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editorial... “Why the !@#$% should we waste our time with a health and wellness program? It’s just a waste of money and manpower…” You may have heard this crotchety refrain from an antiquated C-suite 4 executive or two in your time – maybe more than a few times. It might be shortly followed up with a “how is this supposed to make us money?”, accompanied by a derisive snort or a rolling of the eyes. These people have “seen it all” and know “what really matters”. Everything else is “phony baloney”. So why should they – or you bother to try to make them – pull their noses from their Balance Sheet to pay attention to the health of their workforce? Likely happiness is not a metric they desire much to measure, nor would employee satisfaction or engagement. But what about these facts? Alex Morin Executive VP Sales & Marketing • An employee retention rate of 94%, over the national average of 62%. • $3.27 reduction in medical costs for every $1 spent. • A 28% reduction in sick leave. How about that? Do you think that would get their attention? Those that still answer no might not matter anyway – they might already be too busy navigating their respective Titanics into collisions with proverbial flaming Hindenburgs. But for the remainder the reluctance might only be an issue of implementation; a fear of a messy, complicated process that will be no end of trouble. But that doesn’t have to be the case at all. Special health and wellness consulting firms exist for that very purpose and offer programs of all sizes, variations and costs. Besides that, there are a number of not-for-profit organizations – like Canada’s ParticipACTION, with their www.UPnGO.ca initiative – whose passion and expertise can offer an instant framework for companies looking to implement a wellness program. It doesn’t even have to be that complicated, in fact. Don’t confuse health and wellness with fitness – it’s about all levels of personal well-being; physical, mental and emotional. Often you need only to ask your employees what’s missing in their work/life balance to get all the answers you need. They might tell you that, between their family, work and their daily commute they can’t find the time (or the room in the budget for gym membership fees) to do even a simple workout. Or that the pressures of their job functions, the incumbent byzantine company policies JUNE • 17 wellth.xyz


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