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Wellness That Works!

Building Healthy & Happy Workplaces

Wellness is an engaged process of becoming connected and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

“...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
— - The World Health Organization

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to living a higher quality life. Wellness really does matter.  Wellness in the workplace is important because most spend at least 9 hours of their day at work. Everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being.  In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions at home and at WORK. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness, ensure positive interactions, remain productive and most of all happy.


Did you know?...

Canada currently ranks 4th in the world for employee turnover, above the United States by 3%. 1

Out of the 16% turnover, 36% say it is due to work environment and culture and 34% say it’s benefits. 2

On average it costs a company in Canada 150% of a mid-level employees salary to replace them and 400% of a high-level employee to replace.  3

The statistics show that 1 out of 5 high performers are actively looking for jobs and 37% of mid-level employees are actively looking.  3

Canadian companies lose an estimated $16.6 billion in productivity per year due to workers calling in sick (mostly due to stress).  

49% of employees want more focus on health & wellness.  

The average annual cost of providing benefits is $7,061 per full-time employee. Annual costs per employee are higher in the public sector at $7,498 than in the private sector at $6,922. For a typical employer, this translates into spending of just over 10 per cent of gross annual payroll.  The 2nd highest paid out to employees out of this total cost is extended health care. 4

In a recent meta-analysis of the literature on costs and savings associated with wellness programs, researchers from Harvard University found that medical costs fall by about $3.27 for every dollar spent on wellness programs and that absenteeism costs fall by about $2.73 for every dollar spent. 5

“Many of the factors driving the upward momentum for higher medical costs are ones that individuals can change when the appropriate support and programs are available. Employers can play a key role by motivating individuals and their families to take a more active role in managing their health, including participating in health and wellness activities and better managing chronic conditions that frequently drive higher costs for treatments.”
— - Tim Nimmer, Chief Health Care Actuary at Aon Hewitt

Remedies to Increase ROI

  1. Use a program to allows all employees to benefit from what you are offering not just those who like to workout.

  2. Take a “whole Person” approach to your wellness program.  Be compassionate to the needs of employees without making them feeling more stressed over their health and jobs.  The program should take in to account how all employees are at different levels in their health and knowledge of. They all have different personal lives and stressors.  

  3. Focus on wellness as a whole; mind and body.  This approach will help decrease:

  • Extended health care costs like, Prescription drugs (highest cost), physio, chiropractic and mental health support.

  • Absenteeism/sick days.

  • Short term disability claims.

  • Staff turnover (largest company expense)

The return on investment when implementing a well rounded Wellness program:

  1. Increase in productivity

  2. Improved workplace culture.

  3. Employee happiness

  4. Retention

  5. Pride in their jobs

  6. Loyalty.


More Workplace Wellness Stats

  1. 61% of employees are burned out on the job. (CareerBuilder)

  2. The top five stress symptoms causing missed work days are constant fatigue (29%); sleeplessness (26%); aches and pains (24%); high anxiety (23%) and weight gain (18%). (CareerBuilder)

  3. Stress-related absences cost Canadian employers about $3.5 billion each year. (Workplace Safety & Prevention Services)

  4. Six in ten Canadians believe “their employer has some responsibility in ensuring their good health.” (Buffett National Wellness Survey)

  5. 53% of organizations want to create a culture that promotes health and wellness. Currently, 60% of organizations offer wellness programs. (SHRM)

  6. 84% of companies say they now have financial security programs — such as access to budgeting resources, debt management tools, or student loan counselling — as part of their well-being strategies. (Fidelity)

  7. 82% of wellness programs cover volunteer opportunities, and 66% include community engagement. (AJG)

  8. 53% of employees would participate in an exercise program through their workplace to help lower their health insurance cost. (Aflac)

  9. 61% of employees agree that they’ve made healthier lifestyle choices because of their company’s wellness program. (Aflac)

  10. 38% of wellness program participants said it helped them take fewer sick days. (HealthMine)

  11. 62% of workplace wellness program participants said it helped them lower their healthcare costs. (HealthMine)

  12. 91% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts say they feel motivated to do their best. (American Psychological Association)

  13. 78% of the businesses say employee well-being is a critical part of their business plans. (Virgin Pulse)

  14. Organizations with highly effective health and productivity programs report 11% higher revenue per employee, 1.8 fewer days absent per employee per year, and 28% greater shareholder returns. (Buffett National Wellness Survey)

  15. The main goals of company wellness programs are reducing health costs (60%), investing in culture (43%), and improving employee experience and satisfaction (37%). (AJG)

  16. Of employers offering wellness programs, 67% reported increased employee satisfaction, 66% reported increased productivity, 63% reported increased financial sustainability and growth, and 50% reported decreased absenteeism. (IFEBP)

  17. 54% of benefits professionals cite employee morale as their most improved metric from implementing wellness programs. (HUB)

  18. 74% of employers view well-being as being important for employees and a useful tool for recruiting and retaining staff. (Xerox)

  19. 89% of workers at companies that support well-being efforts are more likely to recommend their company as a good place to work. (American Psychological Association)

  20. Gut health and inflammation are directly related to mental health.  It can diminish the production of serotonin and other neurotransmitters, if not in a healthy state.  This in turn will affect moods and brain function. (UNC Health Talk)

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What we offer:

  1. Lunch & Learns on topics that your employees can learn and implement into their day to day living:

  • Nutrition

  • Hydration

  • Movement (how to create more)

  • Sleep

  • Managing stress

  • Hydration

  • General Wellness

2. Full wellness programs that offer all employees a chance to improve their health. Programs are designed specifically for your employees needs and interests. This gives them the tools to actually improve their health all while keeping the cost per employee down. First step is a extensive survey that gives your employees an opportunity to be apart of creating a program that will fulfill their health and wellness needs.

For more information on the programs we offer click here to book a call.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Carmen Shawn - CHC, NLP, CPT

About Carmen

Carmen Shawn is a HEALTH COACH and CORPORATE WELLNESS COORDINATOR that helps companies create healthy & happy workplaces.

As a NLP practitioner, Carmen has the ability to help others reframe their challenges, let go of limiting beliefs, get rid of poor lifestyle habit and help them create new healthy habits that stick.

Carmen has 13 years experience in managing Health & Fitness programs with The Alliance Fitness Corporation. This included improving Workplace culture, retention and maintaining programs that focused on a whole person approach to health and wellness.


  • Productivity

  • Mental clarity

  • Sleep

  • Reducing stress

  • Moods and thought process

  • Weight-loss

  • Movement

  • Positive mindset

  • retention

28 years experience

  • Certified Health Coach (Health Coach Institute)

  • Certified NLP Practitioner (Association of Integrated Psychology)

  • PN1-  Precision Nutrition Certified Counselor

  • ISSA Certified Personal Trainer

  • OTA Certified Online Personal Trainer

  • Darby Training Systems - Level One Certified (Assessment & exercise, Program Design, Postural Anatomy)

To discuss incorporating a wellness program that goes beyond yearly evaluations and fitness allowances, CLICK HERE to contact Carmen to book a call to see how she can help create a HEALTHY & HAPPY workplace for your company.