Health and Safety

Getting the most from your health and safety committee

By Jennifer Miller

Recruitment, diversity, motivation, effectiveness and retention: these are the cornerstones that an efficient health and safety committee is built on. Getting the most from your health and safety committee is beneficial to everyone.

Why employers need a change of mind

By Ed Mantler

Unemployment rates for people living with mental health challenges can be as high as 70 to 90 per cent, which disadvantages employers as much as it discriminates against people keen to be part of Canada’s economy. According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), stigma and prejudice, along with inadequate employment supports, are major obstacles that prevent people with mental illnesses from getting – and keeping – a job.

How to start a cost-effective workplace health and wellness program

By Laura Pratt

More and more companies are aware of the importance of maintaining a healthy workplace and they’re taking initiative to offer services that can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of their employees.

Mental illness cannot be “fixed” alone. Just ask Margaret Trudeau, who suffered for her entire life but found solace with outside help.

By Joel Kranc

It’s not easy being a Trudeau. There is the constant tug-of-war with the press, the scrutiny of the public at large and the sometimes insular feelings that come with the job. Often, the pressure is too great and can lead to dealing with mental health issues in a very public way.

Plan ahead to ensure everyone understands their responsibilities

By Angelo Carofano, MBA, CPA, CMA

The conversation surrounding the likely legalization of marijuana by July 2018 opens the door to a broader conversation surrounding drugs and alcohol for employers.

Pharmacogenetics – the future of drug benefit plans

By Liz Bernier

Imagine a doctor’s visit where you need a new prescription. It’s for depression. You receive a prescription with a number of caveats about side effects – take it before bed if it makes you feel too drowsy to wake up in the morning. Take it with food if it makes you too nauseous to concentrate. Come back in six weeks to touch base about how it’s working; call if you have any pressing concerns.