Spring / Summer 2009

businesshealth® newsletter
Spring / Summer 2009 vol. 5-2
Editorial
An Eye to the Future
 
View from the Top
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business
 
Bottom Line
Making it Easy
 
Doctor On Call
A View on Smoking, by Dr. David Wolkoff
 
Disease Management
Where there’s smoke...there’s lost productivity
 

In This Issue

A View on Smoking, by Dr. David Wolkoff - Although the effects of smoking have been blunted by a generation of science, legislation, and changed social norms, it remains a serious challenge. Nicotine is extremely addictive, and smoking behaviours are very hard to change especially when started at a very early age and repeated many times a day.  Read More »
An Eye to the Future - Jim Bishop, an American journalist and writer, said back in 1961: “It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past.” This pretty much sums up human resources management in these turbulent times. Business leaders are caught in a time warp tension. They must deal with the immediacy of cash flow, costs, work orders, and staffing, while ensuring they don’t cut too quickly or deeply, and therefore sabotage their longer term future. Read More »
Making it Easy - Executive sponsorship of workplace health strategy and programming is seen as key to its success. Normally, a human resources executive gets the nod. But at Staples Canada Inc., the first program leader was the vice president of information systems, and the incumbent volunteer is a lawyer. Read More »
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business - The CFIB represents the issues and concerns of small and medium-sized businesses across Canada. Currently, there are five major themes that consume the CFIB’s 105,000 members. Most of these rarely change over time. Particularly while under siege by today’s economy, most speak to the perceived value of services from their tax dollars, and the responsiveness of government to their concerns. Read More »
Where there’s smoke...there’s lost productivity - It may surprise you to learn that Canadian tobacco manufacturers sold an astounding 17.5 billion cigarettes in 2008, according to Statistics Canada. Even though Canada has one of the lowest rates of adult smoking in the world, it is clear there is still a long way to go to before tobacco does no harm. Almost one in 5 Canadians aged 15 or older continue to smoke. On average, those who smoke daily consume about 15 cigarettes each day, or almost 5,500 cigarettes annually. Read More »
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