Serving up wellness

City of Richmond cast the net wide when it came to building its corporate wellness program
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/29/2015

It’s a rare employer that offers lessons on guitar playing or bonsai gardening, but the City of Richmond in British Columbia does just that — and more — as part of its corporate wellness program. 

It wasn’t always that way. Fifteen years ago, when the program first started, the organization focused primarily on physical health. It was about containing health-care costs, reducing absenteeism, raising health awareness and making lifestyle behaviour modifications.