Employers lack real workplace wellness strategies

According to a study by Buck Consultants, only 30% of Canadian employers are measuring the outcomes of their wellness plans.

While 96% of Canadian employers have or intend to introduce wellness initiatives, only 24% have fully implemented wellness strategies, along with multi-year goals and a documented approach to assess the results. Stress continues to be the top health driver of corporate wellness programs. The Working Well: A Global Survey of Health Promotion and Workplace Wellness Strategies survey analyzed the responses of 1,248 companies in 47 countries, representing more than 13 million employees. Increasing productivity, reducing absences and improving workforce engagement are the top goals for these programs.

According to the survey, these objectives are achieved, since employers that focus on creating a better work environment are also the best at boosting employee morale and engagement. Unfortunately, among the companies that have set up wellness plans, very few know how to measure the outcomes or have enough resources to do so.

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