Our Story






Your Wellness Program May Be Making People Less Well

Companies and their HR managers are looking for unique and cost-effective initiatives to support employee physical, mental and emotional well-being through wellness. By implementing such programs, employers are hoping and anticipating their investment will result in increased productivity and improved engagement, as well as building loyalty and commitment with their hard-to-find talent. It sounds easy enough but can be harder to achieve than it sounds.

Why? There are a variety of wellness options out there for employers to choose from. Many of the traditional programs — subsidized gym memberships, corporate health challenges (such as weight loss and smoking cessation), on-site yoga, massage services — still exist in the market. Lately, however, there have been some especially creative ideas, such as offering employees a place to nap, lactation lounges, on-site dentists and others that may (or may not) be the right fit for your organization.

But even though an employer may have the best of intentions in mind, not all wellness initiatives (whether traditional or not) are one-size-fits-all. Therefore, before implementing any wellness program, it is imperative that management consider all angles and the potential implications on employees of their proposed program.

Make. Work. Better.

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story

Subscribe Today

To discuss re-use of this material, contact us.

Already a Subscriber? Log in.

Reuse and Permissions: Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact: copyright@yourworkplace.ca ; 877-668-1945.

Head shot of Lisa Kay
Lisa Kay
Lisa Kay is president and lead consultant, Peak Performance Human Resources Corp., Toronto.
romance at work

Romance at Work

Workers complain about policies that prohibit dating and loudly proclaim that it is an infringement of their human rights. Others ask, “What ever happened to

coworker love

Keeping Love a Secret at Work

Canadians are finding love at work but many are hiding it from their coworkers, according to a new study by ADP Canada. Based on self-reported