits to all eligible employees. Each benefit program has been carefully devised to meet a variety of employee needs. These benefits include time off benefits, such as Paid Time Off and holidays, insurance and more.
We are constantly studying and evaluating our benefits programs and policies to better meet our employees' current and future needs.
Health benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability coverage, health and dependent care spending accounts, long-term care coverage and an employee assistance program that provides free, confidential counseling services to employees and their families.
The company pays the entire medical insurance premium for employees who meet the Preferred Premium requirements of our Healthy You, Healthy Blue employee wellness program. The company also pays a portion of the premium for dependent coverage. Employees pay the remaining portion of the premium for dependent coverage through a pre-tax payroll deduction each payday. Pre-tax deductions provide employees with the ability to pay for health plan premiums before any taxes are withheld. These dollars represent a significant tax savings to employees. Health Savings Accounts are available for employees who enroll in the BlueSaverplan. Coverage becomes effective on the first day of the month after you complete 30 days of employment.
Please refer to your Employee Handbook for detailed information about benefits available to you.
Wellness benefits comprise a free, self-paced plan that offers Blue employees information, tools and incentives for making healthy lifestyle choices, including:
- Printed and online wellness resources and activity log
- Annual employee health fair
- Educational classes, seminars and wellness events
- Individual fitness profiles and counseling on request
Wealth benefits include a bonus program, traditional 401(k) plan, a Roth 401(k) plan and a Retirement Plus program. Employees also enjoy the services of an on-site credit union and generous discounts on various products and services.
Paid Time Off
Paid time-off benefits are generous and include time for vacation and sickness as well as for community service through Team Blue.
Full-time regular and part-time benefit-eligible employees will be paid for, but not necessarily required to work on the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day and the day before or after Christmas
This employee service program administered by our Community Relations staff allows employees to take time off during a work day to participate in a volunteer activity. We encourage and recognize employees who bring leadership to community service organizations through their volunteer efforts.
Blue Cross believes that community service is also an opportunity for employees to exercise or develop skills and talents that may not be used in their everyday jobs.
Education benefits include in-house learning opportunities and educational support at accredited entities.
- Our Blue Cross Learning Institute (BCLI) offers free classes, e-learning courses, training events and leadership and development programs for employees.
- The Educational Assistance Program reimburses eligible employees for undergraduate or graduate school and all job-relevant professional certifications and designations.
Work-life balance is crucial at Blue Cross, with benefits that include educational work-life sessions, stress management resources and flexible work hours to support and accommodate the diverse needs of employees' families, personal matters and unexpected life events.
The program includes:
- an annual employee health fair
- personal wellness coaching
- a personal guidebook to wellness
- online support tools
- planned wellness events throughout the year
- a free Employee Assistance Program offering counseling for crisis situations
Employees at our main campus in Baton Rouge enjoy the benefits of our Wellness Works fitness center, located on the first floor of the Customer Center building. The fitness center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may only exercise on your own time, such as on your lunch break or before or after work. Space and equipment are limited, so the fitness center is only available to employees.
In Louisiana, "lagniappe" is a well-known word that means "a little something extra." In addition to all of the above, Blue Cross offers lagniappe benefits like company-sponsored sports teams, a charitable gift matching program and a full-service cafeteria at our main Baton Rouge campus where spouses, family members and friends can join employees for breakfast and lunch. Employees and visitors can eat, have coffee and take breaks in the bright and airy Atrium or on an outdoor terrace overlooking a lake and fountain.
Blue Cross is strongly committed to good corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Our management and our employees want to make a difference in the state we call home. Our Foundation supports more than 200 organizations all over Louisiana that contribute to the health and vitality of the communities where we live and work.
We encourage and support employee community involvement in many ways:
- United Way
Each year, employees conduct creative fund-raising campaigns to support the Capital Area United Way, which funds many community agencies in the greater Baton Rouge area. The company matches employee donations dollar-for-dollar.
- Matching Gift Program
For employees who want to donate to their favorite nonprofit cause, the company will match their contribution up to $1,500.
- Employee Drives and FundraisersIn addition to giving their time through volunteer work, employees have opportunities to give cash or non-cash donations such as food, toys or school supplies to charitable organizations.
Diversity is about appreciating, valuing and capitalizing on individual differences and creating an environment inclusive of those differences. We encourage the inclusion of all attributes that make individuals different from others, such as:
- National origin
- Genetic information
- Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer, and we promote diversity.
We enjoy a diverse work environment with people from a wide range of cultural, racial and religious backgrounds and from all walks of life.
Blue Cross recognizes and supports diversity with a Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) of employees, which offers diversity training programs and works to develop and sustain an environment of mutual respect and trust to enhance employees' performance and productivity.
Our Diversity Training Program activities emphasize awareness of and respect for diversity. The program offers leaders and employees the opportunity to:
- Develop a work environment of mutual respect whereby employees are enabled to reach their fullest potential
- Embrace the notion of capitalizing on differences with all employees from all walks of life
- Understand how a diverse culture supports the alchemy of corporate success
At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, our mission is to improve the lives of Louisianians by providing health guidance and affordable access to quality care.
Blue Cross is fully aware of the increasingly urgent national issues regarding the affordability of healthcare, consumer health advocacy, and the quality of health services given. We're actively involved in each of these issues, helping to improve the health status of our members.
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