Mental health issues drive wellness: Survey

More than one-half of Canadian firms identify stress as top health risk
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/22/2010

Want to improve productivity? Employers should look beyond the fitness passes and in-house weight loss clinics, according to a new global wellness survey.

Working Well, the third annual global wellness survey conducted by Buck Consultants, suggests mental health issues are more powerful drivers of wellness strategies than those related to physical health. Forty-five per cent of companies surveyed in Canada identified stress as the top health risk that is driving wellness strategies in the workplace. Work-life balance (39 per cent) and depression (31 per cent) were other leading issues.

“It was the first year that it was that clear,” said Michele Bossi, Buck’s health and productivity practice leader in Canada.