Employers underestimating prevalence, impact of chronic diseases: Survey

But both employees, employers would like better understanding of issues
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 07/16/2016

Plan sponsors may be underestimating the impact of chronic disease in the workplace, and how the workplace can negatively affect employees’ ability to manage their conditions, according to a survey by Sanofi Canada.

Fifty-nine per cent of employees have at least one chronic condition, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or depression. Broken down by age, 79 per cent of employees aged 55 to 64 have at least one condition, compared to 40 per cent among those 18 to 34. 

But employers think just 32 per cent of employees have such a condition, found the survey of 1,500 primary holders of group health benefit plans and 500 health benefit plan sponsors.