Like many companies, Saint-Gobain Corporation, N.A. saw the writing on the wall many years ago and became concerned about employee health care costs. In 2003, Saint-Gobain asked context to be its employee communication strategist, and together we launched a multiyear health care strategy to engage employees and their families in the solution. Today, context continues to partner with Saint-Gobain to do more than contain health care costs—we're helping them steadily build a culture of health.

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Our work

Saint-Gobain continuously refines their health and wellness program and communication strategy to make a healthy lifestyle easy, inviting and purposeful. A sample of our work to date:
  • Overall communication strategy development, implementation and measurement. Saint-Gobain uses their in-house design department.
  • Development and implementation of a social media strategy that uses Twitter, blogs, podcasts and forums to facilitate peer-to-peer conversations, knowledge sharing and user support to key audiences while delivering low-budget, accurate and timely feedback to Saint-Gobain. Key audiences include: leaders, HR, volunteer wellness champions, plant managers, employees and their families.
  • Planning and writing BeneBits, Saint-Gobain's home-mailed Corporate Benefits newsletter, plus other targeted monthly, annual and campaign-specific communications.
  • Building a companywide volunteer wellness champion recruiting and training program.
  • Designing awards programs to recognize the efforts of individuals and locations that promote healthy workstyles.
  • Conducting surveys and facilitating focus groups to gauge understanding, user experience and communication effectiveness.
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Results

  • 95% participation in their wellness programs
  • 43% participation in their HDHP
  • 6% lower year-over-year medical spend than their insurer's book of business
  • According to the most recent employee benefits survey:
    • 86% of respondents know they play a key part in controlling health care costs
    • 78% of respondents say they have a good understanding of their benefits
    • 69% of respondents are confident in their ability to make health care decisions, including evaluating and selecting health plans, providers and coverage levels
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Awards

  • Philadelphia Business Journal's Social Media Stars Award (2011)
  • National Business Group on Health's Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles Gold Level Award (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • Philadelphia Business Journal's Healthy Workplace Award (2010)
  • 2010 CDHC Solutions Superstars—Most Innovative Employee Education/Communication Tool
  • Featured on “Here's to Your Health,” a national TV show on health and medicine (2010)
  • American Heart Association's Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Gold Level Award (2006)