Sun Life-Buffett National Wellness Survey takes pulse of workplace
wellness and health promotion in Canada
TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Almost one quarter (24 per cent) of
Canadian employers say work-related stress and sedentary lifestyles are
the top major health risks affecting their employees, according to the
Sun Life-Buffett National Wellness Survey, released today.
An aging workforce coupled with the introduction of a younger generation
of workers has businesses taking a closer look at what they are doing
to support the well-being of their employees. Noticing an increase in
lifestyle related health conditions and the opportunity for illness
prevention, many companies are seeing the need to invest in the health
of their employees.
"With an increase in illnesses relating to both stress and sedentary
lifestyles, the need for employer sponsored wellness programs is
growing rapidly," said Lori Casselman, Assistant Vice-President, Health
and Wellness, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial. "Employers can
positively influence the health of the workplace by implementing
initiatives that encourage employees to understand their current health
risks, and ultimately to lead healthier lives."
Ninety-two per cent of organizations surveyed recognize that the health
of their employees influences overall corporate performance. The survey
finds that 62 per cent of organizations currently offer wellness
initiatives with 51 per cent reporting an increase in employee morale
and a 40 per cent decrease in absenteeism.
"A growing number of employers are making the connection between the
health of their employees and workplace productivity," said Stuart
Monteith, Senior Vice-President, Group Benefits, Sun Life Financial.
"Workplace wellness programs are effective in supporting the well-being
of employees while creating a more engaged and productive workforce.
Major health issues are not only taking a toll on the overall
well-being of employees, but also have a significant impact on the
sustainability of our healthcare system."
Successful wellness programs must include initiatives that address the
health concerns of employees, such as heart health and diabetes
screening clinics, smoking cessation programs, fitness subsidies or
onsite fitness programs, nutrition and stress management education.
For more key findings and results of the 2013 Sun Life-Buffett National
Wellness Survey and to learn more about employee health and wellness,
About the survey
Conducted since 1997, the Sun Life-Buffett National Wellness Survey
investigates the prevalence of worksite wellness in Canada, examines
changing views and provides an overview of the current well-being
promotion practices among Canadian organizations.
The 2013 survey was conducted over the spring and summer of 2013. A
national sample of 400 Canadian employers participated in the online
survey. Respondents represented public, private and not-for-profit
organizations ranging in size from less than 50 employees to those with
more than 2,500 employees. To ensure the survey sample composition
replicated that of the Canadian employer population, all data was
weighted to reflect employer size and regional distribution across
About Sun Life Financial
Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services
organization providing a diverse range of protection and wealth
accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate
customers. Sun Life Financial and its partners have operations in key
markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United
Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India,
China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Bermuda. As of
June 30, 2013, the Sun Life Financial group of companies had total
assets under management of $591 billion. For more information, please
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and
Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.
Note to Editors: All figures in Canadian dollars.
SOURCE: Sun Life Financial Inc.
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