WORKPLACE WELLNESS & STRESS MANAGEMENT
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Why Consider Workplace Wellness?
According to Statistics Canada, the cost from all causes of employee absence
alone is about $8.6 billion per year.
There are many causes for lost work time. Causes can be physical:
- Repetitive strain injuries from recurring motions such as typing
- Poor posture, common in people who sit for long periods of time
- Poor workplace setup (i.e. poor ergonomics) putting more physical stress on
- Physical labour
"62% routinely find that they end the day with work-related neck pain, 44%
reported stressed-out eyes, 38% complained of hurting hands and 34% reported
difficulty in sleeping because they were too stressed-out."
-- 2000 Integra Survey
Causes can also be mental or emotional, and stress can worsen many physical
problems. According to The American Institute of Stress, "A 1997 three year
study conducted by one large corporation found that 60% of employee absences
could be traced to psychological problems that were due to job stress."
"Absentee-ism has tripled at the workplace in the last year due to stress"
--Good Morning America, ABC TV, 2001
Aside from stress, one of the fastest growing causes of pain in the workplace is
repetitive-strain injuries (RSI). According to Statistics Canada, about 2.3
million Canadian adults suffer from RSIs. RSI is the name give to a group of
conditions caused by repeating the same action over and over. This causes pain
and swelling in the muscles, tendons, and small sacs of fluid that cushion the
areas between tendons and bones (bursa). One of the most common RSI in the
workplace is carpal tunnel syndrome.
Workplace Wellness Articles By Dr. Carr:
For the Employee:
Symptoms that may trouble you at your job include:
Because TCM works on rebalancing the whole body, all of the above symptoms can
be relieved when attention is paid to the cause. Of course, in the spirit of our
goal to help you to be the leader in your own health, learning methods to cope
with stress, do self-acupressure, get proper nutrition, exercise, and adjust
your workplace setup will all contribute to a speedier and continued feeling of
For the Employer:
Employee absences mean loss of money for the company. Here are some interesting
and important facts for employers:
According to the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, health
care expenditures are almost 50% higher for workers who report greater levels of
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that workers who take time off of work
because of stress, anxiety, or a related disorder will be off the job for
approximately 20 days.
According to the 2000 Integra Survey, almost one in five respondents had quit
a prior position because of job stress.
Worksafe BC states that between 1997 and 2001, the average amount of days lost
due to back injuries is 45 days.
Health Canada states that The Second Tri-Annual Buffet Taylor National Wellness Survey shows that workplace wellness is becoming increasingly important to the Canadian Business community.
"87% of poll respondents said they would work harder for a company that is
willing to help them deal with personal problems."
-- Roper Poll, 1995
What this all boils down to is that taking care of your employees by offering
them financial support for their health and well-being actually saves you money.
This can be done by ensuring that the insurance plan that you offer your
employees has sufficient coverage of registered complementary health practices
such as acupuncture. Another way to support your employees is to offer them
information sessions through lectures or seminars on health and wellness.
provided a “Lunch and Learn” seminar to our employees, on
the topic of “Stressing out About Stress”.
Approximately 10% of our Head Office employees attended the seminar.
Their written evaluations indicated that:
· The seminar met or exceeded their expectations
· The seminar was useful
· They learned something new.
· They would recommend Dr. Carr and the seminar to others
Dr. Carr was
organized, punctual, and easy to relate to and very animated about this
topic. We will be inviting Dr. Carr to present seminars on other
topics, to our employees, in the near future.
Carolynne Mahood, Manager Human Resources, IA Pacific
more information, contact Dr. Carr.