Part of creating a welcoming and positive work environment includes
building a wellness plan that supports everyone in your
organization—regardless of needs, conditions or abilities. It’s a
crucial factor in fostering workplace culture.
As an organization dedicated to supporting individuals living with
chronic conditions, we understand the importance of health plans
tailored to individual needs. That’s why we take a holistic approach
to corporate wellness.
Holistic wellness is a practice, which starts with integrating
choices around a prevention strategy. It’s not something that can be
bought, or applied in the short term. Exercise, health care needs,
sound nutrition and mindfulness must be considered together for
holistic wellness to thrive. It’s about finding a cadence between all
four elements. It’s an ongoing commitment to total health.
Wellness programs that focus too heavily on physical activity may
not be accessible to all; a holistic program is practiced all year
around, and takes all aspects of health and ability into
consideration. For an individual living with obesity, for example,
resources to counter experiences like stigma can
also be crucial to total wellness. Tools to support emotional wellness
can come in the form of online apps, meditation or therapy and other
The success of a wellness plan depends on identifying a few key
priorities and framing them into tangible goals. Wellness should be
individually scaled, but there is also great value in communal
activities that can help many people reach specific goals. For
example, organizations can use exercise as a focus that brings people
together. It creates small wins and steady motivation that shows
people that bigger achievements are within reach.
At Novo Nordisk Canada, we extend this philosophy into the
community, too. As part of our Triple
Bottom Line commitment to social betterment, each year we host
Nordisk® "Hazel" 5KM Run/Walk.
The 2019 Run/Walk results and participation were outstanding. In
preparation for the event, Novo Nordisk Canada’s run club and fitness
program encouraged new participants. Leading up to the race, the
program inspired employees to work harder than they would have alone.
What you don’t see from the run finishing times are the countless
hours of training. Each finishing time is the result of team effort,
weeks in the making.
To help grow our culture of physical activity, we use our fitness
facility at head office and we also use digital strategies to reach
employees virtually, to train together or independently in an
exclusive live-biofeedback coaching environment.
Outside of head office, our district teams in Quebec track their
exercise weekly. They collaborate based on distance, time and wellness
goals. This helps to economize their time and get active across
varying schedules and ability levels. Following the success of this
initiative, we hope to expand this platform to our west coast teams,
to head office and to eastern Canada. This broad-reaching involvement
is possible not only because of new software programs, but the driving
interest towards celebrating exercise as a part of our corporate culture.
Whether it’s a new personal best, access to additional mindfulness
tools, coverage for medical treatments, or all of the above, holistic
wellness plans support employees in achieving good health in all
aspects of their lives. In order continue putting patients
first in all our work, we know our employees’ health must come
first, too. That’s why we’re taking strides every day to walk, run and
talk our way to better health for all.