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employers report having a formal wellness strategy in place, while
closer to half are taking a more informal approach to their well-ness
“Healthy workplaces consider employee wellbeing broad-ly
and consider aspects of employees’ physical, psychological and
social health,” said Allison Cowan, director, Total Rewards and
Workplace Health Research at The Conference Board of Canada.
“Investing in a comprehensive health and wellness program is an
essential part of a healthy work environment and makes good
Employers are making investments in employee health promo-tion
and wellness initiatives that target health broadly not only
because they want to be responsible employers, but also because
the cost of doing nothing is too high. Recent Conference Board
research has found that lost productivity due to depression and
anxiety alone are costing the Canadian economy billions.
A comprehensive approach to a healthy workplace encompass-es
employee health promotion and wellness initiatives for both
physical and mental health, alongside more traditional and well-established
programs for occupational health and safety and
absence and disability management. Employee wellness efforts fo-cus
on reducing behaviours that have a negative impact on employee
health and promoting those that have beneficial health outcomes.
The report, Wellness Initiatives: Trends in Organizational Health
Management, examines investments by Canadian employers
in employee health promotion and wellness initiatives. Just 32
per cent of survey respondents had a formal corporate wellness
strategy in place. These organizations were more likely to have a
wellness committee, stand-alone organizational policy about em-ployee
health and wellness and were more likely to evaluate their
strategies annually or more often. Nearly half (48 per cent) of re-spondents
reported having only informal wellness strategies. A
further 20 per cent of Canadian organizations have no wellness
strategy at all.
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AND WELLNESS PROGRAM
IS AN ESSENTIAL PART
OF A HEALTHY WORK
ENVIRONMENT AND MAKES
GOOD BUSINESS SENSE.
– ALLISON COWAN
10 ❚ JANUARY 2018 ❚ HR PROFESSIONAL