August 2015

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August 2015 vol. 11-4

In This Issue

Plaid for Dad - An Innovative Workplace Campaign - The inaugural Plaid for Dad campaign took place in the lead up to Father’s Day on Friday June 19th, 2015, a time when the focus was already on men and their families. During the campaign, Canadian workplaces joined forces to protect men from prostate cancer - the most common cancer affecting men. The messages cited above were sent to all Plaid for Dad Workplace Captains well in advance and are just one example of the many supports PCC provided to organizations that participated in its innovative campaign. PCC's goals are serious: raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer - a donation of $8 was suggested in recognition of the 1 in 8 men who will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Read More »
Feature Interview! Depression at Work with Dr Ash Bender - A Three-Part Series - The cost of mental illness is high. In 2003, mental disorders in Canada cost an estimated $51 billion, not including the cost of prescription medications. Disability related to psychiatric disorders cost twice the average of all causes ($18,000 vs. $9,027). Of all mental disorders, depression is the most impactful. Seven out of 10 Canadians with depression are in the workforce. For all of these reasons insight from an bh feature interview with Dr. Ash Bender is likely to have specific relevance to your organization. Dr. Bender specializes in workplace mental health issues. He is Consultant Psychiatrist - Work, Stress and Health at the Centre for Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, and Cofounder - Workplace Insight Ltd, a training company.  Read More »
The Gender Gap - Why Care? - Is there a gender gap where you work and if there is, should you care? Women make up roughly 50% of the Canadian population. That means that give or take a few percentage points in specific cases, they make up half of all potential employees and half of all consumers. These are facts of significance and yet, in 2015, we are still tracking a "gender gap." A report released in July by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) compared gaps between men and women in 25 of Canada's biggest cities. Researchers looked at five areas: economic security, leadership, health, personal security, and education. Earlier. the World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report 2014 ranked 142 countries, including Canada, on similar measures. In both studies, findings confirm gaps and show employers where they can act to increase gender equality and in so doing, increase productivity and potential economic activity. Read More »
Obesity: A Foe Worthy of Our Attention at Work - Here's a question. Of the top three global social burdens, which costs society more: smoking, obesity or war - including armed violence and terrorism? While you are thinking about your answer, consider the recent estimate that 2.1 billion people or close to 30% of the global population today are either overweight or obese. By 2030, it is expected that almost half of the world's population will be overweight or obese. What do these findings, published in a 2014 report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), have to do with the workplace, and in particular, a workplace in Canada? Read on. Read More »
Creative Sentencing - When does the punishment fit the crime? - Employee health and safety are critical - often life-threatening - issues. What should happen, therefore, when regulations are violated and policies and procedures are not followed or, worse, are non-existent? Typically, aside from criminal convictions against specific individuals, courts sentence guilty companies to pay fines, often very large fines. In many cases, especially when companies are large, such fines seem inconsequential, both to the public and to those affected by the violations. Often, they are dismissed as little more than "a slap on the wrist." This June, however, a Nova Scotia court did something different: it imposed a creative sentence. Read More »
bh Updates - Get the latest bh article updates. In this issue: Weed at Work, Sick Notes - When Doctors Spread Infection Read More »
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