Accommodating Immunocompromised Workers Post-Covid The Covid-19 pandemic caused uncertainty for many of us; it changed the way we lived on a day-to-day basis – as working from home and keeping distance has become the norm – but for immunocompromised individuals, the effects of Covid-19 continue to be prevalent, even when restrictions are lifted and when…

Read more

Accommodating for Episodic Disabilities Employees with episodic disabilities face unique challenges that may make it more difficult for employers to accommodate them in the workplace. Chronic mental and physical disabilities that are considered episodic are characterized by intermittent periods of good health with severe symptoms that come and go. They are often unpredictable or invisible,…

Read more

Neurodiversity in the Workplace: Overcoming Challenges and Celebrating Differences Supporting neurodiverse employees in overcoming their challenges and utilizing their strengths can give companies a distinct competitive advantage. Many studies show that increasing workplace diversity improves a company’s performance, with higher profit margins, attendance, and overall productivity than organizations who don’t hire inclusively. Yet, despite 22%…

Read more

How to Be an Organization that Cares: Strategizing Self-Care in Businesses After more than two years of constant flux, employees and organizations who have been living in survival mode will need to redefine what self-care at work means. The impact of living in survival mode is that our nervous systems and brains have been constantly…

Read more

71% of Employees Have Experienced Harassment or Violence in the Past Two Years Harassment and violence continue to be rampant in workplaces across Canada, despite two years of many employees working remotely. The National Survey on Harassment and Violence at Work in Canada conducted by Western University researchers examined harassment and violence in their survey…

Read more

How to Set Boundaries to Create a Healthier Workplace Do you always say “yes” to new projects? Do you work longer hours working from home than you do in an office? Are you overwhelmed by your workload on a day-to-day basis? Chances are that you have a boundary problem at work. Setting boundaries is part…

Read more

How to Navigate Employee Injuries in a Hybrid Workplace With the rise of the hybrid workforce, how to navigate the responsibilities of parties to prevent, report, and compensate for employee injuries becomes an important question. The duties of the employer and employee in the event of a workplace injury or illness extend to remote workplaces.…

Read more

Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Treating Employees with PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that significantly affects an individual’s quality of life. It is characterized by psychologically re-experiencing an initial traumatic event and can result in a variety of symptoms that can affect one’s ability to engage in meaningful activity. According to…

Read more

Are Employees Really Okay? How to Address The Wellbeing Gap If you ask an employer and their employees about how well organizations are supporting personal wellbeing, you might be surprised by the difference in their answers. Over the past two years, employers have recognized that employees need more support for their wellbeing. In 2020, LifeWorks…

Read more

Construction Workers at Highest Risk of Brain Injury Construction workers face a significant risk of injury in their jobs, including the risk of acquiring a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The construction industry has the highest number of TBIs across US workplaces, with over 2,200 deaths recorded between 2003 and 2010 (NIOSH, 2016). Within the industry,…

Read more

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…

Read more

Psychological Safety in an Inclusive and Hybrid Workplace For employees to feel psychologically safe at work, organizations must take responsibility for creating inclusive workplaces. In the working world we exist now, psychological safety now extends to the remote or hybrid workplace. In many ways, the core issue of inclusivity in workplaces remains the same. Visible…

Read more

Six Mental Health Strategies Every Leader Needs to Know Like many employees experiencing declines in mental health, leaders are also facing challenges that are affecting their resiliency and ability to perform optimally at work. According to LifeWorks’ April Mental Health Index Report, the mental health score of managers is currently below non-managers and the national…

Read more

Managing Presenteeism Related to Mental Health Organizations with low rates of absenteeism may think that their employees are healthy, but these numbers do not reflect the number of employees who continue to work while unwell. Presenteeism (continuing to work while unwell) is a much harder measurement to track than absenteeism yet is showing to be…

Read more

The Four Biggest Mental Health Issues Affecting Workplaces Today In the two years since the beginning of the pandemic, Canadians’ mental health has sharply declined, deepening an already serious mental health crisis. Despite short-term gains, mental health hasn’t bounced back to pre-pandemic levels. In fact, data shows that Canadian mental health is currently at its…

Read more

The Link Between Stress and Ergonomics If you’re having frequent aches and pains at work, it’s likely that it has impacted your productivity and increased job stress. Likewise, if you have high levels of job stress, your feelings may be creating aches and pains in your body. Studies show that there is a significant relationship…

Read more

Inclusive Leadership: Breaking Down Systemic Barriers for Persons with Disabilities If leaders want their organizations to thrive, they need to invest in the tools and strategies to break down barriers for persons with disabilities. The employment rate of Canadians aged 25 to 64 with disabilities is 59%, compared to 80% for Canadians without a disability…

Read more

Accommodating for Chronic Mental Stress in the Workplace On January 1, 2018, the WSIB Chronic Mental Stress Policy came into effect. The policy confirms that WSIB will allow entitlement to workers’ compensation benefits for workers who suffer from chronic mental stress that arises out of and in the course of their employment. WSIB’s policy defines a…

Read more

Managing the Stress of the Return to Workplace Process With the pandemic 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…

Read more

How to Reduce Workplace Stress by Managing Resiliency If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone – in fact, April is National Stress Awareness Month, a whole month dedicated to spreading awareness about the causes of stress and ways to reduce it. There are many causes of stress, but the workplace is the number one source…

Read more

Should Employees with Disabilities Be Obligated to Return to the Workplace? Many employees with health conditions or disabilities returning to work after an absence are now being welcomed back to hybrid workplaces. According to a report from Accenture, 63% of high-growth companies have adopted a “productivity anywhere” workforce model (Accenture, 2021). This hybrid model allows…

Read more

10 Hacks for Setting Up Your Office on the Go Do you work in a hybrid or remote workplace? A survey conducted by KPMG in November showed that 43% of Canadian CEOs expect to have most employees working remotely at least twice a week (KPMG, 2021). While working from home part time can have a…

Read more

Accommodating for Bad Behaviour In this time of turmoil, you may be seeing uncommon behaviours in your workplace. Many people are stressed and are taking it out on those they work with. You may be wondering: does bad behaviour need to be accommodated in the workplace or is bad behaviour a code of conduct issue?…

Read more

Employed Parents Are Feeling Burned Out: Is the Workplace to Blame? Workplaces that do not provide support for working parents in the workplace could see many employees struggling to stay at work due to high levels of burnout. According to a recent survey, 42% of working Canadians indicated that feelings of burnout were their main…

Read more

Stand Up and Move: Steps to Get Your Employees Taking Steps Having a great ergonomic set up is important, but if we sit all day, it is almost guaranteed that long discomfort will occur. As employees are finding new places to work, at home, at the office, in the car, and on the go, it…

Read more

More than One-Third of Working Canadians Are Burnt Out Are you seeing burnout impacting your team’s ability to innovate, create and perform? The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified burnout as a diagnosed mental illness. Burnout and other mental health issues can increase presenteeism in the workplace. According to Manulife’s 2020 Wellness Report, 45% of…

Read more

How to Help Employees with Long-COVID Return to Work As new daily infections dwindle, employers may be surprised to find that the implications of COVID-19 in the workplace are far from over. According to the World Health Organization, approximately 10–20% of COVID patients have persisting symptoms months after initial infection. The Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory…

Read more

Presenteeism and Return to Work in a COVID World The conversation around sick absences and return to work has become even more crucial than it’s been before. Employers are experiencing higher rates of absence than we’ve seen in history. Statistics Canada reports that, on average, workers are absent from work 11 days a year. However,…

Read more

Your Ergonomic Home Office Audit for the New Year Studies show that 5.1 million Canadians were working from home as of May 2021, with 32% of employees working from a home office and 14% of employees working in a hybrid model (Statista, 2021). For the past two years, many employees have been trying to work…

Read more

Bell Let’s Talk Day 2022: Supporting Ourselves and Each Other This year, Bell Let’s Talk Day takes place on January 26, 2022. On January 26th, Bell will donate more towards mental health initiatives in Canada by contributing 5¢ for every applicable text, call, tweet, or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, every social media video view, and…

Read more

In the case of Joseph v. Tecumseh Community Development Corporation (2019 HRTO 635), the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) ruled in favour of the employer once it became clear the employee failed to participate in the accommodation process.

Read more

The Canadian government introduced a new Bill (Bill C-81) on Accessibility mid last year to better protect individuals with disabilities, and the “Accessible Canada Act” has officially received royal assent. The Accessible Canada Act will become law on a date set by the government.

Read more

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC), with support from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, has developed a statistical report on mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario.

Read more

A recent decision by the Divisional Court in “Katz Group Ltd. V. Clarke” 2019 ONSC 188 [“Katz”], reinforces the notion that, just as employers have a duty to accommodate, an employee also has a duty to participate in the accommodation process.

Read more

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), burnout is considered an official medical diagnosis. Burnout is something we’ve all experienced at some point in our career, especially as our responsibilities at work shift and potentially grow, but for some of us, burnout can feel like a never-ending struggle.

Read more

Harassment in the workplace is a massive problem in Canada, and a recent study by Statistics Canada confirms - something needs to be done about this, yesterday. Harassment, as it is referred to in this study, includes verbal, and in some cases physical abuse, threats and violence, and sexual harassment.

Read more

Mental Health in the workplace is a topic that is becoming more widely discussed, and key insights have been uncovered in important studies on psycho-social conditions and mental health in the workplace.

Read more

Stress and anxiety in the workplace is an immensely important issue that affects us all - one way or another. Whether you’re struggling with it personally, or you know of a colleague who is feeling particularly stressed, depressed, or anxious, it’s your responsibility to remain self-aware, be honest with yourself, and take action.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration reinforces the fact that there can be key differences between addiction, and plain bad judgement.

Read more

A recent decision in the matter of an arbitration between The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Sunnyside Home) and the Ontario Nurses’ Association reinforces the duty of employers to inquire, and consider accommodation solutions, even in cases of misconduct.

Read more

Human rights law plays an increasingly important role in the Canadian workplace, and the scope of the duty of employers to accommodate their employees is not always easy to define.

Read more

Safety doesn’t go up in smoke in latest cannabis legal decision Medical Cannabis and safety sensitive positions continue to be in the spot light for duty to accommodate decisions coming out of our legal systems. A recent decision reinforces that impairment determination is still an unknown and as such the use of medical cannabis can…

Read more

It’s Mental Health Week! Mental Health Week runs from May 6th to May 12th this year! The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) started this week 68 years ago in an effort to spread awareness and education surrounding mental health. CMHA hopes that in promoting the conversation around mental health, that all individuals will come to…

Read more

The Month of May is Speech and Hearing Month! Speech and hearing – it’s one of the main ways human beings communicate with each other! Thanks to the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Association, the month of May is dedicated to spreading awareness for the individuals who have difficulty communicating through speech and hearing due to…

Read more

What is National Day of Mourning? National Day of Mourning occurs annually on April 28th in Canada in recognition of all the workers who have been killed, injured, or suffered illnesses due to their workplace hazards and/or exposures. The Day of Mourning is also intended to recognize the families of these workers and the ways…

Read more

Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day – What is it? International Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) Awareness Day is a day of the year dedicated to spreading awareness and education regarding individuals who are living with Functional Neurological Disorder. The FND Hope organization created this promotional health day and dedicated April 13th to be FND Awareness…

Read more

World Health Day 2019 – The Fight for Universal Health Coverage This year on April 7th, 2019, we celebrate the 71st annual World Health Day! World Health Day was created by the World Health Organization (WHO) with a goal of promoting the need for and achieving universal health care. The campaign aims to educate people…

Read more

What is Stress Management? Stress management is an ongoing process that the body and mind engage in throughout the day. It helps individuals control their level of stress to maintain emotional and physical health. For most instances, the body and mind naturally manage stress. For example, if something startles you and you become physiologically aroused,…

Read more

Save Your Vision Month Every year, March is dedicated to being known as “Save Your Vision” month, in honour of spreading awareness and education about healthy eyes. Sponsored by the American Optometric Association, this month-long campaign aims to motivate every individual to practice good eye care, and get regular eye exams to ensure their eyes…

Read more

Brain Awareness Week: What is it? 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…

Read more

International Women’s Day is March 8th, 2019! International Women’s Day is occurring on Friday, March 8th, and will be promoted through its theme: #BalanceforBetter! We are trying to balance out the equality between genders for a better world. International Women’s Day has been celebrated annually on March 8th since 1911! This day is not about…

Read more

Employee Appreciation Day Employee Appreciation Day is an international, unofficial holiday that occurs on the first Friday of March every year. This day was created to remind employers and companies to thank their employees for the hard work they do all year round. Ideally, doing this will strengthen the bond between employers and employees. If…

Read more

Pink Shirt Day – What is it? Pink Shirt Day was created in 2007 in Nova Scotia, when a high school student was bullied for being a boy wearing a pink shirt. Two schoolmates, David Shepherd and Travis Price, came up with an idea to protest the act of bullying. The 17-year-old boys bought 50…

Read more

Sick Employees and the Workplace 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. As an employer, it’s important to know policies and procedures for when employees get…

Read more

Why Try Volunteering? There are many different forms of volunteering: working for free, fundraising money, offering your time to assist others, and many more. Often when people think about volunteering, they think about the way volunteering helps the person or organization they are volunteering for. While this is evident, research shows that people who volunteer…

Read more

About Bell Let’s Talk The Bell Let’s Talk initiative began in September of 2010, with a goal of starting the conversation about mental health and mental illness in Canada. Bell Canada aims to move mental health awareness in a positive direction through their four pillars. These pillars include: Anti-stigma: a movement to get rid of…

Read more

What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is considered a therapeutic technique where an individual focuses on their awareness in the present moment. This includes acknowledging physical sensations, emotions and thoughts without judgment. It is non-striving, with an idea surrounding acceptance and letting go (Gowan, 2016). Mindfulness is often associated with a calm, centered feeling and is comparable…

Read more

What is Relaxation? It seems like a silly question – but the truth is a lot of people don’t realize what relaxing really means. Relaxation is defined as ‘the state of being free from tension and anxiety’ – something that is not always easily achieved. When an individual is able to achieve relaxation, their heart…

Read more

Mental Health and Technology As we turn more to our technology, research is showing that our cell phones, tablets and technology may be leading to an increase in depression and anxiety.  It can also lead to a loss of sleep from the impact of blue light on our sleep chemicals 2-3 hours before bed.  Technology…

Read more

What is 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 bustle…

Read more