Making the case for healthy workplaces

Workplace wellness programs can have a positive impact on organizations and their bottom line. In order to maintain or receive support for a wellness program, it is important to know what the benefits to the organization can be. A recent SunLife Financial study of organizations that implemented a wellness program showed that 51% experienced improved employee morale, 40% reduced employee absenteeism and 30% witnessed improved productivity.4 Along with making financial sense, a workplace wellness program can boost an organization’s social responsibility profile and fulfill the legal duties to create a safe and healthy workplace for employees.

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 4 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 Learn how to calculate your 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’ well-being 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 a 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