Back to the Summer 2014 newsletter >

The advantages of promoting health in the workplace

In the current economic climate, employers face many challenges in ensuring the success of their organization. To compete in a globalized market, they must increase their company’s productivity and reduce their operating costs, among other things.

To succeed at this, employers must be able to rely on trained, engaged and healthy employees. It has been shown that human resources with a healthy lifestyle and adequate support are more fulfilled and productive, which is beneficial for the individual, the organization and society in general. Just as an example, according to a Health Canada report, a physically active employee is 12% more productive than a less active colleague.

Tangible benefits

Reducing the costs related to disability, absenteeism and presenteeism

A good prevention program reduces risk factors associated with psychological and physical health, lifestyle habits and company operations.

It is interesting to note that the most costly risk factors for organizations generally include:

  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • High blood sugar
  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Hypertension
  • Physical inactivity

Controlling the increase in insurance premiums

A better disability experience and reduced medication use are elements that allow better control of group insurance premiums.

Lightening the workload of managers and union representatives

Our program was designed to allow managers to spend more time on value-added activities for the organization, not to mention improve their management practices.

Facilitating talent retention and the hiring of new employees

When considering staff turnover, employee satisfaction is of primary importance. Programs like the one offered by Optima Global Health promote both talent retention and the hiring of new employees. Indeed, an organization with a well-established prevention program tends to be more highly regarded by job seekers and current employees.

We also observe a general net improvement in the work environment and decision making, as well as in the motivation, creativity and commitment of employees.

Return on investment

Research groups currently have their attention focused on the concept of return on investment, or ROI.

Of all the studies we looked at, one from Harvard University stands out for its methodology and rigour. The study in question concluded that initiatives related to wellness in the workplace have an average return of 336%, meaning savings of $3.36 for every dollar invested. There is also a large body of Quebec and Canadian studies that corroborate these results.

However, to achieve such success, it is essential for the organization to be proactive and implement a multifaceted program combining everything from prevention to disability support.

Optima Global Health’s integrated approach

To help organizations fully promote employee health and wellness, and achieve the associated benefits, Optima Global Health offers a variety of services that deal with prevention and the promotion of health in the workplace:

  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Coaching for managers
  • Health education and screening activities
  • Medical questionnaires and assessments
  • Training workshops and conferences
  • Disability support
  • Etc.

If you would like further information on our services or the advantages of promoting health in the workplace, we invite you to contact our team at 1-877-886-4440 or

And remember: a global, integrated approach is the key!