August 2016

businesshealth® e-news
August 2016 vol. 12-4

In This Issue

Millennials – Reshaping the Workplace - Who am I? I am well-educated, about to get a master’s degree in political science after eight years of post-secondary school studies in photography, the humanities and philosophy, including a year in Belgium. I have more than $46,000 in student debt. Over the years, I have held about 33 jobs. I am also co-founder of two companies. Someday, I want to have a minimal lifestyle without feeling anxious about money and a family. I also want to be part of something bigger than myself. I am 28 years old. I am a millennial. Read More »
Dads at Work – What’s Changed? - Are dads at work different today? To find out, and celebrate its 50th anniversary, Canada’s Vanier Institute of the Family, created a timeline that looked back on a half century of men, work and family life in Canada. The changes they found beg several questions, “How has the workplace changed?” “Are today’s dads satisfied with their work-life balance?” “Will millennials insist on a transformation of workplace benefits to accommodate a new vision of fatherhood at home and at work?” Read More »
Multiple Sclerosis - What’s Different about MS at Work? - Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, progressive disease that affects the central nervous system. It causes mild to severe disability and, over time, leads to increasing loss of physical and cognitive functions. Canada has the highest prevalence of MS in the world. Since MS usually strikes between 15-40 years of age, it affects individuals during their working life. Overall, the cost of MS, including the cost of lost productivity, is estimated at between $260 million and $2.8 billion, depending on calculations. By any account, MS is an economic burden for individuals with MS as well as Canadian employers, a burden that might be eased through measures that address the distinctive characteristics of MS.  Read More »
What Sanofi Says about Chronic Health Conditions at Work - The 2016 Sanofi Canada Healthcare Survey has a lot to say about chronic health conditions at work, including the finding that 59% - more than half of members – have at least one chronic disease, and that employers not only “significantly underestimate” the incidence of chronic conditions among their own employees but also say they would like to understand them better. Clearly, employers have knowledge gaps, gaps that grow in importance with the finding of a correlation between understanding the impact of chronic disease and supporting productivity. Read More »
Suicide and the Workplace: Prevention, Intervention and Postvention - Today in Canada approximately 11 people will end their lives by suicide – so begins a definition of suicide offered by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP). Many of those people are likely to be working-aged men and women, one of the highest risk groups for suicide in Canada. The effects at work can be profound and yet, at every turn, the workplace has the potential to alter the suicide trajectory. It can play a significant role in prevention through efforts to increase awareness and help employees maintain positive mental health. It can intervene with tools to identify and help employees at risk of suicide or experiencing suicide thoughts. Finally, through postvention, what happens at work can help people heal who have attempted suicide or who are brereaved by the suicide of a fellow employee. A good place to start helping is to recognize this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD), September 10, 2016. Its symbol is a two-toned ribbon in orange and yellow to suggest a candle flame bringing light into darkness.  Read More »
bh Updates - Get the latest bh article updates. In this issue: Mixed News about Organ Donations, Campaigns for Prostate Cancer – Movember Coming Soon! Read More »
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