Managing Negative Thoughts During a Pandemic During the ongoing pandemic, you might have experienced negative thoughts and feelings about the world around you. Fears and worries about health, financial security, and social isolation have taken a toll on Canadians’ mental health, with 50% of Canadians reporting worsening mental health, 44% reporting feelings of worry, and…

Read more

Mental Health Week: What Has the Past Year Taught Us About Mental Health? One year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people across the globe continue to face serious mental health challenges. Even before the pandemic, Canada was facing a mental health crisis that saw one in five people managing diagnosable health conditions and 1.6 million…

Read more

Managing Disability in the Workplace: Everything You Need to Know “Effective management of disability in the workplace is more important today than ever before. As competitiveness in markets increases, the importance of an engaged and productive workforce becomes essential to an organization’s survival.” The CSA Work Disability Management System Standard, which was published in 2020,…

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Using Technology to Stay Mentally Well in Remote Workplaces Over the past year, many employers have relied on technology to keep their businesses running. Apps, websites, and social media platforms have become a lifeline for brick-and-mortar stores. Video conferencing software has become an essential part of the remote workplace as millions of Canadians continue to…

Read more

COVID Long Hauler Syndrome: Is this a new health condition or a variation of an old health condition reimagined? As of April 5, 2021, there have been over 1 million reported cases of COVID-19 in Canada and over 23,000 deaths and almost 56,000 active cases.  With over 927,000 recovered cases, a large number of Canadians…

Read more

Why Working is Good for Your Health Working not only has many economic and social benefits, but it can be good for your overall health. There are many reasons employees take leave off work: physical and mental disabilities, injuries, pregnancy, family emergencies and many more. Over the past year, millions of Canadians became unemployed due…

Read more

To Sit or to Stand? In 2020, workers spent an average of 4.25 hours of the workday standing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—that’s about 57% of the day standing and 43% sitting. However, the numbers vary drastically by occupation. Workers in food preparation and serving-related roles spent around 97% of their day…

Read more

Why Employee Fatigue Is a Productivity and Safety Concern There’s a good chance you have heard the term “fatigue” more than once in your lifetime, but do you really know what it means to be suffering from fatigue? Fatigue is more than just simply being tired, which results from short-term sleep loss or from short…

Read more

March 15-21 is Brain Awareness Week! Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding of…

Read more

Choose to Challenge for International Women’s Day International Women’s Day (IWD) is March 8th, 2021! This powerful movement was adopted by the United Nations in 1975, and is a day of togetherness, celebration, reflection, and action. IWD helps drive action against gender bias and toward a more gender equal world. According to the Government of…

Read more

Ten Strategies to Deal with Crisis Fatigue Are you experiencing crisis fatigue? Some call it a “mental fog” or “pandemic fatigue.” While not an official clinical disorder at this time, crisis fatigue is a stressful emotional state many people are experiencing as the pandemic wears on. One year later and we are still dealing with…

Read more

Keeping Connected During Crisis and Beyond: Reducing Isolation for Remote Workers A year into a pandemic that saw millions of Canadians shift to remote work, isolation remains one of the top concerns for employees working from home. Without the regular watercooler talks, coffee chats, lunch breaks, and in-person team meetings, many employees who regularly had…

Read more

February 28th is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day! February 29th is International RSI Awareness Day (it takes place on February 28th in non-leap years)! This powerful movement is celebrated each year on the last day of February, the only non-repetitive day of the year. RSI is a general term used to describe injuries to…

Read more

Making Working Remotely Feel Normal Organizations who thought remote work was temporary may need to make long-term changes to their workplace culture and provide additional support for employees working from home. Of the five million employees who started working remotely during the first lockdown, over 2.4 million Canadians who normally do not work from home…

Read more

The Pandemic Is Creating Mental Health Waves According to a recent survey from Sun Life, 56% per cent of Canadians said they felt coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, but close to 60% of these respondents said they weren’t seeking treatment or support (Benefits Canada). With mental health benefit claims surpassing…

Read more

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Starting the Conversation Around Mental Health The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in 2010 with the goal of starting a conversation about mental health, and mental illness in Canada. Since then, the initiative has become the largest corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, with over one hundred million dollars in…

Read more

Working Safely from Home: The Importance of Ergonomics Ergonomics is the science of designing a workstation, work tools, and work to fit the capabilities of the person doing the work to improve productivity and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and discomfort. What Is an MSD? MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) impact the musculoskeletal system, which includes…

Read more

Do You Need Occupational Therapy? An Occupational Therapist is a health professional who works collaboratively with workplace parties to support an employee who is returning to work or staying at work with physical, emotional, cognitive and workplace performance concerns. Gowan Consulting supports employees in learning the skills and tools to return to work successfully. Our…

Read more

How to Avoid the Holiday Slump We’ve all felt it – you’re full of holiday snacks and treats, you’ve been spoiling yourself and your family, and you’re worn out from the rush of the holiday season. Returning to work after the holiday break can feel like a challenge. After time off and the hustle and…

Read more

Did You Prioritize Self-Care in 2020? Build a Resiliency Plan That Will Last in the New Year With so much extra time this year spent on adjusting to new workplace concerns and habits, regular routines and activities may have fallen to the wayside. But self-care is more important than ever as employees deal with the…

Read more

Reducing Stress and Burnout During the Holidays While the holidays can be a joyous time filled with food, family, and gift giving, they can also be a source of stress that can contribute to employee burnout. A Healthline survey found that over 60% of respondents felt some stress during the holidays (Spring Health, 2020). An…

Read more

How to Reduce the Impacts of Isolation this Holiday Season With the holidays fast approaching, employees may be concerned about the impact of rising COVID-19 cases and government restrictions on their seasonal plans. Traditionally, December is a time when people gather. Extended families meet around the dinner table, workplaces host holiday parties, and shoppers congregate…

Read more

The Effect of COVID-19 on Women’s Mental Health and Employment In what is being called the gendered impact of the pandemic, women are disproportionately feeling the effects of COVID-19 on their mental health and employment. While many employees have struggled over the past year, women face unique challenges that employers should understand in order to…

Read more

Combating Worry and Uncertainty During the “Echo Pandemic” With national anxiety reaching record heights, experts are warning of an “echo pandemic” of mental illness and mental health issues that will last long after COVID-19 is over (Canadian Mental Health Association). For many of us, dealing with anxiety is nothing new, but the changes we are…

Read more

What to Do When Employees Get Sick: Policies on Sick Days Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness, or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. This year’s pandemic has changed the way organizations…

Read more

How to Meet Mask Requirements This Winter The second wave of COVID-19 is well underway this fall, and the need to continue wearing masks remains urgent to prevent further spread. Hospitals typically experience higher occupancy levels in winter because of flu season, so taking preventative measures now will be vital to avoid overwhelming the healthcare…

Read more

How to Protect Yourself This Flu Season With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb, you may have forgotten about the other respiratory illness that we fight every year: the flu. One pandemic was more than enough to handle for one year, but now experts warn of a “double wave” of illness as flu season quickly approaches…

Read more

Improving Our Workplace Culture: The Happiness Challenge Workplace cultures that support mental health remain as important as ever as Canadians face increased challenges due to COVID-19. Reports show that Canadians have experienced a significant decline in mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. As some provinces enter a second wave, employees will need continued…

Read more

Making Our Workplace Resilient: Recognizing Psychological Health and Safety Hazards in the Workplace Employees’ resilience has been tested over the past year as new stressors and challenges have changed the way we work. Mental health and psychological wellness in the workplace have been put at risk. Employees worry about infection, financial insecurity, loss of connection,…

Read more

Keeping Our Workplace Safe: Helping Employees with Ergonomic Issues or Remote Work Requirements After working from home over the past year, some employees may find that they may need to continue working remotely rather than return to the office.  While they might enjoy the change in lifestyle or find they are more productive at home,…

Read more

Managing Negative Thoughts During a Pandemic During the ongoing pandemic, you might have experienced negative thoughts and feelings about the world around you. Fears and worries about health, financial security, and social isolation have taken a toll on Canadians’ mental health, with 50% of Canadians reporting worsening mental health, 44% reporting feelings of worry, and…

Read more

Mental Health Week: What Has the Past Year Taught Us About Mental Health? One year since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people across the globe continue to face serious mental health challenges. Even before the pandemic, Canada was facing a mental health crisis that saw one in five people managing diagnosable health conditions and 1.6 million…

Read more

Managing Disability in the Workplace: Everything You Need to Know “Effective management of disability in the workplace is more important today than ever before. As competitiveness in markets increases, the importance of an engaged and productive workforce becomes essential to an organization’s survival.” The CSA Work Disability Management System Standard, which was published in 2020,…

Read more

Using Technology to Stay Mentally Well in Remote Workplaces Over the past year, many employers have relied on technology to keep their businesses running. Apps, websites, and social media platforms have become a lifeline for brick-and-mortar stores. Video conferencing software has become an essential part of the remote workplace as millions of Canadians continue to…

Read more

COVID Long Hauler Syndrome: Is this a new health condition or a variation of an old health condition reimagined? As of April 5, 2021, there have been over 1 million reported cases of COVID-19 in Canada and over 23,000 deaths and almost 56,000 active cases.  With over 927,000 recovered cases, a large number of Canadians…

Read more

Why Working is Good for Your Health Working not only has many economic and social benefits, but it can be good for your overall health. There are many reasons employees take leave off work: physical and mental disabilities, injuries, pregnancy, family emergencies and many more. Over the past year, millions of Canadians became unemployed due…

Read more

To Sit or to Stand? In 2020, workers spent an average of 4.25 hours of the workday standing, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics—that’s about 57% of the day standing and 43% sitting. However, the numbers vary drastically by occupation. Workers in food preparation and serving-related roles spent around 97% of their day…

Read more

Why Employee Fatigue Is a Productivity and Safety Concern There’s a good chance you have heard the term “fatigue” more than once in your lifetime, but do you really know what it means to be suffering from fatigue? Fatigue is more than just simply being tired, which results from short-term sleep loss or from short…

Read more

March 15-21 is Brain Awareness Week! Brain Awareness Week occurs annually in mid-March to promote the progress and benefits of brain research to the world! This awareness week was founded in 1996 by The Dana Foundation. The Dana Foundation was founded in 1950 by Charles A. Dana, with a goal of developing a better understanding of…

Read more

Choose to Challenge for International Women’s Day International Women’s Day (IWD) is March 8th, 2021! This powerful movement was adopted by the United Nations in 1975, and is a day of togetherness, celebration, reflection, and action. IWD helps drive action against gender bias and toward a more gender equal world. According to the Government of…

Read more

Ten Strategies to Deal with Crisis Fatigue Are you experiencing crisis fatigue? Some call it a “mental fog” or “pandemic fatigue.” While not an official clinical disorder at this time, crisis fatigue is a stressful emotional state many people are experiencing as the pandemic wears on. One year later and we are still dealing with…

Read more

Keeping Connected During Crisis and Beyond: Reducing Isolation for Remote Workers A year into a pandemic that saw millions of Canadians shift to remote work, isolation remains one of the top concerns for employees working from home. Without the regular watercooler talks, coffee chats, lunch breaks, and in-person team meetings, many employees who regularly had…

Read more

February 28th is Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Awareness Day! February 29th is International RSI Awareness Day (it takes place on February 28th in non-leap years)! This powerful movement is celebrated each year on the last day of February, the only non-repetitive day of the year. RSI is a general term used to describe injuries to…

Read more

Making Working Remotely Feel Normal Organizations who thought remote work was temporary may need to make long-term changes to their workplace culture and provide additional support for employees working from home. Of the five million employees who started working remotely during the first lockdown, over 2.4 million Canadians who normally do not work from home…

Read more

The Pandemic Is Creating Mental Health Waves According to a recent survey from Sun Life, 56% per cent of Canadians said they felt coronavirus has had a negative impact on their mental health, but close to 60% of these respondents said they weren’t seeking treatment or support (Benefits Canada). With mental health benefit claims surpassing…

Read more

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Starting the Conversation Around Mental Health The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in 2010 with the goal of starting a conversation about mental health, and mental illness in Canada. Since then, the initiative has become the largest corporate commitment to mental health in Canada, with over one hundred million dollars in…

Read more

Working Safely from Home: The Importance of Ergonomics Ergonomics is the science of designing a workstation, work tools, and work to fit the capabilities of the person doing the work to improve productivity and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and discomfort. What Is an MSD? MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders) impact the musculoskeletal system, which includes…

Read more

Do You Need Occupational Therapy? An Occupational Therapist is a health professional who works collaboratively with workplace parties to support an employee who is returning to work or staying at work with physical, emotional, cognitive and workplace performance concerns. Gowan Consulting supports employees in learning the skills and tools to return to work successfully. Our…

Read more

How to Avoid the Holiday Slump We’ve all felt it – you’re full of holiday snacks and treats, you’ve been spoiling yourself and your family, and you’re worn out from the rush of the holiday season. Returning to work after the holiday break can feel like a challenge. After time off and the hustle and…

Read more

Did You Prioritize Self-Care in 2020? Build a Resiliency Plan That Will Last in the New Year With so much extra time this year spent on adjusting to new workplace concerns and habits, regular routines and activities may have fallen to the wayside. But self-care is more important than ever as employees deal with the…

Read more

Reducing Stress and Burnout During the Holidays While the holidays can be a joyous time filled with food, family, and gift giving, they can also be a source of stress that can contribute to employee burnout. A Healthline survey found that over 60% of respondents felt some stress during the holidays (Spring Health, 2020). An…

Read more

How to Reduce the Impacts of Isolation this Holiday Season With the holidays fast approaching, employees may be concerned about the impact of rising COVID-19 cases and government restrictions on their seasonal plans. Traditionally, December is a time when people gather. Extended families meet around the dinner table, workplaces host holiday parties, and shoppers congregate…

Read more

The Effect of COVID-19 on Women’s Mental Health and Employment In what is being called the gendered impact of the pandemic, women are disproportionately feeling the effects of COVID-19 on their mental health and employment. While many employees have struggled over the past year, women face unique challenges that employers should understand in order to…

Read more

Combating Worry and Uncertainty During the “Echo Pandemic” With national anxiety reaching record heights, experts are warning of an “echo pandemic” of mental illness and mental health issues that will last long after COVID-19 is over (Canadian Mental Health Association). For many of us, dealing with anxiety is nothing new, but the changes we are…

Read more

What to Do When Employees Get Sick: Policies on Sick Days Every day, employees call in sick to work. It can be due to a physical illness, mental illness, or just needing a day off for personal reasons. Employee absence is an ongoing phenomenon in workplaces everywhere. This year’s pandemic has changed the way organizations…

Read more

How to Meet Mask Requirements This Winter The second wave of COVID-19 is well underway this fall, and the need to continue wearing masks remains urgent to prevent further spread. Hospitals typically experience higher occupancy levels in winter because of flu season, so taking preventative measures now will be vital to avoid overwhelming the healthcare…

Read more

How to Protect Yourself This Flu Season With COVID-19 cases continuing to climb, you may have forgotten about the other respiratory illness that we fight every year: the flu. One pandemic was more than enough to handle for one year, but now experts warn of a “double wave” of illness as flu season quickly approaches…

Read more

Improving Our Workplace Culture: The Happiness Challenge Workplace cultures that support mental health remain as important as ever as Canadians face increased challenges due to COVID-19. Reports show that Canadians have experienced a significant decline in mental health since the beginning of the pandemic. As some provinces enter a second wave, employees will need continued…

Read more

Making Our Workplace Resilient: Recognizing Psychological Health and Safety Hazards in the Workplace Employees’ resilience has been tested over the past year as new stressors and challenges have changed the way we work. Mental health and psychological wellness in the workplace have been put at risk. Employees worry about infection, financial insecurity, loss of connection,…

Read more

Keeping Our Workplace Safe: Helping Employees with Ergonomic Issues or Remote Work Requirements After working from home over the past year, some employees may find that they may need to continue working remotely rather than return to the office.  While they might enjoy the change in lifestyle or find they are more productive at home,…

Read more