Wellness at Amgen
As a company that creates innovative human therapeutics, we are committed to providing resources and facilities for staff to pursue healthy lifestyles. Peer reinforcement is also integral to the success of Amgen wellness programs—staff love to cheer each other on in their journeys toward better health. We field a team of more than 100 wellness champion advocates at our sites worldwide.
Staff are rewarded for their participation in wellness programs with health plan discounts and other incentives. We provide access to fitness facilities or memberships, offer healthy eating options, and hold many fitness-oriented events throughout the year.
We know that the working environment is important to good health. Amgen is pursuing an ambitious plan to create revolutionary work environments that support active working and staff well-being. These buildings and work spaces provide access to abundant natural light and a choice of flexible work areas that fit the multiple kinds of work staff perform whether they are in an office or a lab. The variety of spaces inspires staff to get up and move throughout the day, and ergonomic equipment is intended to ensure they are working safely and comfortably.
Highlights of 2015 Wellness at Amgen Programs:
- Walking is great exercise and is encouraged and rewarded at Amgen. Walks are informal strolls by staff members, walking meetings, or official events with hundreds of staff participating, including 300 staff who took part in the Ventura County Heart Walk. In 2015, approximately 3,785 staff and their spouses/partners took our Walk to Wellness program challenge, logging more than 1.6 billion steps.
- Amgen staff "compete intensely and win" as a core value, but they also make room for mindfulness. More than 700 staff opted to relax and recharge with our Mindfulness Challenge program that includes guided audio meditations and a meditation tracker.
- Involvement in the Wellness Moment program grew in 2015. Qualified professionals integrate health information and coaching into meetings, including information about fitness, health, nutrition, resiliency, and team building. Amgen also provides healthy menus for catered meetings.
- Maintain, Don't Gain is the last global wellness program of the year. The eight-week challenge encourages staff to stay healthy during the busy holiday season. The program includes weekly emails with healthy tips for participants looking to maintain or lose weight through the new year.
Fighting Disease, Promoting Wellness
Amgen is a longtime sponsor of the Amgen Tour of California, the largest cycling event in the United States. The tour is affiliated with Breakaway from Cancer®, a national initiative to increase awareness of the important resources available to people affected by cancer from prevention to education and support to financial assistance and survivorship. In 2016, Amgen extends its Breakaway platform by launching Breakaway from Heart Disease™, a national movement to help change the course of heart disease in the United States. The campaign raises awareness of the importance of understanding how your family’s history may affect your present risk for heart disease and what you can do to help improve your heart health.
Occupational health programs support staff members on the job wherever their work takes them. In addition to managing work-related conditions, travel consultations are provided to prepare staff for health and safety risks while traveling. Flu shots and other vaccination services, on-site health screenings, and ergonomic assessments are all part of Amgen's occupational health offerings.
To help Amgen staff achieve work-life balance, Amgen offers flexible work schedules, telecommuting, remote work, part-time work, and job-sharing options, as appropriate.