Unique Wellness Programs
- SunTrust Banks wanted to identify a perk that staffers would enjoy that also was in line with the company’s mission of promoting financial health. Its Day of Purpose program grants employees an extra vacation day to get their own personal finances in order or to spend time volunteering to help others do the same. Employees have used the time to accomplish a variety of tasks: Many people spent the day filling out tax returns or meeting with a financial planner. One person volunteered at a middle school to teach the children about financial matters. Another met with college officials to discuss financial aid packages for his daughter’s education. There’s no formal channel for reporting when one takes their Day of Purpose; staffers simply have to clear it with their supervisor. They’re asked to share with their manager what task they plan to focus on, and when they return, report back on the lessons that they learned.
- No ‘jerks’ allowed. Employer Limeade has a “No Jerks” hiring policy in place to make sure all its employees are happy, healthy, and high performing. A recent job posting for the enterprise engagement company wrote that the candidate must be “Nice: Life is too short to work with jerks.” This hiring practice permeates and guides on how everyone is suppose to communicate and get along.
- The title of Chief Fun Officer at the Toronto office of Dimension Data Canada Inc. is bestowed upon an employee who’s willing to create fun at the organization. CFOs are given a budget to organize monthly activities, such as paintball or bowling.
Recent Wellness Statistics:
- 46% of employees said they have given up or quit a job due to a lack of flexible schedules – World at Work
- 24% of Canadian employers say work-related stress and sedentary lifestyles are top major health risks affecting employees. Sun Life-Buffett National Wellness Survey
- Excessive work hours by dads is positively associated with subsequent workaholic tendencies in adult kids. Kravina et al
- Three-quarters of surveyed Canadians said that they had no idea how they would pay for long-term care if they needed it. Conference Board of Canada
- December is the time of year that employees call in sick most, followed by January and February. Career Builder
- More than 35% of employees consider lack of recognition of work as biggest hindrance to productivity. TimeJobs
- 6/10 surveyed Canadian women say work/family balance is the biggest challenge for women to overcome in their career. Randstad
- In Canada, more employers offer support programs for physical issues (61%) than for mental health issues (53%). Conference Board of Canada report entitled Disability Management: Opportunities for Employer Action.
- Tracking of 100 Best Companies to Work For over 10 yrs, showed average annualized returns of 16%. (compared to just 4% for S&P 500) Barrett
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