JointHealth™ express   September 25, 2014

Arthritis Consumer Experts Recognizes Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

TELUS, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation and cfactor Works recognized for best arthritis practices in the workplace.

The results are in. Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) today announced the three companies awarded Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis for their efforts to make the work environments great for everyone, including employees living with arthritis.

Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, the following companies stand out for best practices that take into account the unique concerns of employees living with the most common chronic disease in the workplace – arthritis:
  • Large workplace - TELUS
  • Medium workplace - Agricultural Financial Services Corporation
  • Small workplace - cfactor Works
Commenting on the arthritis in the workplace award, ACE President, Cheryl Koehn said: “As we hoped, the application process delivered insights to further strengthen Canadian companies' approaches to creating a more productive and arthritis sensitive workplace. During our exchanges with employees and employers, we also created opportunities for companies to assess their awareness of arthritis and support systems for employees living with the disease.”

Employees living with arthritis and working for one of the three award-winning companies commented in their submissions that their employers assisted them by providing a comfortable, adaptable work environment - whether from 9-5 or late at night; in the office or at home.

Managers at the three companies noted that the positive return for offering progressive health and wellness programs included improved employee health and morale, health care cost control, increased productivity, and absenteeism/presenteeism reduction. Managers at TELUS, Agricultural Financial Services Corporation and cfactor Works also spoke about how nurturing a culture of well-being had broader motivations, including low turnover rates, attraction of top candidates, job satisfaction, and recruitment and retention of workers.

“At TELUS, we value all of our team members and respect that regardless of their diversity or abilities they should be treated with dignity and respect. This award confirms that we are upholding best practices in enabling mobility and flexibility for employees living with arthritis and providing a comprehensive approach to mental and physical well-being.” - Donna McNicol, SVP Community Investment & Wellness Strategy, TELUS

In the inaugural year of the program, recognizing the best arthritis practices of leading companies throughout Canada, ACE received 72 submissions, representing a total employee population of approximately 140,000. Based on those written submissions and interviews with employers and employees of nominated companies, ACE partnered with its scientific partner, the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), and evaluated nominations using three criteria areas: Organizational Benefits, Physical Workplace and Employee Education. For more information on the award, please visit: