Employee needs are evolving quickly: What we learned during the first Wello Health Lab

Employee needs are evolving, and odds are, your workplace needs to catch up. 

Workplace absenteeism is costing the Canadian economy $16.6 billion annually. Every week 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental illness. Employee retention is quickly becoming the dominant challenge for HR departments. On average, Millennials and Gen Z remain in a job role for less than three years.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Companies who embrace change and innovation can become industry leaders and create workplaces where employees feel engaged, invested and valued. 

With that in mind, we launched the Wello Health Lab Series, a thought-provoking speaker series geared towards innovative company leaders, human resource professionals and benefits consultants. On May 24, we hosted our very first Wello Health Lab with support from our friends at Calgary Total Rewards Network.

Featuring our President & CEO, Vince Danielsen, alongside Ashley Spetch, Ph.D., of Homewood Health, and Arthur Kennedy, of WorldCare International, we explored leading-edge research on employee mental health and telemedicine and challenged ourselves to think differently about how we approach employee benefits. 

Here’s what we learned…

Creating a culture that supports the health and happiness of its employees generates return on investment in the form of increased productivity.” – Ashley Spetch, Ph.D.

Canadians are looking for convenient and seamless bundling of best-in-class benefits that can elevate their quality of life.” – Arthur Kennedy

Telemedicine is changing how we offer employee benefits. Benefits packages need to become hyper-personalized to reflect the needs of a diverse workforce. They should also reflect company culture and values.” – Vince Danielsen

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We’re excited to expand on this first event and start planning the next Wello Health Lab Series. Thank you all who attended.

Interested in attending the next Wello Health Lab and learning more about how telemedicine is improving workplace wellness? Contact communications@wello.ca for more information.