Fall 2005

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Fall 2005 vol. 1-4
Issue At A Glance
  • Healthy Workplaces Begin with Satisfied Employees
  • Presenteeism: Making its Presence Felt
  • Mixing Dollars and Sense: How Canada Finances Health Care
  • Pandemic Flu - Taking a Shot at Business

In This Issue

Healthy Workplaces Begin with Satisfied Employees - This year-long study of 303 Swedish government employees was interesting because it combined and correlated results from an employee satisfaction survey, biological markers, and hard organizational data on absence and productivity. Those studied were typical of their co-workers; mostly (78%) women, and older, with 61% over age 44. Read More »
Mixing Dollars and Sense: How Canada Finances Health Care - There are three truths about health care: it’s expensive, it looms large in Canada’s self-image, and it is an emotional mine?eld. Since 1997, the private sector has funded about 30% of our health services, with out-of-pocket expenses outweighing the contribution of private insurance. Read More »
Pandemic Flu - Taking a Shot at Business - Most experts now firmly believe an avian flu pandemic will occur – only the timing is uncertain. Such an event will be very different from seasonal influenza, for which there are vaccinations and drug treatments which provide partial protection. Read More »
Presenteeism: Making its Presence Felt - In 1999, presenteeism surfaced in health research as a signi?cant uncalculated cost to business. Presenteeism is de?ned as productivity loss occurring when people function at work below their potential due to poor health. US research published in 2003 suggests presenteeism due to pain and depression costs business three times more than absence. Read More »
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