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With wellness programs, employers are just passing the buck, unions say
By Anthony Pizzino
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/09/2005

Work has profound implications on health. Employees are facing unprecedented levels of workplace stress, increasing workloads and a myriad of other health and safety hazards.

Why, then, are unions cautioning their members about programs that claim to improve health?

The crux of unions’ concern is these programs tend to put the spotlight on individual workers and their “unhealthy” lifestyles, while ignoring workplace factors that cause ill health. It’s all well and good to be told to eat healthy foods, exercise, stop smoking, and relax. But if work and its associated hazards and working conditions are responsible for ill health, wellness programs won’t offer much help.