A 1987 Fitness Canada Publication notes that if a fitness program prevents just one heart attack of a key staff member, that alone will pay for the cost of the program for the whole year (Sharratt, 1988).
Effective asthma management reduces days hospitalized by 77%. This affects workplace productivity whether an employer's health costs are publicly or privately insured (Pratt, 2001).
MDS Nordion's comprehensive workplace program helped to reduce absenteeism from 5.5 to four days annually and cut turnover to half the industry average (Lowe, 2002).
The Canadian Wheat Board has an annual sick rate of 3.8 days/year at a time when Statistics Canada was reporting the average to be 6.2 days as a result of their wellness program which is now over 20 years old (Davie, 2000).
WCB premiums at Rideau Construction have fallen from $6.12/$1,000 of payroll to $5.00 since focusing on human resource management. Plus no employee has ever filed a claim with the board (DiGiacomo, 2002).