Creating a safe, healthy and supportive workplace isn’t just good for your workers — it’s also good for your business.
“The health of your workers is tied to the health of your business,” says Jade Reeve, a manager with the Canadian Agricultural Human Resources Council (CAHRC), an Ottawa-based non-profit organization focused on addressing human resource issues in agriculture. “HR practices that improve the well-being of your workers will improve business performance as well,” she says.
While supporting employee health and wellness is a worthy goal on its own, there are also returns to the farm business, agrees Adelle Stewart, director of operations at Saskatoon health and wellness consulting firm, Bridges Health. These can include improved employee engagement, better productivity, reduced absenteeism, reduced presenteeism (working while sick), and fewer long-term disability claims.