Wellness Initiatives: Trends in Organizational Health Management

The Conference Board of Canada, 58 pages, November 16, 2017
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Primarily based on a 2016 Conference Board of Canada survey of Canadian employers, this report outlines the evolution of what comprises a healthy workplace and examines investments by employers in employee health promotion and wellness initiatives.

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Wellness Initiatives: Trends in Organizational Health Management highlights why investing in employee well-being makes good business sense. The report examines how Canadian employers are approaching their corporate wellness strategies and demonstrates employers’ ongoing commitment to employee health promotion and wellness initiatives. It documents the prevalence of these initiatives in Canadian workplaces and illustrates that employers consider employee health broadly (e.g., physical and mental health). The report is based on a survey—conducted by The Conference Board of Canada in 2016—of 205 Canadian employers. The survey is supplemented by one case study and a brief review of the research literature.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

  • What Is a Healthy Workplace?
  • Health Promotion and Wellness Initiatives: Essential Elements of a Healthy Workplace
  • Why Invest in Creating a Healthy Workplace?

Chapter 2—Employer Strategies for Health Promotion and Wellness Initiatives

  • Many Employers Take an Informal Approach to Wellness
  • Most Employers Do Not Have a Wellness Policy
  • Specific Degrees or Certifications Are Not Often Required for Wellness Staff
  • Wellness Committees on the Rise?
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Is Essential

Chapter 3—Health Promotion and Wellness Initiatives: A Detailed Look

  • General Health and WellnessMental Health
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Fitness
  • Medical Services
  • Future Directions and Trends
  • Conclusion

Appendix A—Respondent Profile and Methodology

Appendix B—Health Promotion and Wellness Initiatives Over Time by Sector

Appendix C—Bibliography

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