Québec City, July 16, 2012 –Caisse Desjardins de Limoilou recently became the first Caisse Desjardins to obtain the prestigious Healthy Enterprise – Elite certification (BNQ 9700-800: 2008) from the Bureau de Normalisation du Québec. This standard recognizes an organization’s efforts in the concrete implementation of a health and wellness program for its employees, specifically addressing lifestyle, the work environment, work- life balance and management practices.
In January 2011, the Caisse’s management made an official commitment to the Healthy Enterprise approach. “Management was already convinced of the advantages of this investment, but it was necessary to show all our employees our clear commitment to this approach in order to ensure its success,” commented Robert Desrosiers, General Manager of Caisse de Desjardins de Limoilou. “The Caisse wanted to invest in its employees’ wellness and thus offer a work environment meeting their specific needs. Having employees who are happy at work is priceless!”
To guarantee the success of this internal implementation, the Caisse mandated several key persons to promote its health and wellness program. “We must mention the sustained efforts of the Human Resources team, the members of the Health and Wellness Committee and the Caisse’s executives. Without them, it would have been unthinkable to obtain the Healthy Enterprise – Elite standard. This was real teamwork!”, affirmed human resources advisor Stéphane Leblanc. “We mustn’t forget the work of Raphaël Margotton, organizational development advisor at MEDIAL Conseil Santé Sécurité Inc., who supported us throughout our implementation and helped us obtain our certification quickly.
”Caisse Desjardins de Limoilou’s certification covers the employees at its head office and its service centres. In all, 165 employees are affected by this occupational health and wellness program.
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