Workplace health: Emerging discipline or (still) flavour of the month?

A look at why so few organizations are walking the talk when it comes to wellness
By Chris Bonnett and Allan Smofsky
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/19/2004

Many employers and business leaders still don’t accept the strong business case for workplace health promotion.

Many even question whether employers can — or should attempt to — play a proactive role in the health of employees. This at a time when most of these same employers are troubled by the costs of increasing demand for health services.

Mercer Human Resources Consulting recently projected Canadian benefit plan costs would roughly double from 2002 and 2007 to between eight per cent and 12 per cent of payroll.