For years, Sun Life has been investing in employee wellness. We believe it’s an investment that pays off. Employee wellness underpins our ability to deliver excellent service to Clients and to attract and retain top talent. It also supports our high-performance culture. The COVID-19 pandemic reinforced the importance of our wellness programs to Sun Life’s resilience. That’s especially true for programs focusing on financial and mental health.
We help our Clients achieve lifetime financial security and live healthier lives. We want the same for our employees. Through our Global Wellness Strategy, we aim to drive a culture of health and well-being for employees worldwide. In line with Sun Life’s Purpose, the global strategy centres on three pillars – mental, physical and financial wellness. All these elements of wellness are connected and contribute to an employee’s overall health. For example, improving mental health can improve physical health.
The design of our wellness programs varies by region, recognizing local needs, Sun Life products and priorities. Employee input at each location helps us determine specific health topics of interest in each area. Where possible, we offer flexibility to allow employees to choose programs that meet their unique circumstances.
Sun Life promotes and supports mental health at work and beyond. We focus on prevention, managing illnesses and fostering positive outcomes.
Our global mental wellness offerings include:
Regional mental wellness offerings include:
We promote key aspects of physical wellness, including by providing a safe work environment and by encouraging employees to maintain a healthy lifestyle (for example, through physical activity, good nutrition and proper rest).
In addition, we encourage healthy lifestyles through internal fitness campaigns, health incentives and educational resources as well as facilitating access to dietitians and health coaches in some regions.
In terms of physical workplace safety, we continue to drive a range of safety activities to prevent accidents and reduce the risk of injury. These practices include:
Sun Life has more than 780 safety ambassadors who serve as the go-to people for safety resources and awareness-building within their region.
Sun Life also supports and encourages the financial well-being of our workforce. We recognize that financially healthy employees are happier, healthier and more productive. Here are some ways we help employees achieve better financial health:
We have established key performance indicators to evaluate employee wellness and the effectiveness of Sun Life’s wellness efforts. These indicators include:
We also review wellness trends and benchmark ourselves against industry metrics. This information helps to ensure our wellness plans are competitive and address the needs of current and prospective employees.
We share success stories and best practices across Sun Life to drive continuous improvement in our wellness strategies.