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Employee Well-being Program

Wellbeing is defined as a state of being healthy and happy. The question is are your employees healthy and happy?

According to recent research...

  • 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health problem or illness within a given year.

  • 1 in 2 Canadians under 40 will experience a mental health problem or illness by the time they turn 40. 

  • Every week 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses.

  • 61% of employees are burned out on the job.

  • Stress-related absences cost Canadian employers about $3.5 billion each year.

  • Six in ten Canadians believe “their employer has some responsibility in ensuring their good health.”

  •  38% of wellness program participants said it helped them take fewer sick days.

  • 91% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts say they feel motivated to do their best.

  • Of employers offering wellness programs, 67% reported increased employee satisfaction, 66% reported increased productivity, 63% reported increased financial sustainability and growth, and 50% reported decreased absenteeism.

  • 89% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work.

There is a direct link between the workplace culture, environment and leadership/management, and the sense of wellness people feel who work there.



Every well-being program needs to take into consideration the following...

  • Mental and Emotional Well-being,

  • Physical Well-being,

  • Social Well-being, and

  • Financial Well-being.


This program can be structured to address all aspects of well-being or specific compenents for a more customized program.

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The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has identified three contributors to a healthy workplace. 

  1. Organizational Culture: The organizational culture consists of the attitudes, values and beliefs that are demonstrated in the workplace on a daily basis that affect the mental and physical well-being of employees.

  2. The Physical Work Environment: A safe and healthy physical work environment is one where traditional occupational health and safety hazards (for example, chemical, musculoskeletal, electrical and machine hazards) are recognized, assessed and controlled.

  3. Personal Health Resources: Personal health resources are the resources, opportunities and flexibility the organization provides to support employees’ efforts to improve or maintain their personal health practices or lifestyle.

In order for people to experience a sense of workplace wellbeing they need to feel valued, appreciated, respected and job satisfaction. They need to know leaders in the organization are focused on ensuring they work in a safe and healthy environment. When this happens the results are improved productivity and commitment to their work. If employees perceive the workplace as being unsafe, stressful or unhealthy, both the organization and the employees pay the price.

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