Cossette taking proactive approach to wellness offerings

Cossette Inc. introduced webinars and information sessions around mental health and wellness in October.

The offerings, which were provided through the communications company’s employee assistance program, are part of its focus on preventative health, according to Yee Makowich, vice-president of talent. With six offices across Canada, each office features its own wellness initiatives, in addition to a company-wide employee assistance program, flexible benefits plan, wellness spending account and access to a virtual health-care platform.

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“For instance we bring in speakers. In some of our other offices, we have things like yoga days, massages in the office. All of our offices offer fruit onsite for employees,” says Makowich, noting some offices also offer guided meditation.

Cossette also hosts a wellness week twice a year, bringing in smoothies, onsite massages and speakers to present to employees. It’s a focused week of trying to get workers to create healthy habits, says Makowich.

As it looks ahead to its 2019 wellness planning, the company is considering introducing an app-based therapy platform. As well, it will continue to modernize its benefits offering with a focus on preventative care rather than reactive.

“We probably will do more wellness sessions, proactive sessions. We do some gaming things like healthy active challenges in the department groups. So we’ll probably do more of those as well as we look into 2019 initiatives,” says Makowich.

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