Standard sets precedent for promotion of health in the workplace.
QUEBEC, Jan. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell Ltd. has achieved Healthy Enterprise - Elite certification from the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) for its
Quebec offices. Morneau Shepell is the first company in its field to
obtain certification and one of only eight companies to achieve elite
status under the standard officially known as the BNQ Standard 9700-800
Prevention, Promotion and Organizational Practices Contributing to
Health in the Workplace.
"We are a leader in employee health and productivity, and as such, are
committed to our clients' employee health and well-being," says Julien
Ponce, Executive Vice President, Morneau Shepell. "We think that it's
important to 'walk the walk' and start with our own employees."
The standard focuses on improving the health of individuals by
identifying specific interventions and measures that companies can
implement in the workplace to maintain and sustain individual health,
and promote a healthier work environment.
Healthy Enterprise - Elite certification calls for the integration of an individual's health and
well-being into an organization's management practices. Companies must
offer interventions in four areas that significantly impact the health
and productivity of their employees: employee habits, work-life
balance, work environment, and management practices. Organizations
granted elite status exceed expectations laid out by the Healthy
Enterprise category, and take a more integrated health and well-being
approach to their corporate culture and management practices.
Morneau Shepell's Mission Santé, a program launched by its Quebec
employees, is credited with securing this certification, and is
responsible for establishing a wide range of interventions and
activities to build optimum employee health in the workplace. All
levels of the organization participate in Mission Santé.
Ponce explains: "So far, we have received positive feedback and active
participation from our employees and managers regarding this new
program. Our people now feel empowered to make healthier decisions in
their life and are supported by management in their choices."
Integrating this standard into Quebec's business management practices
ensures that Quebec's workforce remains healthy, and organizations
remain productive and profitable.
Morneau Shepell Ltd.
Morneau Shepell is the largest Canadian-based firm offering
industry-leading benefits and pension consulting, outsourcing, as well
as health and productivity solutions. The company works with clients to
develop innovative end-to-end insights and solutions that integrate
with their business strategies to achieve results. Through Benefits and
Health Solutions Consulting, Pension Consulting, Health Management,
Administration Solutions and Shepell•fgi's Employee Assistance Program,
Morneau Shepell helps clients reduce costs, increase employee
productivity, and improve their competitive positions by supporting
their employees' financial security, health and well-being.
Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves over 8,000 clients, ranging
from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and
associations in North America. With approximately 2,500 employees in
offices across North America, we provide services to organizations
across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. For more
information, visit www.morneaushepell.com
Bureau de normalisation du Québec
The Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ) is an organization for
standardization, certification and distribution of information on
standards, and is officially recognized by the Government of Quebec. It
is accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) for developing
standards and certification. These internationally renowned
accreditations assure that the BNQ's procedures and methods comply with
the rules of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
and the World Trade Organization (WHO). BNQ's standards allow companies
to establish performance criteria to define, in particular, the
quality, security and ability to use products, processes or services in
a context of economic development. It provides solutions for market
needs by developing consensual standards with balanced committees and
by implementing certification programs (products, services, processes,
management systems). www.bnq.qc.ca
SOURCE Morneau Shepell Ltd.
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