Lip service to wellness abounds

Many corporate programs offer niceties while ignoring stress, survey shows
By Uyen Vu
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/20/2004

There’s a mismatch between what many corporate wellness programs offer and what employees feel they need, according to a recent survey of 420 Canadian employers.

What’s more, employers recognize they’re not offering employees what they need. Stress management, for example, tops a list of employer concerns, but it barely squeezes in at number 10 in a list of programs offered.

“What rings a warning bell for us is that organizations have a reasonably good sense of what the health issues are within their organization. Stress management was number one. A sedentary lifestyle and a lack of exercise was number two,” said Ed Buffett, president of Buffett Taylor and Associates, the Whitby, Ont.-based health and wellness provider which conducted the