Why a healthy workplace matters

In today’s competitive market, businesses must constantly look for ways to stay ahead of the curve. Obtaining a healthy bottom line requires developing strategies to manage absenteeism, employee turnover and an aging workforce while also recruiting, retaining and engaging top talent. While employee health and wellness remain a priority for many business owners, they may lack the resources to develop a comprehensive workplace wellness program. Our healthy workplace resources were developed to help employers reach that healthy bottom line.

Benefits of a healthy workplace

The average Canadian spends 60% of their waking hours on the job, which makes the workplace an ideal setting to educate about healthy behaviours. Comprehensive workplace wellness programs help employees make lifestyle choices that can reduce their risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases.1 Workplace wellness programs can reduce sick leave, improve employee health, boost morale and increase productivity. Successful wellness programs can also boost a company’s profile as being socially responsible and providing a safe and healthy workplace for employees.2

Impacts of an unhealthy workplace

Unhealthy employees come with a cost to businesses. Every year, businesses incur direct costs, such as disability and drug costs, as well as indirect costs related to absenteeism and loss of productivity.3 Unhealthy workplaces can also pose many risks to employee health. Unhealthy employees may suffer from a multitude of ill-health effects, including heart problems, back pain, cancers, mental health problems, injuries, infections, conflicts and substance abuse.

Conference board of Canada, making the business case for investments in workplace health and wellness, 2012
Conference board of Canada, making the business case for investments in workplace health and wellness, 2012
The case for comprehensive workplace health promotion, The health communications unit