Why should a business owner be interested in wellness? People who live healthy lifestyles and are happy at home and at work, get sick less, are absent less and are the most productive at work. This saves money on temporary staffing, staff turnover and benefit plan premiums. According to a related article I recently read:
- The Canadian Economy loses over $16.6 billion every year due to absenteeism.
- Obese Canadian employees have 77% higher drug costs and spend 35% more on health services.
- Mental health addictions account for two-thirds of all disability claims in Canada.
For busy business owners, implementing a wellness program can seem time-consuming and expensive. The reality is launching an effective wellness program is a proactive business decision that can directly affect your bottom line.
One of the most common mistakes businesses make is wanting to be all things to all customers. Just as in life and friendships, you will never be everyone’s “cup of tea.”
That’s okay. It’s more than okay.
Understanding this and attracting your ideal customer is the one way to build loyalty among your clients and provide them with the services and products they need. In personalizing your sales approach you will gain more, not less. Here’s how you can go about doing that:
On Wednesday April 18th, the Kawartha Chamber gathered at Burleigh Falls Inn to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our wonderful volunteers during volunteer appreciation week. Our volunteer committees put in countless hours and do some truly amazing work. From all of us at the Kawartha Chamber, we would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. (more…)
Sometimes Sustainability Is Just another Word for Common Sense
In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce examines the simplicity of implementing sustainability within the workplace and the fiscal outcome of these actions. When a business reduces its environmental impact by making better choices about how it uses energy and materials, some call it sustainability, but the practice has an older name: common sense. (more…)
The Kawartha Chamber hosted a Business Owners Sharing Solutions (BOSS) session in March with a panel of local business owners, who also happen to be recipients of the Chamber’s Young Professional Award of Excellence.
Erin McLean, Lisa Besseling, and Matt Logan, made up the panel and Julia Wood of Peterborough & the Kawarthas Economic Development moderated the discussion. (more…)