What is Workplace Wellness?
Workplace wellness programs include one or more common components such as a health risk assessment, healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation, and stress management. Each organization will have its own priorities based on the nature of the business and employee situation (gender, age, activity level etc.).
Why implement and support a Workplace Wellness Program?
- According to Healthy Alberta, today’s new employment marketplace is forcing employers to be competitive in order to attract and retain top-notch employees.
- Statistics Canada figures suggests another factor is the unprecedented levels of lifestyle related diseases including obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes, all of which are affecting productivity to the tune of billions of dollars in Canada.
- With the rise in inactive versus active work due to automation and changing industry in Canada, time spent on the job is compounding the problem. Above all, employers are starting to feel it in the pocketbook through the increased costs of short-term and long-term disability premiums.
The typical Canadian employer spends an average of $10,000 a year on an employee’s medical care. This includes medical insurance, disability and worker’s compensation. As these costs climb, medical insurance is expected to rise at least 10% per year.
- TELUS has reported a $3 return for each $1 invested in wellness program initiatives.
- New technology and research has been developed that can show a return on investment of $4 or more for $1 invested according to the Canadian Council on Integrated Healthcare.
- Research published on the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses web site shows by promoting being active and providing incentives to be active, employers improve alertness, reduce absenteeism, reduce injury, and decrease short-term disability compensation.
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