Grow Financial Federal Credit Union has officially become a new smoke-free campus.
As of July 1, all 18 of the credit union’s branches and its corporate offices became tobacco- and smoke-free environments, Grow Financial said.
The $1.7 billion Tampa, Fla., credit union first announced the move in October 2011 so that current tobacco users would have a few months to hopefully work toward eliminating use of tobacco products.
“Banning tobacco use on our properties may pose a hardship for some, but given everything we now know about the harmful health effects of tobacco and secondary smoke, it is an essential and necessary step toward creating a healthier work environment.” said Grow Financial President/CEO Bob Fisher.
“We’re a service company, and the simple fact is, healthy employees are more likely to be happy employees which strongly contributes to the positive experience we strive to deliver for our members,” Fisher said.
To help reward a healthy lifestyle, Grow Financial created the Healthy Pledge program, which gives employees a credit of $20 per pay period if they attest to not using tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco in the past six months.
According to Grow Financial, the move is the latest in an ongoing workplace wellness program, which it said has proven effective in reducing absenteeism due to illness, while having a positive effect on employee health, morale and productivity.