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Northern Michigan Regional Health Systems

return with no wait time for having their benefits reinstated.

Health and wellness benefits open to full- and part-time employees, which 92 percent of them use, include flu shots, health screenings, health-risk appraisals, smoking-cessation programs, discounts to local health clubs, physical-activity programs, weight-loss programs, stress-management training, and cash incentives for having annual physical exams.

Employees can also take advantage of on-site regular and backup care for children, grandchildren, and elders, and referral services to locate care for children, grandchildren, and elders.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements:  Flextime, compressed-work schedules, job-sharing, telecommuting, and a formal phased-retirement program are among the alternative-work arrangements offered by the Northern Michigan Regional Health Systems. Full-time employees may change to part-time schedules  on either a temporary or permanent basis.

Opportunities for Retirees: Northern Michigan Regional Health Systems has an employee who is directly responsible for continuing relationships between the company and its 428 retirees. The organization stays connected to the retiree population through regular communications, by inviting retirees to events, and by formally acknowledging employees when they retire. Retirees can maintain professional skills by taking temporary assignments, consulting work, telecommuting, and full- and part-time positions with the health systems.

Age of Workforce: Forty-one percent of Northern Michigan Regional Health Systems employees are age 50+, with an average tenure of 9.6 years.

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