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Canadian workers prefer welfare programs custom



16 July 2019 11:30

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The majority of canadian workers believe they would be happier and healthier if their employer offered a program of well-being custom tailored to their needs and to the health of the individual, according to a new survey.

The survey, published by RBC Insurance, also indicates that 94 % of canadian workers are more likely to work for an employer conscious of their health and their well-being. Some 78 % say that their physical health would be better if an individualized program was made available to them, 73 % say that their job satisfaction would improve, as does their mental health (71 %) and their productivity at work (68 %).

In consideration of this type of customization, three-quarters (76 %) of canadian workers would be willing to share their information and their goals of health and well-being with an insurer to reveal the results of the survey.

The packages of benefits should offer the choice

“The survey really highlight the value that give canadian workers have a choice for their benefits and programs customized when it comes to their overall wellbeing,” stresses Julie Gaudry, director general, main, group insurance at RBC Insurance. It is important for employers to design a group insurance plan that takes into account the needs of their workforce, especially as new generations enter the labour market and others leave, as this may have a great impact on the morale of the employees and their overall health. “

It can be difficult for businesses to motivate their employees to participate in welfare programs. According to the survey, the three main factors that motivate canadian workers are the following :

  • A program of well-being on measures targeting specific objectives in the field of health (44 %) ;
  • Incentives and rewards based on progress (40 %) ;
  • The time to devote to the well-being during work hours (35 %).

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