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Nestlé Canada recognized for EAP strategy

Published by: LifeWorks,

Nestlé Canada was this week recognized for innovation and the impact of its EAP in the workplace. Nestlé expanded its focus on the physical safety of its employees to an integrated EAP strategy that prioritized both mental and physical well-being in and out of the workplace. They also focused on improving financial health, with the goal of helping to reduce personal debt ratios of Canadians, who carry high debt.

“Focusing on the mental, physical and financial health of our employees has demonstrably improved the well-being of our EAP users,” said Alastair MacDonald, senior vice president of human resources at Nestlé Canada. “Absenteeism is down by more than half, and more than three-quarters of our EAP users report higher resiliency to job stressors. More importantly, we’re seeing an increase in our EAP usage, meaning improved health, well-being and productivity for more of our people.”

Nestlé Canada won the 15th Annual Corporate Award of Excellence, awarded by the Employee Assistance Society of North America (EASNA) at a ceremony in New Orleans.

Rita Fridella, president of LifeWorks and executive vice president of Morneau Shepell, was also recognized at the event, winning the 5th Annual Leadership Award for her 30+ year commitment to growth and innovation in the EAP industry. Fridella advocates for more prevention-based models of care to transform employee assistance programs, building on traditional clinical treatment options with digital total well-being solutions that can support the entire global workforce. She has been instrumental in bringing digital EAP support to the forefront to improve outcomes, productivity and well-being for clients and their employees.

“The most important thing we can do in our industry is find new ways to reach more people and support their total health and well-being in ways that are meaningful to them. This award is an inspiration for us all at Morneau Shepell to keep moving in this direction with the needs of our clients and their employees as our guide,” Fridella said.

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