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Certification and Research Program


Celebrating Healthy Workplaces.

The Best Wellness Employer certification, in collaboration with experts from Harvard Medical School

and Wellness Workdays serves two important goals:

Best Wellness Achievements

First, the certification recognizes the outstanding achievements of businesses and organizations committed to creating best-in-class corporate wellness programs that promote a ​culture of wellbeing to engage employees.

Second, your participation helps to advance the field of worksite wellness and prevention by providing data and research about current practices and wellness outcomes.


Certify your program now to document your wellness initiatives and achievements while supporting our research effort.

The Best Wellness Employer certification provides an opportunity to highlight the successes of your corporate wellness program and its positive impact on your employees’ health. The rigorous evaluation standards give your health and wellness initiative credibility and validate the investment in wellbeing to your employees, senior management team, and external stakeholders. Nominate your program today and get recognition for your organization’s best wellness practices.

Certification Benefits

Wellness programs are an increasingly attractive benefit for employees. A certified wellness program can strengthen your business and attract top talent.

  • Build a stronger organization. Wellness programs enhance productivity, lower absenteeism and increase employee satisfaction.

  • Become an employer of choice. A robust wellness initiative engages employees and improves retention rates.  Corporate wellness programs are also a key benefit in recruiting top talent.

  • Demonstrate your wellness culture. Raise the profile of your organization externally to customers and clients with a comprehensive, well-branded program.

  • Save money and boost your bottom line. Healthy employees spend less money on healthcare. Insurance carriers offer discounts for established wellness programs and may lower your disability or other insurance premiums.

Why Certify Your Wellness Program?

Questions about eligibility, criteria,
or selection?

Scoring Methodology

The Best Wellness Employer Score Index, categories, scoring and benchmarking were developed in conjunction with Wellness Workdays wellness experts, Harvard Medical School medical and statistical experts, colleagues and outside partners.

The benchmarking survey is comprised of questions related to the assessment, strategy, implementation and evaluation of your wellness program. Responses are weighted to promote those programs with demonstrated strengths and outcomes in each of the four key areas.


The survey weighs the results of the employer responses and then these results are reviewed by an objective committee of experts. 

The designation utilizes an online assessment to measure wellness programming in four key categories.

Best Wellness Employer Recipients

Nominated programs are eligible for three merit categories – gold, silver and bronze – awarded based on the Best Wellness Employer Score Index (see criteria above).  

All recognized employer programs that meet the requirements, based on the objective survey data receive many benefits, including:

  • A BWE badge to display on your website and a BWE plaque to show off at your office;

  • Profile on the BWE website and resource publication published in conjunction with the Annual Emerging Trends in Wellness Conference;

  • Member-only access to research, content, and many other resources.

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