Managing the Anxiety about Returning to the Workplace With COVID-19 nearly behind us, many businesses are having employees return to the workplace, either full-time or in a hybrid model. Employees who have been working from home may be feeling anxious and concerned about returning to the workplace, and some of those worries may prevent the…

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The Great Resignation and the New Work World – Recovery Planning, Inclusion and Accommodation Human Rights and Recovery Planning – A new policy from OHRC On November 9, 2021, the OHRC released its Policy statement on human rights in COVID-19 recovery planning.  “Since March 2020, COVID-19 has taken a stark health, social and economic toll on…

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Injury Prevention in the Home Workplace Every year, thousands of workers are injured in the workplace. About 90% of injuries are considered to be predictable and preventable. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, employers are legally responsible not only for the health and safety of the workplace, but also for any home offices of…

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Stress Awareness Week: What’s in Your Toolbox? November 1–5, 2021 is Stress Awareness Week. International Stress Awareness Week was created in 2018 to raise awareness about stress prevention and mental health. This week aims to reduce stigma around mental health discussions, enabling individuals around the world to reflect on personal sources of stress, identify strategies…

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Tips for Creating a New Back-to-Work Routine With COVID-19 nearly behind us, many businesses are having employees return to the workplace, either full-time or in a hybrid model. Employees who have been working from home may be feeling anxious and concerned about returning to the workplace, and some of those worries may prevent the employee…

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How Can Occupational Therapy Help Employees with Disabilities? October is Occupational Therapy month! This month we celebrate the health care professionals that focus on helping individuals participate in the activities in life that are meaningful and important. “Occupation” refers to anything you do to “occupy your time” – Occupational Therapists (OTs) are activity-focused and help…

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“Back Pain Is the Biggest Cause of Disability on the Planet”: World Spine Day October 16, 2021, is World Spine Day! This world-wide event is observed yearly by health professionals and health advocates to bring awareness to the importance of spinal health and well being. The theme for 2021 is Back 2 Back, which reflects…

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Why 500,000 Canadians Miss Work Every Week: Mental Illness Awareness Week According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), one in five Canadians will have a diagnosed mental health problem at some point in their lives. Furthermore, 500,000 Canadians miss work every week due to mental illness (CMHA, 2020). Mental illness/mental health disorders can have devastating…

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Carpal Tunnel, Cannabis, and COVID-19: Managing Change in the Workplace Remember in 1998 when our biggest health and safety concern was repetitive strain injury or in 2017 when our workplaces were worried about the legal issues around cannabis in the workplace? Oh, those were the days! Now our worry is mental health, infectious diseases, and…

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The Return on Investment Phenomena Have you ever stopped to think about what your time is worth? What is the long-term impact of your programs and how do you evaluate if something has a Return on Investment for you? The basic formula for calculating ROI is as follows: Direct Vs. Indirect Costs It can be…

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The Mental Health Continuum A lot of people automatically think of mental illness when they hear the words mental health. However, just like physical health, everyone has mental health. Mental health refers to an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being, whether it’s in a negative or positive state. A common misconception is that when our mental health is suffering,…

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Working Together to Prevent Suicide Post-Pandemic Every year, 160 million people contemplate suicide and 800,000 of these people die by suicide (Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, 2021). Every year on September 10th, we recognize World Suicide Prevention Day in order to promote awareness about the devastating impacts of suicide and educate each other on the…

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How to Assist Persons with Disabilities to Overcome Return to the Workplace Concerns Throughout the pandemic, employees have been working from home. As they have attempted to adapt to this new work situation, there have been ongoing concerns that may be more prevalent for individuals with disabilities. A July 2021 study completed by the Institute…

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Assisting Employees with Health Conditions in Returning to the Workplace – Is Hybrid Work Better? As an employer, you will have a number of employees with disabilities or health conditions that may need additional considerations when thinking about return to the workplace. In fact, a recent article by CNN indicates that many individuals with disabilities have…

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Health and Safety Considerations for Working Safely in a Hybrid Workplace: 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…

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Supporting the Manager’s Mental Health in a Hybrid Workplace Have you read this article?  Your boss secretly wants to quit. Business leaders can’t take COVID-19 work life anymore – The Globe and Mail In this article published July 15, 2021, it is reported that “just over half of the 1,100 business and public sector leaders…

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10 Ways to Manage Engagement and Productivity in the Hybrid Workplace With the transition to a hybrid working model, employers may be wondering how they can ensure employees are staying engaged and productive, no matter where they work. The good news is that reports show productivity has not dropped off over the course of the…

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Supporting Employees with Remote Work Preference After working from home for the past year, some employees may find that they enjoy it and would prefer to continue working remotely. A survey of over 2,000 Canadians found that 77% of people want the flexibility to work from home at least part of the time (KPMG, 2021).…

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Addressing Mental Health Concerns in a New Hybrid Workplace World With the hybrid workplace model being discussed in virtual boardrooms across the country, employers should consider how such a decision will affect the mental health of employees. Are employees mentally ready to return to the workplace? Will continuing to work remotely negatively impact their mental…

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The Future of Hybrid Workplaces As we move forward to find our new normal for work, it is expected that employers will be planning for alternate ways to work in various formats and locations. We expect that there will be challenges in supporting employees in this decision. Employers are beginning to examine creative ways to…

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PTSD Series Part 4: Case Study Occupational Therapists’ unique occupational lens and focus on empowerment and promotion of health and well-being makes them ideally placed to work with persons with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as they work to regain control over their lives. A proper Occupational Therapy assessment can assist the employer and employee in discussing suitable…

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PTSD Series Part 3: Returning to Work Adults with PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or anxiety may find themselves avoiding places, situations, objects, and people that remind them of the trauma or distress they experienced. They also might avoid thinking or talking about a certain topic. Unfortunately, this type of avoidance just keeps the distress going…

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PTSD Series Part 2: Building Resilience The longer that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms are experienced and not addressed, the greater the difficulty in treatment and reengagement in daily life. Early recognition and intervention is needed to prevent the loss of routines, habits, and roles. Without awareness and training, employees and employers may find it…

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PTSD Series Part 1: Promoting Awareness June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day. This observance strives to bring awareness of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) to the public and eliminate stigma. PTSD has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. Experiencing a trauma can result in physical, emotional, or psychological harm that…

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The Impact of Brain Injuries on Vision While studies show that 90% of all traumatic brain injury patients suffer from visual difficulties, visual function is often overlooked when diagnosing brain injury symptoms (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association). Symptoms are not always apparent and may be conflated with other symptoms, such as cognitive function, when testing requires visual…

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Returning to Work After a Concussion? Here’s What You Should Know Did you know that just one concussion could lead to cognitive impairment? The risk of developing long-term or permanent cognitive impairment increases with the severity of the head injury, but even mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) like concussions can temporarily impact cognition. While symptoms…

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June is Brain Injury Awareness Month We use our brains for every single thing we do – whether those actions are conscious and voluntary, such as making a cup of coffee, or unconscious and involuntary, such as breathing. Our brains are constantly working to help us survive and thrive. Your brain is the most powerful…

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Employees with Imposter Syndrome May Experience Mental Health and Performance Issues Do you ever feel like you are a “fraud”? Like you are not qualified or knowledgeable enough to be in your role or to carry out your responsibilities? Do you dismiss or discount positive feedback from others? Do you attribute your successes to “luck”…

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How to Be Mindful: Practical Tips from an Occupational Therapist The current mental health climate is precarious following more than a year of national anxiety, fear, isolation, and uncertainty. Helping employees maintain and repair their health requires a thoughtful and practical approach that recognizes both the longevity of mental health issues and the barriers to…

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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…

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Are Your Kids Back at School? Guidance for Accommodating Employees with Children Schools have reopened, but that doesn’t mean parents are out of the woods yet when it comes to the challenge of balancing parenting and work obligations. In fact, rates of anxiety and depression among parents with children under eighteen are spiking (Calgary Herald,…

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health: Anxiety and Worry about the Workplace Many people are continuing to feel anxious about the state of the world due to COVID-19. When workers were sent home, they faced uncertainties about their financial security, their health and the health of loved ones, and their overall way of life.…

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health: Employees with PTSD, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout During these unprecedented times, the cost of caring has become that much higher as healthcare professionals and the general public grapple with their mental health. From the frontline workers who are facing loss and trauma every day, to those at home…

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The Effects of COVID-19 on Mental Health: Managing Grief and Loss Over the last six months, experts have continued to research the short-term and long-term effects of COVID-19 on mental health. Mental health concerns continue to grow as many people come to terms with the fact that this pandemic is for the long haul. Anxiety…

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Working Virtual Series Part 5 of 5: So You Want to Stay Virtual…Managing Self-Care With COVID-19 still active and businesses struggling with social distancing, continuing to work virtually is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees working virtually. The virtual workplace process is not one-approach-fits-all, and so we…

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“I Can’t Wear a Mask” Part 2: Accommodations to Consider Across the world, businesses are starting to reopen, and many jurisdictions are considering the use of masks as a mandatory requirement. To go into a store or a public location, you will be required to wear a mask. This has created a heated debate regarding…

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“I Can’t Wear a Mask” Part 1: Why Science Says You Should Across the world, businesses are starting to reopen, and many jurisdictions are considering the use of masks as a mandatory requirement. To go into a store or a public location, you will be required to wear a mask. This has created a heated…

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Part 4 of 5:  So You Want to Stay Virtual: Managing Productivity Remotely With COVID-19 still active and businesses struggling with social distancing, continuing to work virtually is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees working virtually. The virtual workplace process is not one-approach-fits-all, and so we have…

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Part 3 of 5:  So You Want to Stay Virtual: Integrating Childcare and Eldercare With Work With COVID-19 still active and businesses struggling with social distancing, continuing to work virtually is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees working virtually. The virtual workplace process is not one-approach-fits-all, and…

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Working Virtual Series Part 2 of 5: So You Want to Stay Virtual…How to Maintain Focus and Set Boundaries With COVID-19 still active and businesses struggling with social distancing, continuing to work virtually is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees working virtually. The virtual workplace process is…

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Working Virtual Series Part 1 of 5: So You Want to Stay Virtual…What You Need to Know About Virtual Ergonomics With COVID-19 still active and businesses struggling with social distancing, continuing to work virtually is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees working virtually. The virtual workplace process…

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Pt. 7 | Returning to the Workplace Post-Quarantine: Manager Self-Care in the Time of Crisis With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to the workplace is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to the workplace process is not one-approach-fits-all,…

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Pt. 6 | Returning to the Workplace Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with Health Conditions With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to the workplace process is not one-approach-fits-all, and…

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Pt. 5 | Returning to the Workplace Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with a Health and Safety Concern With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to work process is not…

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Pt. 4 | Returning to the Workplace Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with Remote Work Preference or Ergonomic Issues With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to the workplace process…

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Pt. 3 | Returning to Work Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with Childcare Issues With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to work process is not one-approach-fits-all, and so we…

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Pt. 2 | Returning to Work Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with Anxiety and Worry about Returning to Work With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to work process is…

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Pt. 1 | Returning to Work Post-Quarantine: How to Help Employees with PTSD, Compassion Fatigue, and Burnout With businesses reopening and physical distancing restrictions easing, returning to work is on everyone’s minds. We know you have questions about how to support your employees during this transition period. The return to work process is not one-approach-fits-all,…

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Navigating the Duty to Accommodate in a Difficult Time As an employer working hard during this latest crisis, you have shown compassion and leniency with your production goals and have even made adjustments to how work is done to support employees. You are now faced with tough decisions about accommodating workers as your business reopens…

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“Zoom Fatigue”: How Video Conferencing Has Changed the Way We Work For those working from home, video conferencing has likely become one of your main tools of communication. You might be feeling burnt out or tired from the constant screen time, whether you are hopping between work meetings or staying connected with family and friends.…

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Managing Loss and Grief During COVID-19 The world is in a state of grieving, and no one has been left unaffected by the ripples COVID-19 has caused in our lives. Not only are we losing loved ones and community members, but we are also losing our normal ways of life. Grief expert David Kessler has…

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Compassion Fatigue – Helping the Helpers to Stay Well During these unprecedented times, the cost of caring has become that much higher as healthcare professionals and the general public grapple with their mental health. From the frontline workers who face loss and trauma every day, to those on the sidelines who are watching the pain…

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Virtual Ergonomics and Remote Workplaces Working ergonomically has always been a vital part of a healthy and productive workplace, and with so many people now working virtually, it’s important to continue applying proper ergonomics at home. Whether you already have a remote workstation or not, you’ve likely experienced a disruption of routine and are spending…

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How to Reduce the Impacts of Quarantine on Your Mental Health While the long-term negative effects of quarantine in relation to COVID-19 have yet to be studied, recent and former quarantine research indicates that changes in our mental health are already taking place and that we can take measures now to reduce the psychological impact.…

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The Changing Nature of Work:  Managing Employee Engagement Introduction The workplace is changing.  As employment contracts change, employee expectations adjust and your role as a manager becomes more important. Employees enter the job with different expectations and requirements for support. We are now in an age of change with virtual workplaces becoming the norm. Many…

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Tips for Working from Home If you’re one of the many employees now working from home, you may find navigating this new work environment has a learning curve. From setting up a new workspace, to staying productive, to learning new ways to connect, there are many challenges that come from trading in the office for…

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Given the uncertainty of current times, managing our worries and concerns about the world we live in has become an even more prominent part of our reality. For many of us, dealing with anxiety is nothing new, but the ways in which we are responding to the global crisis are likely unprecedented.

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Researchers at the University of Florida recently conducted a study to determine if depression is an inflammation-based disorder involving different regions of the brain. “Our hypothesis was that gut bacteria can affect whole-body inflammation, brain inflammation and brain neurotransmitters - all of which can play a role in depression,” said lead researcher, Dr. Bruce R.…

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Creating a more equal and inclusive workplace should be one of the top goals of every organisation. According to the government of Canada, among a number of other clear benefits, an equal playing field has the potential to ignite a more prosperous economy while upholding fairness and justice in our society.

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March 8 was International Women’s Day (IWD) which is celebrated each year across the globe on March 8th. This powerful movement was adopted by the United Nations in 1975, and is a day of togetherness, celebration, reflection, and action.

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