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Spicing up your Wellness Recipe

by The Sandbox Staff | November 15 2018

Fostering wellness in any workplace is a complicated mix, isn’t it? As a wellness champ, you’re likely to know this as well as anyone—workplace wellness requires a complex and, at times, confounding mix of ingredients, one that aims to accommodate a whole range of tastes and is ultimately something more than the sum of its parts. The good news is that every head chef needs a sous chef and we’ve got our (large) hats on to help!

A Recipe Fit for Finances

While it’s true that focusing too much on any one ingredient isn’t exactly a—dare we say it?—recipe for wellness success, we thought Financial Literacy Month would be the perfect time to make an exception. Financial wellness is one of eight key Dimensions of Wellness and it’s certainly one we’re all familiar with, given how prominent finances are in our lives, the impact that financial stress can have on our overall well-being and the potential trickle-down impact it can have on our workplaces.

At the, ahem, whisk of overdoing this little cooking motif we’ve got going on here (sorry), here are a few resources you can rely on if you’re looking to stir up some financial wellness in your workplace:

  • The Government of Canada’s workplace financial literacy page offers helpful information and resources for integrating financial literacy into your workplace wellness strategy. Their financial literacy blog is also a great place if you’re looking for sharable, useful content on the subject.    
  • Through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, you’ll find a whole host of financial education and retirement security resources, from news and research to a full-blown financial fitness toolkit that features helpful tips you can share with your colleagues.
  • The Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada offers a comprehensive financial literacy program that includes resources and money management worksheets you can share with your colleagues. There’s even financial literacy sessions you can request for your workplace.
  • And, if you have ASEBP benefits, don’t forget about your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)—a key resource you can direct your colleagues to if they’re looking for some financial coaching! Financial counselling is just one of the many services available through this free, confidential and 24/7 service.

Promoting financial literacy among your colleagues is a great way to get your workplace wellness strategy simmering—this is the last one, we promise—and with these resources you’ll be all set to start.

The Sandbox Staff

A varied and, frankly, dodgy bunch, The Sandbox Staff are a collection of superheroes tremendously fascinated by health and wellness, sand and boxes (not necessarily in that order).