Gary Roberts wants corporate Canada to get with the program
Former Toronto Maple Leaf Gary Roberts is throwing down the gloves to corporate Canada, challenging executives to rethink the value of a corporate wellness program.
Video transcripts below:
Reporter: Gary Roberts has inspired a generation of hockey players. Now he’s moved on from being tough guy along the boards to being tough in the boardroom.
How healthy are your clients, how healthy are you? Tired and sick employees costs companies millions each year in lost productivity. Former Toronto Maple Leaf Gary Roberts is throwing down the gloves to corporate Canada, challenging executives to rethink the value of a corporate wellness program.
Gary Roberts, High Performance Centre
Gary Roberts: More of the Canadian companies overall I believe should be doing more for their employees. If I was an employer I would want my employee to be healthy, less sick days, I believe paying attention to your lifestyle choices, your nutrition, your exercise schedule I really do believe that those are big factors in how productive you are on daily basis. So Canadian companies in my opinion should pay more attention to their employees wellness.
Reporter: Career ending injuries cost insurers millions in settlements. But a healthy employee stands a better chance of recovering from an injury and returning to work.
Gary Roberts: At 30 years old, health and fitness became a real big part of my life, I lost my career due to some serious neck injuries and I know today that what I did as far as health and fitness were the reasons I was able to come back and prolong my career an extra 13 years.
Reporter: The benefits of a corporate wellness program reached beyond the boardroom as fat renewed energy touches their professional and personal lives.
Gary Roberts: The executives that have come through here I believe will tell you that they are more productive, they feel better about themselves in both their professional life and their personal lives. I think they feel like they have more energy throughout the day, they can accomplish tasks that are there that day for them and continue to live a healthy lifestyle and pass that on to their family members.