More than a third of Canadians prioritize health and wellness benefits when choosing an employer

More than a third of Canadians prioritize health and wellness benefits when choosing an employer

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LifeWorks, a leading provider of digital and in-person total wellness solutions backed by TELUS Health, today released its monthly Mental Health Index™ revealing that health benefits and services and well-being, flexibility and type of work are the most important factors for Canadian workers when choosing an employer.

The index revealed that Canadian workers are under increasing pressure with an unfavorable mental health score.

  • The Mental Health Index™ score for October 2022 is 64.9 percent points, down slightly from September. This marks four months since the improvement.

Canadian workers consider many factors when choosing an employer, with well-being at the forefront

  • Thirty-four percent of Canadians say health and wellness benefits and services are the most important factor when choosing an employer. In comparison, 28% cite flexibility and 18% cite the type of work as the most important factor.

  • Canadians also cite an organization’s reputation for a positive workplace culture (14%), diversity and inclusion (2%) and socially responsible practices (2%) as the most important factors when choice of an employer.

The mental health, productivity and performance of Canadian workers are linked to the support, consideration and compassion seen in their manager

  • On a scale of one (low human) to five (high human), fifteen percent of Canadians give their managers one or two ratings. Mental health scores for these groups are more than nine points lower than the national average.

  • People who rate their manager as highly human are more likely to report that they care about their work and aim to exceed expectations, compared to those who rate their manager as weakly human.

  • Individuals who rate their manager as weakly human have productivity scores twice as low as those who rate their manager as highly human.

Comments from TELUS Health Chief Operating Officer Michael Dingle

The importance of health and welfare benefits and services is very clear. We know that they have a significant impact on the lives of employees, and in this data we see that they have a significant impact on where one wants to work. Canadians consider their personal needs, beyond direct compensation, when exploring new job opportunities. It is important that employers recognize this as a priority and consider a holistic approach to the benefits they offer employees. Prioritizing health and well-being has never been more essential to attracting and retaining talent. »

Comments from LifeWorks Global Leader and Senior Vice President, Research and Total Wellness, Paula Allen

We know that managers play an essential role in the productivity of their teams. Their influence is not simply linked to the strategy and organization of work, but rather to the way they manifest themselves to their teams. When managers lead with empathy, employees feel motivated and able to perform at their best. This empathy must include both concern for the well-being of employees and concern for their work-related needs. The positive impact of this on employee well-being, engagement and productivity grows over time.

The full report of the Canadian LifeWorks™ Mental Health Index can be viewed here. This month’s report includes additional information on the factors that encourage Canadians to try harder at work, the impacts of Canadians caring about their work, how key leadership traits, including autonomy and charisma, affect the mental health, job performance and productivity of Canadian workers. and more.

LifeWorks is a wholly owned subsidiary of TELUS which is now part of TELUS Health following its recent acquisition.

About the Mental Health Index™

LifeWorks’ monthly survey was conducted via an online survey in English and French from October 4-12, 2022 with 3,000 respondents in Canada. All respondents reside in Canada and have worked in the past six months. The data was statistically weighted to ensure that the regional and gender composition of the sample reflects this population. The Mental Health Index™ is published monthly from April 2020.

The Mental Health Index™ is based on an answer scoring system which then turns individual answers into points. Higher point values ​​are associated with better mental health and lower mental health risk. Scores between 0 and 49 correspond to levels of distress, scores between 50 to 79 correspond to levels of tension, and scores between 80 to 100 correspond to optimal levels of mental health.

About TELUS Health

TELUS Health is a global healthcare company serving people in more than 160 countries, delivering both digital innovations and clinical services to improve physical, mental and financial health and well-being across the world. spectrum of primary and preventive care. By leveraging the power of technology to deliver connected solutions and services in person and virtually, TELUS Health is improving access to care and revolutionizing the flow of information while facilitating collaboration, efficiency and productivity. for physicians, pharmacists, health authorities, allied health professionals, insurers, employers and people around the world, advancing its vision to transform healthcare and empower people to live healthier lives.

Our clinical team is made up of renowned and passionate healthcare professionals from around the world, delivering the best people-centered care to hundreds of thousands of employers, professionals and their families.

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