Secure Management Support

Effective workplace wellness programs require solid foundations, planning and (often) cultural shifts in order to support employee health and wellness.

Having your senior management team recognize the benefits of workplace wellness and commit to making it work is perhaps the single most important piece to building a sustainable workplace wellness program. Senior management buy-in demonstrates the organization’s commitment to employee health.

Making the case for healthy workplaces

 In order to maintain or receive support for a wellness program, it is important to know what the benefits to the organization can be.

Wellness programs can help to minimize the financial costs associated with an unhealthy workplace while maximizing the benefits of a healthy workforce. A comprehensive wellness program can lead to reduced benefits costs, reduced absenteeism and increased productivity. Employees with four lifestyle risk factors (such as obesity, physical inactivity, poor nutrition, smoking or high alcohol intake) report 50% more absences from work than those without those risk factors.1

Help learn how to calculate your financial return on investment (ROI) by downloading The Conference Board of Canada’s Making the Business Case for Investments in Workplace Health and Wellness.

Workplace wellness programs demonstrate the employer’s commitment to employees’ wellbeing and position the organization as a socially responsible employer. By creating a wellness program, businesses can attain the profile they need to attract and retain good employees.1

Employers have legal duty to provide employees with a physically and psychologically safe work environment.

1, 4 Sun Life Financial, Sun life-buffett national wellness survey, 2013