In a recent article from the Georgia Straight entitled Balancing work, home boosts well-being, only 27% of Canadians thought that a balance between work and home is possible.
It is understandable most workers would feel this way in our “culture of productivity” with the pressure on people to produce more in less time while caring for children or elderly parents. Furthermore, just 29% of Canadians think that their employer truly cares about their family and personal priorities.
The poll (Desjardins Financial Securtity Insurance Company) also found that values most important to Canadians are family (54%), honesty (25%) and good health (23%), followed by work (10%) and money (5%).
Many managers still reward workers who come into the office early, stay late and take work home with them. It only takes common sense and a little foresight to realize that this lifestyle is not sustainable.
These unrealistic work demands come at a high cost to the employer like absenteeism, high prescription drug costs, increased use of employee – assistance programs and high employee turnover.
It doesn’t cost that much money to implement a workplace wellness program in your workplace to bring values of community (family), honesty and good health. It can be a win-win for employee / employer relationships.
Contact Catalyst to learn more about Workplace Wellness services that are offered.