Health, Safety and Well-Being
The health, safety and well-being of our workforce is important to us. Health and wellness promotes employee satisfaction, enhances our appeal as an employer, and ensures we attract and retain motivated and productive people.
As a company with major holdings in the life insurance business, we are especially sensitive to the day-to-day stressors our employees experience in both their personal and professional lives. We are committed to creating a workplace that allows people to perform and develop in a safe and healthy environment. We believe our employees must have the necessary support to reduce their stress at work and at home, and to improve their health and personal performance.
Health, Safety and Well-Being
Health Assistance and Support
Access to an Employee and Family Assistance Program. This program provides support and assistance to employees and their families facing sensitive issues related to work, health and life including: workplace challenges, nutrition and health, physical health, addiction concerns, stress, depression and anxiety, family and parenting, relationships, and other situations.
Access to the Best Doctors Program, which provides our employees with a free and confidential access to a global database of 50,000 peer-ranked medical specialists who can help understand medical conditions and treatment options.
Access to Dialogue, a front-line telemedicine service that operates through a mobile app and gives our employees direct and confidential access to health specialists via an online platform or a phone and/or video call, as needed.
Employer paid life insurance, short-term and long-term disability, medical, vision, and dental care coverage for its employees and retirees.
Access to on-site flu vaccinations.
Wellness Programs and Incentives
Subsidized fitness memberships are provided to employees.
We ensure our building meets all requirements related to occupational health, including ergonomic considerations.
Highlights from our Group Companies
Nurturing Healthy Lifestyles
Great-West Life has various initiatives in place to address mental health matters amongst its employee base:
Great-West Life’s Wellness Services unit, which includes teams of nurses and support staff in Winnipeg, London, Regina and Toronto, provides physical care such as immunizations and screening programs, wellness education and counselling to employees and carries out ergonomic assessments and accommodations. The nurses also provide information, resources and advice on occupational health and safety issues.
A key activity that took place across its offices in 2017 was the Investing in Your Mental Wealth Challenge, which attracted wide participation. Aiming to enhance resiliency and mental wellness, the challenge focused on key influencers of mental health, such as cultivating relationships and setting achievable goals for yourself.
In 2017, the company participated once again in the Mental Health Week, held the first week of May as part of the Not Myself Today initiative, during which they provided resources to help employees learn about issues from stress management to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.
In addition, the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace (the Centre) was established as a commitment to the mental well-being of Canadians. In 2017, the Centre celebrated 10 years of encouraging awareness and knowledge of workplace psychological health and safety. Aligning with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, the Centre provides organizations with free resources and approaches to respond to mental health issues at work.
IGM Financial’s three operating companies conduct regular confidential employee surveys which include many factors related to workplace psychological health and safety. The results from these surveys help guide enhancements to workplace programs. The companies provide their employees training, programs and regular communications to build tools to manage stress at work and at home, and to improve their health and personal performance. Confidential employee assistance programs, as well as short- and long-term disability programs, are also offered.
In 2017, Investors Group continued to build upon its enhanced wellness program, which focuses on four pillars: physical, mental, social, and financial wellness. Throughout the year, employees are offered training and resources to help them in all four areas. An employee-led Wellness Committee actively promotes and encourages healthy living for employees by providing support for wellness initiatives. For example, a weekly running club is a current initiative and in 2017, the committee hosted a 10-week fitness challenge and a “Motionball” activity day in support of Special Olympics.
Power Financial also invests in other businesses that promote health and wellness. For instance, Dialogue, a technology start-up we invest in through Portag3 and Diagram, offers to its customers’ employees an online access to healthcare professionals who can provide virtual consultations, diagnoses and treatment plans. Dialogue helps employees to better manage their physical and mental health, while contributing to employers’ efforts to reduce their overall healthcare costs and absenteeism.
As outlined in its Safety and Health Charter, Imerys considers safety and health as core values for all of its operations, regardless of where an operation is located in the world or what role an employee or contractor performs. Imerys has implemented a number of programs to provide the operations with tools and training for continuous, long-term improvement of workplace safety. Training and awareness on the safety and health system are achieved through various communication and training tools that include Safety Summits, Imerys Safety University, web seminars, a digital learning path, which covers Imerys Safety System and key programs amongst other topics, safety toolbox meetings and the Group Welcome Sessions for new managers.
In 2017 :
A new safety awareness endeavour was launched in 2017 : the first Imerys Safety Connect Day focused on safe mobile equipment and pedestrian interactions and earmarked the launch of a powerful film narrated by the group Chairman and Chief Executive Office entitled “Hidden Dangers”.
The EHS Audit Team conducted approximately 30 comprehensive onsite EHS compliance audits across the group.
A new Contractor Safety Management initiative was launched, which outlines a common and systematic approach for the selection, monitoring and continuous improvement of the health and safety performance of contractors and sub-contractors.
Hours of training on environmental, health and safety increased by 19 per cent between 2016 and 2017.