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Employers Fail To Deliver On Wellness

Most Canadian employers understand the importance of workplace health and wellness programs, but many aren't delivering the right programs or communicating them to their employees effectively, says a survey by GoodLife Fitness. Its research also found organizations face corporate wellness budget restrictions and lack systems to measure the success of their programs. “Our research shows the more you invest in a workplace health and wellness program, the more you get out of it. We found health and wellness benefits are on management’s priority list, but many employers are missing the mark when it comes to customizing, communicating, and measuring the programs they offer,” says Tammy Brazier, director, corporate and business development at GoodLife Fitness. Research highlights show six out of 10 employers (62 per cent) say their health and wellness programs are not tailored to staff needs, but 61 per cent of working people say they would be more inclined to participate in a health and wellness program if it was tailored to their individual needs. Most (83 per cent) of those responsible for health and wellness benefits felt the programs they offer are sufficient, but 62 per cent of working Canadians surveyed say they would like to see more health and wellness benefits from their employer. As well, more than two-thirds (68 per cent) of employers feel they do an effective job communicating the details of available health and wellness benefits to employees, yet 62 per cent of employees said they’re not fully aware of the benefits available to them.

Courtesy of Benefits and Pensions Monitor website News Alerts 

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