Critical Issues Paper: Health and Wellness

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Introduction According to workers, organizations with significant wellness programs remain a minority. Demographic evidence suggests that the current laissez-faire attitudes toward workplace wellness found in many organizations will soon need to change. It's important to understand those needs to tailor a wellness program to the organization and its people. To be successful, wellness programs must be employee driven and management supported. (Walker, 2004) For the state of workplace wellness the question has been asked, "Is your workplace well"? (Press, 1999) The reality of it all is some of the business leaders just don't get it. Why is stress such an issue? Why is depression such an issue? It there isn't some sensitivity to…show more content…
(Toronto, 1996) Nininger, who is president and CEO of the Ottawa-based Conference Board of Canada, told delegates that the Conference Board began seriously looking at Canadian health system changes about three years ago. That's when the Conference Board, with the support of Health Canada, conducted a national survey of more than 400 employers on the issue of rising health costs. As well, the study looked at some of the employer responses to these ever-burgeoning costs, which included such innovations as providing nutrition counseling, fitness club subsidies and smoking cessation courses. (The full results of the survey will be made public later this year.) (Toronto, 1996) The key issue to emerge from the survey: there is growing anxiety among Canadian employers regarding the costs associated with maintaining and enhancing employer health benefits while at the same time remaining competitive. Indeed, one company told the Conference Board that while the costs of providing health benefits in Canada remains far less than its subsidiary in the U.S., the rapid rate of growth in domestic health care costs relative to those south of the border is certainly cause for concern. (Toronto, 1996) These costs are indeed steadily rising: in 1994, Nininger notes that Canadians spent $72.5 billion on health care -- a whopping $10 billion more than what

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