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Supporting employee health

Friday November 27, 2015 Written by  Retain Canada
An overwhelming majority of Canadians believe employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical and psychological health.

The Sun Life Canadian Health Index measures the attitudes of Canadians towards healthy lifestyles and reports these in the form of an index. This year’s findings are based on the results of an Ipsos Reid poll conducted between June 15 and 23 among a sample of 2,404 Canadians between the ages of 18 and 80. Respondents were drawn from the Ipsos I-Say online panel.

"It is striking that our results show that 84 per cent of Canadians say that employers are responsible for supporting their employees' physical health and that 86 per cent feel the same way when asked about psychological health," said Kevin Dougherty, president of Sun Life Financial Canada.

When the results are broken down by age group, almost two out of five Gen Y respondents (ages 18-30) believe their employer has a significant responsibility for their employees' physical health (38 per cent), as well as for their psychological health (37 per cent). These results are higher than among any other age group.

This year’s survey also found that there is a clear relationship between health and employee productivity among those surveyed. More than one-third (35 per cent) say their productivity at work has been negatively affected by their physical or mental health in the last six months.

Gen Y respondents were most likely to report that experience: 47 per cent said their health had negatively impacted their work productivity in the last six months, compared with 30 per cent of Late Boomers (ages 48-57) and 26 per cent of Early Boomers (58-66).

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