Third Consecutive Year Company Recognized for Promoting Healthy Workplace
STAMFORD, Conn., May 14, 2007 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) was honored recently by the National Business Group on Health, a national non-profit organization of 266 large employers, as a Best Employer for Healthy Lifestyles for its continued commitment and dedication to combating obesity and promoting a healthy lifestyle for its employees.
Distinguished as one of only five companies to be honored for three consecutive years as a Platinum Award winner, Pitney Bowes was recognized for the Company’s creation of its “Culture of Health” which encompasses its health care strategy, “Health Care University”, and emergency preparedness programs. Pitney Bowes was among 41 employers who received the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles award at the Leadership Summit sponsored by the Business Group’s Institute on the Costs and Health Effects of Obesity.
“Pitney Bowes is synonymous with innovation in health and wellness, and as true leaders in this arena, they know the importance of supporting their employees’ efforts to choose a healthier way of life,” said Helen Darling, President of the Business Group. “We are very pleased to honor Pitney Bowes for their continued support and dedication to providing lifestyle improvement programs designed to reduce obesity and promote healthier lifestyles for their employees.”
“Based on the understanding that the value of an organization lies in a healthy, engaged and productive workforce, we have created a veritable ‘Culture of Health’ within our organization,” said Michael J. Critelli, executive chairman, Pitney Bowes. “Investment in the health of our employees has proven important for the overall success of the corporation, providing value for both our employees and shareholders. We are honored by the Business Group’s recognition of our continued health care accomplishments.”
Pitney Bowes has refined and follows seven rules for optimizing employee health benefits for a healthier and more productive workforce:
1) The health of the organization begins with its people;
2) To realize total value, you must understand total costs;
3) Higher costs don’t always mean higher value;
4) Health begins and ends with the individual;
5) Avoid barriers to effective treatment;
6) Carrots are valued over sticks;
7) Total value demands teamwork.
Now in its third year, the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards acknowledge and reward those employers that recognize the urgent need to improve their workers’ health, productivity and quality of life. The underlying goal of the program is to serve as a catalyst to encourage all employers to take action.
Winners of the Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles awards were honored in one of three categories: Platinum, for established programs with measurable outcomes; Gold, for creating cultural and environmental changes that support employees who have made a commitment to long-term behavior changes; and Silver, for those employers who have launched significant programs or services to promote living a healthier lifestyle.
About the National Business Group on Health
The National Business Group on Health is the nation’s only non-profit, membership organization of large employers devoted exclusively to finding innovative and forward-thinking solutions to their most important health care and related benefits issues. The Business Group identifies and shares best practices in health benefits, disability, health and productivity, related paid time off and work/life balance issues. Business Group members provide health coverage for more than 50 million U.S. workers, retirees and their families. For more information about the Business Group, visit www.businessgrouphealth.org
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 35,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $5.8 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.