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Curbing Work Absences by Implementing an Effective Disability Management Program

October 01, 2014

Louise Chénier
Louise Chénier
Manager
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

The average Canadian employee missed 9.3 days of work in 2011, costing our economy approximately $16.6 billion in lost productivity.1 This cost is bound to increase as our workforce ages. As people age, the incidence of chronic diseases—such as ...

What’s sleep got to do with workplace wellness? More than you think!

September 26, 2014


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Health and Wellness

Employees often don’t get enough sleep. A recent Conference Board survey found that 78 per cent of employees got to work tired at least some days in a week. Why is this important? An individual who has been awake for 17 hours has ...

Learning to Fail Well

September 19, 2014

Louise Chénier
Louise Chénier
Manager
Workplace Health and Wellness Research

When compared to its peers, Canada ranks poorly on innovation. (See “How Canada Performs: Innovation.”) This has a significant impact on our economy, since countries that are more innovative also report higher income per capita, productivity, and quality ...

Is Sitting Killing You? Break Up Your Day!

September 05, 2014


Charles Boyer
Research Associate
Health and Wellness

Do your employees sit too much? Are they too inactive?

Don't worry, you're not alone. Recent data from Statistics Canada (see Chart 1) have shown that Canadian adults spend 9.7 hours being sedentary (sitting or very little movement), 4 hours in ...

Standing Up to the Health Risks of Sitting Down

January 29, 2014

Carole Stonebridge

Senior Research Associate
Health Programs

The health risks of sitting have been big news in recent months. Publications from Maclean’s 1 to Runners World 2 and even The Economist 3 have featured stories about the potential health impacts from prolonged sitting—even for active people who ...

The Rewards of Union Membership

January 20, 2014

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Belonging to a union may seem like an antiquated notion to many in today’s work environment. And since union membership is not growing as fast as overall employment, union density (the share of unionized workers in the overall workforce) is ...

Minding What Matters: Gaps in Programs for Employees With Mental Health Issues Persist

January 15, 2014

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Mental health issues are a significant contributor to absenteeism in the workplace, which is costly to the Canadian economy. For many employers, mental health is the leading cause of both short-term and long-term disability leaves of absence. And the average ...

Running on Empty

December 17, 2013

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

Feeling a little tired and stressed out around the holidays? You’re not alone. Many Canadians are not getting the sleep they say they need. When asked to choose, two-thirds of Canadians would pick a good night’s sleep over a fun ...

New Data Confirm That the Average Age of Truck Drivers Continues to Rise

July 04, 2013

Vijay Gill
Principal Research Associate
Transportation and Infrastructure

Earlier this year, The Conference Board of Canada released a report that quantified the demand for truck drivers in Canada, driven by the growth of the economy and the resulting pressure that the trucking industry will face to attract new drivers. ...

What Family Day Really Costs

February 15, 2013

Karla Thorpe

Director
Leadership and Human Resources Research

On Monday, most people in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island will get the day off work. (British Columbia celebrated Family Day last Monday for the first time in 2013). “Family Day” is a relatively new statutory holiday ...

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