HGTC award

Left to right, Tara Lahnen, Assistant HR Director (HGTC), Kaji Orr, Benefits and Performance Manager (HGTC), Laura Smoak, Analytics and Health Initiatives Manager, PEBA. Orr received an award on behalf of HGTC at the annual Benefits at Work in August.

Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) was recently recognized as the 2019 Higher Education Winner for the South Carolina Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) Partners Health and Wellness Award – to honor employers that demonstrate a dedication to promoting a physically, emotionally and financially healthier workplace.

“HGTC is proud to be recognized as a top employer setting the bar for workplace well-being across the state of South Carolina,” said Kaji Orr, Benefits and Performance Manager at HGTC. “We are committed to the health and wellness of faculty and staff and creating an environment that is inclusive of a healthy lifestyle.”

By providing wellness programs, HGTC strives to increase awareness and encourage participation so that employees will continue to make positive choices which have an impact on their lives at work and at home. HGTC recently implemented a Wellness Ambassadors Program, allowing interested employees to volunteer their time promoting health and wellness among faculty and staff. Wellness Ambassadors serve as liaisons between departments and human resources helping to direct employees to wellness programs, activities, and resources.

Other programs and healthy initiatives HGTC implemented include:

• Fitness challenges (Summer Strides Walking Challenge, Holiday Fitness Challenge – Fitmas, Healthy Habits Bingo);

• Mobile mammography visit;

• Lunch and Learn sessions on various topics (Mindfulness, Financial Wellness, Women’s and Men’s Health, Deskercise);

• Onsite preventative screenings;

• Onsite flu shots clinics;

• Employee assistance program;

• Employee appreciation pamper days (chair massages and health checks);

• Bank at work programs with BB&T, First Citizens, TD Bank, Anderson Brothers Bank & South State Bank;

• Annual employee benefits fair;

• Monthly wellness newsletters featuring articles from PEBA’s Health Hub and healthy recipes, promotion of PEBA perks, health and wellness programs, and local community health related events;

• Onsite fitness Center available for employees; and

• HGTC Goes Red for Heart Health in February, Pink Out Day in October for breast cancer awareness, Mental Health Awareness in May