Work-out programs work out well

Award-winning workplace wellness program shapes up nicely for employees at sanofi pasteur
By Lisa Cancian
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/26/2011

Work through lunch? Sure, there’s more time to complete that report, meet with colleagues to discuss a project or catch up on accumulated emails. But when the lunch hour rolls around at sanofi pasteur, employees think twice. Between Zumba classes, meditation workshops and healthy eating events, employees are busy keeping balanced.

At the Toronto-based vaccine company, the idea of an on-site wellness program has always been essential to ensure the well-being of staff. That’s evident in its Phoenix Wellness Program, which has grown from a small initiative to a large-scale program meant to enhance the overall healthy lifestyle and job satisfaction of more than 1,100 employees.

And it seems to be working. In October 2010, the organization was presented with the Who’s Who in Workplace Health Award by Working Well magazine, which honours individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and innovation in workplace health.