Tips to keep your wellness ROI fit (Guest Commentary)

Deliver targeted programs, think beyond lunch-and-learns
By Veronica Marsden
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/06/2012

Almost one-half (47 per cent) of the employers that participated in the Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey 2012 offer wellness programs for employees. While most indicated the main reason they do so is to keep employees healthy and productive, 48 per cent said it makes financial sense and affects the bottom line.

With employees spending more than 50 per cent of their waking hours on the job, employers have a huge opportunity to impact their well-being. Seventy to 75 per cent of health-care costs are due to modifiable risk factors including smoking, obesity and physical inactivity, according to both Statistics Canada and the World Health Organization.

Here are 10 ways to ensure you maximize the return on investment of your wellness program.