June 15, 2023 All Articles

Maclean’s Canada: Employee Wellness & Total Rewards

15 June 2023: Our Group CEO, Chris Cummings, was asked to contribute to Maclean’s Canada Employee Wellness and Total Rewards supplement. Join us at the Wellbeing at Work Canadian Summit in Toronto and Calgary on 26-28 September 2023. Further details on the Summit can be found here.

We have had a myriad of challenges across the globe, including some difficult economic conditions in Canada during recent months. This, along with record burnout figures, the great reset, and a purpose-seeking employee market has given leaders some significant headaches during the first part of 2023.

However, looking back at previous slowdowns, it took bravery to make bold decisions and history shows it works — so that is my rallying call to today’s leaders in Canada. Organizations are nothing without their people — that’s a fact. How many times do you see on company websites saying that their people are their most important asset? Well, let’s test that theory!

Wellbeing at Work holds the key to many of these challenges and that is what workers of all ages are looking for and expect now — a personalized approach to wellbeing that delivers for all; a purpose driven organization with authentic and empathetic leadership that provides human connection in an inclusive environment.

Legislation is coming too. Governments across the world have wellbeing in the workplace top of the agenda with the NSW Government in Australia implementing legal requirements to employers to create mentally healthy workplaces, the Dutch Government exploring the right to remote work into law, and debates in the UK’s parliament have re-surfaced recently with elected officials discussing a new law requiring businesses to offer mental health first aid training.

So, I challenge you as organizations to look beyond the short term and go into the future of work with gusto. Don’t just talk about how important your people are on your website, invest properly in the wellbeing of your colleagues, reap the significant rewards, and build a healthy culture that delivers on all levels.

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