According to this article in the National Post, Canadian employees desire workplace wellness and disease prevention education to be included in their health care plans.
In the Sanofi-Aventis Healthcare Survey:
- 83% of the 1500 respondents would be more likely to stay at their jobs if they believed their employer was interested in maintaining their health through education and prevention.
- 75% thought more highly of employers that offered it in the workplace.
According to Chris Bonnett, a member of the surveyem advisory board and president of H3 Consulting, “[employees] are looking to their employers for support and access to health education and programming.”
It’s great that Canadians are more interested in their health and that their employers may see a beneficial link between the employees’ health and their value to the company. Not like the good old days.
The survey was conducted by Sanofi-Aventis Canada – the Canadian affiliate of the Sanofi-Aventis Group, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. No conflict of interest there.
What are the odds that Sanofi-Aventis might have some suggestions as to the type of health education and programming (their word) that the employees should have access to?
Who is going to say no to free stuff? Sure, pay for my gym membership. I’m down with that.
It would be much more honest to ask employees if they would be interested in having their employer pick up half the tab for fitness memberships, etc.
At the end of the day, any health promotion / disease prevention plan is a good thing. And what a surprise that in Canada, the home of socialized medicine, that business, not government is leading the way.