Investing in Employees’ Health Leads to Increased Productivity

An annual gain of 10 hours in pro­duc­tive time for work­ers who improve health!
Work­place health pro­mo­tion pro­grams that improve employee health can lead to sig­nif­i­cant increases in pro­duc­tiv­ity — and asso­ci­ated cost sav­ings, reports a study in the Octo­ber Jour­nal of Occu­pa­tional and Envi­ron­men­tal Med­i­cine, offi­cial pub­li­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Occu­pa­tional and Envi­ron­men­tal Med­i­cine (ACOEM).“Participating in health pro­mo­tion pro­grams can help improve pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els among employ­ees and save money for their employ­ers,” accord­ing to the study by Rebecca J. Mitchell, MPH, and col­leagues of OptumHealth, Golden Val­ley, Minn.The researchers ana­lyzed the pro­duc­tiv­ity effects of a pro­gram in which well­ness coaches pro­vided tele­phone sup­port to help employ­ees address health prob­lems or risks. The study used mea­sures of lost work time includ­ing absen­teeism as well as “pre­sen­teeism” — time spent at work with reduced productivity.The pro­gram led to sig­nif­i­cant reduc­tions in lost work time — equiv­a­lent to about 10.3 hours in addi­tional pro­duc­tive time per year. Sav­ings aver­aged about $350 per par­tic­i­pat­ing employee, com­pared to sim­i­lar work­ers who did not par­tic­i­pate in the well­ness program.

The sav­ings were even greater for employ­ees who suc­cess­fully improved their health or low­ered health risk in at least one area. For a typ­i­cal employee, the gain in pro­duc­tive time amounted to about 0.5 percent.

Effec­tive health pro­mo­tion pro­grams lead to sav­ings in med­ical and absen­teeism costs. The new results “add to the grow­ing body of evi­dence that invest­ing in a healthy work­force can help to increase pro­duc­tiv­ity lev­els of employ­ees,” Ms. Mitchell and coau­thors con­clude. How­ever, they add, “It takes time and com­mit­ment for pro­gram par­tic­i­pa­tion to yield success.”

Cita­tion — Mitchell RJ, Ozminkowski RJ, Serxner S. Improv­ing employee pro­duc­tiv­ity through improved health. J Occup Env­i­ron Med. 2013;55(10):1142–8.

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Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

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Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

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Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

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Latest mental health and addictions news

Men­tal Ill­ness Patients Strain Canada’s Police Forces

CBC News — Aug 21, 2013

Too many peo­ple who live with men­tal ill­ness are being released from provin­cial insti­tu­tions before they’re ready, then going on to com­mit crimes, say Canada’s police chiefs.

The can­did com­ments were made Wednes­day in Win­nipeg, on the final day of the Cana­dian Asso­ci­a­tion of Chiefs of Police (CACP) annual gen­eral meeting.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/08/21/mb-police-chiefs-mentally-ill.html

Youth Men­tal Health

Ottawa Cit­i­zen — August 23, 2013

There is a trou­bling new report on youth men­tal health to which the Ontario gov­ern­ment should pay par­tic­u­lar attention.

Accord­ing to the report by the Children?s Hos­pi­tal of East­ern Ontario and the Royal Men­tal Health Cen­tre, young peo­ple in the Ottawa region are wait­ing up to a year for men­tal health care, when the Cana­dian Psy­chi­atric Asso­ci­a­tion says it should be two weeks.

It is the human toll that it takes. Six to 12 months to see a psy­chi­a­trist for a youth and fam­ily in cri­sis is just too long“noted CHEO pres­i­dent Alex Munter. “It is an entire school year. For a youth to be able to learn and develop, and to have a suc­cess­ful school year, is very hard.”

The fig­ures really make dis­turb­ing read­ing: Since 2009, the num­ber of chil­dren and youth seek­ing CHEO’s help for men­tal ill­ness has shot up 64 per cent, while out­pa­tient refer­rals have gone up 76 per cent. The num­ber of patients admit­ted to CHEO with sui­cide risks has increased 33 per cent, and the num­ber with self-injury has gone up 61 per cent.

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Youth+mental+health/8826494/story.html

Agen­cies Pre­pare For Flood?s Effects on Men­tal Health

Cal­gary Her­ald — August 25, 2013

The flood waters have long receded, but a sec­ondary wave of disaster-driven men­tal health prob­lems may be only start­ing to crest.

Social ser­vice agen­cies in south­ern Alberta are prepar­ing for what they say could be a sig­nif­i­cant and long-term increase in cri­sis calls, as flood vic­tims begin to come to terms with the real­i­ties of lost homes and livelihoods.

I’m not an alarmist at all … I think it?s just some­thing we need to be aware of it,” said Stacey Petersen, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Fresh Start Recov­ery Cen­tre, a res­i­den­tial alco­hol and drug addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre in Cal­gary. “From our stand­point, we’d rather be well-prepared and not needed, than ill-prepared and in trouble”.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Agencies+prepare+flood+effects+mental+health/8831626/story.html

Change of Prac­tice Key to Improv­ing Patients’ Access to Psychiatrists

CMAJ — August 28, 2013

With 1 in 5 Cana­di­ans expected to expe­ri­ence a men­tal ill­ness in their life­time and a dwin­dling num­ber of psy­chi­a­trists, is the sup­ply of men­tal health ser­vices on track to meet demand?

The quick answer is prob­a­bly not. The more com­plex answer is that this is the wrong question.

There will never be enough psy­chi­a­trists to address all the men­tal health needs of Cana­di­ans, nor should there be,” says Dr. David Gold­bloom, chair of the Men­tal Health Com­mis­sion of Canada. While the num­ber of psy­chi­a­trists may be one aspect to the access prob­lem, Gold­bloom thinks this argu­ment has gone stale.

The key to address­ing prob­lems with access to men­tal health ser­vices in Canada is to change how psy­chi­a­trists prac­tice. But until we do so, Gold­bloom is quick to acknowl­edge that “We’re cur­rently not doing too well.”

Accord­ing to the National Physi­cian Sur­vey, the aver­age wait time for non-urgent cases across Canada in 2010 was 11 weeks in urban areas and up to 20 weeks in rural areas. In addi­tion, only 16% of urgent patients were seen within the day. Not sur­pris­ingly, 55% of fam­ily physi­cians rated access to psy­chi­atric care as fair or poor.

http://www.cmaj.ca/site/earlyreleases/28aug13_change-of-practice-key-to-improving-patients-access-to-psychiatrists.xhtml

For Uni­ver­si­ties, Approach To Men­tal Health Ser­vices Grow­ing Slowly

Vic­to­ria Times Colonist ? Sep­tem­ber 2, 2013

As men­tal health issues have received more media atten­tion, uni­ver­si­ties have honed their approach to on-campus ser­vices, invest­ing already lim­ited dol­lars and col­lab­o­rat­ing with other insti­tu­tions. Still, progress remains slow.

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/for-universities-approach-to-mental-health-services-growing-slowly-but-steadily-1.609507

First Nations Men­tal Health Focus Of Aid Project

Jew­ish human­i­tar­ian asso­ci­a­tion Vi’ahavta will send send health experts into communities

CBC News — Sep 6, 2013

A Jew­ish human­i­tar­ian asso­ci­a­tion plans to send men­tal health experts to seven First Nations com­mu­ni­ties in north­west­ern Ontario to help.

The move is part of Ve’ahavta’s first Cana­dian project. The orga­ni­za­tion has pre­vi­ously advised health care work­ers in Guyana and Kenya.

Vi’ahavta pres­i­dent Avrum Rosensweig said this is the first time the orga­ni­za­tion will oper­ate in Canada.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/story/2013/09/06/tby-first-nations-mental-health-project.html

Spe­cial­ists in Treat­ing Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Not Immune to Fat Bias, Study Suggests

Canada.com ? Sep­tem­ber 10, 2013

Peo­ple who spe­cial­ize in treat­ing eat­ing dis­or­ders can carry some of the same anti-fat atti­tudes and “fat pho­bia” towards obese peo­ple as the rest of soci­ety, new research suggests.

In what is being described as the first look at weight bias specif­i­cally among psy­chol­o­gists, ther­a­pists, social work­ers and other men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als spe­cial­iz­ing in eat­ing dis­or­ders, Yale Uni­ver­sity researchers found a con­sid­er­able per­cent­age believe obese patients have poor self-control, no willpower, and are self-indulgent, unat­trac­tive and insecure.

http://o.canada.com/2013/09/10/specialists-in-treating-eating-disorders-not-immune-to-fat-bias-study-suggests/

ADDICTION

Phar­ma­cies, Doc­tors Fail To Stop Nar­cotic Shop­ping Spree

CBC.ca  Sep­tem­ber 2, 2013

Two sis­ters in B.C. are going pub­lic to expose what they see as a big hole in the health sys­tem after a drug addict was able use their iden­ti­ties to get thou­sands of taxpayer-funded pre­scrip­tion nar­cotic pills.

San­dra Adam­son, a cook from Sur­rey who works for the RCMP, con­tacted CBC’s Go Pub­lic because she believes the sys­tems meant to detect and stop pre­scrip­tion abuse aren’t working.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/pharmacies-doctors-fail-to-stop-narcotic-shopping-spree-1.1367684

US Hos­pi­tal to Launch 1st In-Patient Inter­net Addic­tion Program

CBC.ca  Sep­tem­ber 4, 2013

A psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal in Penn­syl­va­nia will soon open a new in-patient inter­net addic­tion pro­gram — the first of its kind in the United States or Canada.

Set to launch on Sept. 9 at the Brad­ford Regional Med­ical Cen­ter in Cen­tral Penn­syl­va­nia, the 10-day vol­un­tary pro­gram will see up to four adult patients at a time liv­ing within the hospital’s walls while work­ing to recover from what they say is a debil­i­tat­ing depen­dence on the web.

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/09/us-hospital-to-launch-1st-in-patient-internet-addiction-program.html

Links Made Between Prob­lem Gam­bling and Sub­stance Abuse, And Lack of Treat­ment Options

Sci­ence Daily — Sep­tem­ber 4, 2013

Sep. 4, 2013 ? Prob­lem gam­blers are a hid­den pop­u­la­tion among peo­ple with men­tal health or sub­stance abuse issues who often don’t get the treat­ment they need, a new study shows. Any­where from 10 to 20 per cent of peo­ple with sub­stance abuse prob­lems also have sig­nif­i­cant gam­bling prob­lem, yet few pro­grams are tar­geted at them and most social ser­vice agen­cies don’t have funds to treat them, the study’s main author says.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/09/130904105353.htm

B.C. Doc­tors Want To Pre­scribe Heroin for Selected Patients

Globe and Mail — Sep­tem­ber 8, 2013

Doc­tors in British Colum­bia are call­ing on Health Canada to per­mit pre­scrip­tion heroin for severely addicted patients exit­ing a ground­break­ing clin­i­cal trial, insist­ing a promis­ing alter­na­tive is not yet sup­ported by sci­en­tific evidence.

The calls come as the first par­tic­i­pants exit the SALOME trial, a three-year project launched by researchers from Prov­i­dence Health Care and the Uni­ver­sity of B.C. in late 2011 to deter­mine whether hydro­mor­phone, a pow­er­ful but legal opi­ate, is as effec­tive as diacetyl­mor­phine (pre­scrip­tion heroin) in help­ing severely addicted heroin users.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/bc-doctors-want-to-prescribe-heroin-for-selected-patients/article14182339/

Seniors Health­care Should Be a Fed­eral Priority

The Globe and Mail — Aug. 19 2013

Cana­di­ans have lit­tle con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of the health-care sys­tem to meet the needs of a bur­geon­ing num­ber of seniors and they are look­ing to gov­ern­ment to shift their pri­or­i­ties and come up with a coher­ent plan.

That?s the mes­sage that emerges from a new poll com­mis­sioned by the Cana­dian Med­ical Association.

The anx­i­ety Cana­di­ans have about health care in their so-called golden years is both real and well-founded,” said Anna Reid, out­go­ing pres­i­dent of the CMA.

Nation­wide, three in five respon­dents said they believed there would not be suf­fi­cient hos­pi­tal beds, long-term care and home-care ser­vices to meet demand in their golden years.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/seniors-healthcare-should-be-a-federal-priority/article13836147/

Canada ‘Way Behind’ On Home-Care Help, Patient Advo­cates Say

Already har­ried sys­tem not ready for ris­ing home-care demand

CBC News — Aug 27, 2013

When patient advo­cate Donna Davis helped a friend nav­i­gate the tran­si­tion from hos­pi­tal to home care, she encoun­tered a vex­ing problem.

Hos­pi­tal and home-care work­ers “just tell you what to do,” Davis recalls. “It’s that pater­nal­is­tic: ?We will make the deci­sion for you. We will tell you when to go home. We will tell you how to go home.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/08/26/f-community-home-care.html

Alter­na­tive Level of Care: Canada’s Hos­pi­tal Beds, the Evi­dence and Options      

Health­care Pol­icy, 9(1) August 2013

Abstract

Patients des­ig­nated as alter­na­tive level of care (ALC) are an ongo­ing con­cern for health­care pol­icy mak­ers across Canada. These patients occupy valu­able hos­pi­tal beds and limit access to acute care ser­vices. The objec­tive of this paper is to present pol­icy alter­na­tives to address under­ly­ing fac­tors asso­ci­ated with ALC bed use. Three alter­na­tives, and their respec­tive lim­i­ta­tions and struc­tural chal­lenges, are dis­cussed. Poten­tial solu­tions may require a mix of pol­icy options pro­posed here.

RESEARCH / HEALTH

Alco­hol Depen­dence, Eat­ing Dis­or­ders Asso­ci­ated With Com­mon Genes

Med­ical News Today — August 23, 2013

Peo­ple with alco­hol depen­dence may be more genet­i­cally sus­cep­ti­ble to cer­tain types of eat­ing dis­or­ders, and vice-versa, accord­ing to a study in the Sep­tem­ber issue of the Jour­nal of Stud­ies on Alco­hol and Drugs.

In a study of nearly 6,000 adult twins, researchers found that com­mon genetic fac­tors seemed to under­lie both alco­holism and cer­tain eat­ing dis­or­der symp­toms — namely, binge eat­ing and purg­ing habits, such as self-induced vom­it­ing or lax­a­tive abuse. Genes appeared to explain 38 per­cent to 53 per­cent of the risk of devel­op­ing those disorders.

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/265107.php

How the Brain Remem­bers Plea­sure: Impli­ca­tions for Addiction

Sci­ence Daily — August 25, 2013

Aug. 25, 2013 — Key details of the way nerve cells in the brain remem­ber plea­sure are revealed in a study by Uni­ver­sity of Alabama at Birm­ing­ham (UAB) researchers pub­lished today in the jour­nal Nature Neu­ro­science. The mol­e­c­u­lar events that form such “reward mem­o­ries” appear to dif­fer from those cre­ated by drug addic­tion, despite the pop­u­lar the­ory that addic­tion hijacks nor­mal reward pathways.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130825171530.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Psy­chother­apy via the Internet

eHealthNews.eu — 19 August 2013

Does psy­chother­apy via the Inter­net work? For the first time, clin­i­cal researchers from the Uni­ver­sity of Zurich have stud­ied whether online psy­chother­apy and con­ven­tional face-to-face ther­apy are equally effec­tive in exper­i­ments. Based on ear­lier stud­ies, the Zurich team assumed that the two forms of ther­apy were on a par. Not only was their the­ory con­firmed, the results for online ther­apy even exceeded their expectations.

Six ther­a­pists treated 62 patients, the major­ity of whom were suf­fer­ing from mod­er­ate depres­sion. The patients were divided into two equal groups at ran­dom and assigned to one of the ther­a­peu­tic forms. The treat­ment con­sisted of eight ses­sions with dif­fer­ent estab­lished tech­niques that stem from cog­ni­tive behav­ior ther­apy and could be car­ried out both orally and in writ­ing. Patients treated online had to per­form one pre­de­ter­mined writ­ten task per ther­apy unit — such as query­ing their own neg­a­tive self-image. They were known to the ther­a­pist by name.

Online ther­apy even more effec­tive in the medium term

In both groups, the depres­sion val­ues fell sig­nif­i­cantly,” says Pro­fes­sor Andreas Maer­cker, sum­ming up the results of the study. At the end of the treat­ment, no more depres­sion could be diag­nosed in 53 per­cent of the patients who under­went online ther­apy — com­pared to 50 per­cent for face-to-face ther­apy. Three months after com­plet­ing the treat­ment, the depres­sion in patients treated online even decreased whereas those treated con­ven­tion­ally only dis­played a min­i­mal decline: no more depres­sion could be detected in 57 per­cent of patients from online ther­apy com­pared to 42 per­cent with con­ven­tional therapy.

For both patient groups, the degree of sat­is­fac­tion with the treat­ment and ther­a­pists was more or less equally high. 96 per­cent of the patients given online ther­apy and 91 per­cent of the recip­i­ents of con­ven­tional treat­ment rated the con­tact with their ther­a­pist as “per­sonal”. In the case of online ther­apy, the patients tended to use the ther­apy con­tacts and sub­se­quent home­work very inten­sively to progress per­son­ally. For instance, they indi­cated that they had re-read the cor­re­spon­dence with their ther­a­pist from time to time. “In the medium term, online psy­chother­apy even yields bet­ter results. Our study is evi­dence that psy­chother­a­peu­tic ser­vices on the inter­net are an effec­tive sup­ple­ment to ther­a­peu­tic care,” con­cludes Maercker.

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Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

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Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

 

 

Five Steps To Being Happier And Better At Work

Strange and funny coin­ci­dence. We had just been watch­ing this psy­chol­o­gist pre­sent­ing on this topic on TedTalkes when noti­fi­ac­tion of this arti­cle came to our atten­tion! His Ted Talk is def­i­nitely worth the visit. http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html

Psy­chol­o­gist Shawn Achor has urged Aus­tralian busi­ness lead­ers to be more “ratio­nally opti­mistic” based on his find­ings that hap­pier peo­ple are more suc­cess­ful at work.

Speak­ing at the Com­mon­wealth Bank’s Wired for Won­der event in Syd­ney today, Achor explained that the human brain had the abil­ity to process 40–50 pieces of infor­ma­tion a sec­ond, but received 11 mil­lion pieces of infor­ma­tion in that timeframe.

Your brain picks and chooses a few small facts to reflect the real­ity around us,” he said, warn­ing against an overly neg­a­tive out­look where some­one might “scan the envi­ron­ment for the neg­a­tives – the has­sles, the com­plaints, the frus­tra­tions, stresses – first”.

Because our brains are lim­ited, what we attend to first in real­ity becomes our real­ity, which means their brains have no resources left over to scan real­ity for things they are grate­ful for in the present moment, mean­ing, and ways of trans­form­ing this real­ity into a bet­ter real­ity not only for us, but for other peo­ple as well.”

Here are 5 daily exer­cises that Achor rec­om­mends you try for 21 days for a more pos­i­tive mindset:

1. Write down 3 new things you’re grate­ful for every day. A 2003 exper­i­ment by US psy­chol­o­gists Robert Emmons and Michael McCul­lough found that this act of “count­ing bless­ings” made peo­ple more opti­mistic for more than 6 months.

2. Relive your best expe­ri­ences. Think of one mean­ing­ful expe­ri­ence you’ve had in the past 24 hours and spend 2 min­utes writ­ing down every detail you can remem­ber about it.

Cit­ing a 2006 exper­i­ment by Uni­ver­sity of Texas researchers Richard Slatcher and James Pen­nebaker, Achor said the exer­cise was the fastest inter­ven­tion for rais­ing people’s engagement.

The brain can’t tell the dif­fer­ence between visu­al­i­sa­tion and an actual expe­ri­ence, so you’ve lit­er­ally just dou­bled the most mean­ing­ful expe­ri­ence of your day.”

3. Spend 15 min­utes on fun, phys­i­cal activ­ity. Accord­ing to a team of researchers led by Michael Babyak in 2000, this is the equiv­a­lent to tak­ing one antidepressant.

4. Med­i­tate. Achor asked Googlers to take their hands off their key­boards for 2 min­utes a day. At the end of the exper­i­ment, he said Googlers’ were bet­ter able to focus and their lev­els of stress dropped, along with the stress lev­els of peo­ple around them.

5. Write a nice email to some­one you know. Achor rec­om­mends peo­ple spend 2 min­utes a day per­form­ing a “con­scious act of kind­ness”, like telling a friend, co-worker of fam­ily mem­ber just how great they are.

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The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

 

Home­wood Human Solutions

 

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

 

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

 

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

 

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

 

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

 

Home­wood Health Centre

 

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

 

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

 

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

 

Schlegel Vil­lages

 

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

 

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

 

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

 

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NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

Study just released! Associating job strain and lifestyle risk factors meta-analysis.

Study just released! Asso­ci­at­ing job strain and lifestyle risk fac­tors meta-analysis. Read it here first.

This month, in the Cana­dian Med­ical Jour­nal, the study “Asso­ci­a­tions of job strain and lifestyle risk fac­tors with risk of coro­nary artery dis­ease: a meta-analysis of indi­vid­ual par­tic­i­pant data” caught our eye. Just released and not reported at the time of blog­ging in any other venue, this is, in our minds, crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion. Long have claims been made in the health and well­ness arena that “man­ag­ing stress leads to bet­ter heart health” or “too much job strain can con­tribute to heart prob­lems, stroke, etc.” But we had con­clu­sive argu­ments based on var­i­ous stud­ies’ lack of mea­sure­ment stan­dards, pro­ce­dures, and in par­tic­u­lar, con­trol for con­founds (e.g. socio-economic sta­tus, cul­tural fac­tors, age, gen­der, level of job strain).

Note:

In sta­tis­tics, meta-analysis refers to pool­ing the results of dif­fer­ent stud­ies, with com­pa­ra­ble mea­sures and pro­ce­dures, to deter­mine pat­terns and “effect size” (essen­tially, the mea­sure of strength of some phen­emonon). Meta-analysis is our most reli­able method of col­lect­ing data from a wide vari­ety of stud­ies, all on the same sub­ject, and exam­in­ing the con­trast­ing results. Does some­thing stand out sig­nif­i­cantly? If we have neg­a­tive results, and pos­i­tive results, which, on aver­age, is tend­ing to be? Or is there no reli­able, sig­nif­i­cant rela­tion­ship at all?

Meta-analysis is a de facto stan­dard of good research and when Home­wood Human Solu­tions encoun­ters such a her­culean effort in a domain rife with unsup­ported claims and/or con­tra­dic­tory results, our ears perk up and we inves­ti­gate deeply.

The con­clu­sions of this study give us rea­son to be con­fi­dent in mak­ing these claims of job strain/stress/physical well-being…the results find a remark­ably strong effect size across 7 cohort stud­ies, col­lect­ing data from more than 100,000 par­tic­i­pants. All with appro­pri­ately com­pre­hen­sive and spe­cific mea­sures of job strain. All proper mea­sures of health and well­ness lifestyle risk fac­tors (specif­i­cally: phys­i­cal inac­tiv­ity, heavy drink­ing and obe­sity, cur­rent smok­ing). And con­trol­ling for poten­tially con­found­ing vari­ables that may oth­er­wise account for a lot of the vari­ance we find (cul­ture, socio-economic sta­tus, age, gen­der, etc.).

And the mea­sures of phys­i­cal well-being, specif­i­cally risk of coro­nary artery dis­ease, were equally sound and gen­er­ated from a med­ical stan­dards per­spec­tive of inter­na­tional diag­nos­tic cat­e­go­riza­tion: inci­dent of coro­nary artery dis­ease defined as “first non­fa­tal myocar­dial infarc­tion or cardiac-related death” (World Health Orga­ni­za­tion Multi­na­tional Mon­i­tor­ing of Trends and Deter­mi­nants in Car­dio­vas­cu­lar and Dis­ease cri­te­ria, and ICD-9 code categorization).

 In short, the results?

Not every­one met the strict cri­te­ria for the study but of the 102,000 + (!) par­tic­i­pants, the risk of coro­nary artery dis­ease was twice as high in par­tic­i­pants who reported job strain and an unhealthy lifestyle as those with lit­tle job strain and a healthy lifestyle. Twice!

We will con­vey with con­fi­dence mov­ing for­ward: healthy lifestyle and man­age­able job strain are key to avoid­ing unhealthy car­dio­vas­cu­lar events (i.e. poor heart health). And those lifestyle fac­tors of import are cur­rent smok­ing, being over­weight or con­sum­ing too much alco­hol, and being phys­i­cally inactive.

 

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The Healthy Work­places blog is brought to you by Home­wood Human Solu­tions. We are part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion with a focus on men­tal health and addic­tions, employee and fam­ily assis­tance, dis­abil­ity man­age­ment, and long-term care for older adults. How can we help?

Home­wood Human Solutions

Nation­wide EFAP and Dis­abil­ity Pro­grams

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Program

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Home­wood Health Centre

Nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion facil­i­ties

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Schlegel Vil­lages

Con­tin­uum of care facil­i­ties for older adults (long-term care and retire­ment homes)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Have you vis­ited our Pin­ter­est site? We have many, many more info­graph­ics to peruse. Have a look here!

We’re on Google Plus!


Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

 

APA Survey Finds US Employers Unresponsive to Employee Needs

A March 2013 report on a new sur­vey from the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Association’s Cen­ter for Orga­ni­za­tional Excel­lence (http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2013/03/employee-needs.aspx) has some find­ings that our blog read­ers may find rel­e­vant and infor­ma­tive for their work­place employee sup­port prac­tices. Notably, the following.

  1. Less than half of work­ing Amer­i­cans reported that they receive ade­quate mon­e­tary com­pen­sa­tion or non-monetary recognition.
  2. Only 43 per­cent said that recog­ni­tion is based on fair per­for­mance evaluations.
  3. Less than half said their employ­ers ‘hear’ them by seek­ing input, and only 37% of employ­ees said employ­ers take action on this feedback.
  4. Less than half of employ­ees sur­veyed said that there were resources to sup­port their men­tal health needs (and fewer still, 36%, said that there were resources to sup­port man­ag­ing stress).

Says Nor­man B. Ander­son, PhD, CEO of the APA:

This isn’t just an HR or man­age­ment issue. The well-being of an organization’s work­force is a strate­gic busi­ness imper­a­tive that is linked to its per­for­mance and success.

For women, the office is not “a level play­ing field”

The sur­vey fur­ther inves­ti­gated how female employ­ees per­ceived the work envi­ron­ment. Sum­ma­riz­ing the results:

  1. Forty-eight per­cent of women felt less val­ued than men.
  2. Fewer employed women than men reported that their employer pro­vides suf­fi­cient oppor­tu­ni­ties for inter­nal career advance­ment (35 % ver­sus 43%) or resources to help them man­age stress (34% ver­sus 38%).
  3. More women than men said they “typ­i­cally feel tense or stressed out at work” (37% ver­sus 33%).

Work-Life Fit?

In terms of work-life bal­ance, the sur­vey results revealed:

  1. Only 52% of work­ers believe employ­ers value work-life balance.
  2. Only 39% of work­ers reported that their employ­ers pro­vide options for flex­i­ble work.
  3. Sur­pris­ingly per­haps? Thirty-seven per­cent of women reported reg­u­larly using employee ben­e­fits designed to help them meet work-life demands (whereas almost half of male work­ers reported tak­ing advan­tage of these ben­e­fits); and just 38% of women said they reg­u­larly uti­lize work arrange­ments, com­pared to 42% of men.

Con­clud­ing the report, David W. Bal­lard, PsyD, MBA head of APA’s Cen­ter for Orga­ni­za­tional Excel­lence, comments:

When employ­ers acknowl­edge that employ­ees have respon­si­bil­i­ties and lives out­side of work, they can take steps to pro­mote a good work-life fit and help indi­vid­u­als bet­ter man­age these mul­ti­ple demands…Forward-thinking orga­ni­za­tions are reeval­u­at­ing work prac­tices, pro­vid­ing employ­ees with resources that sup­port well-being and per­for­mance and apply­ing new tech­nolo­gies that help shift work from some­where we go from 9-to-5 to some­thing we do that is mean­ing­ful and cre­ates value.

 
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About Home­wood

For more than 129 years, Home­wood has been a cor­ner­stone of Cana­dian addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment. We save lives. We have helped thou­sands of Cana­di­ans for decades to cope with the dev­as­tat­ing effects of men­tal ill­ness and addic­tion. Founded in 1883, we are renowned for the qual­ity of our treat­ment, our med­ical integrity, and the breadth and depth of our inter­dis­ci­pli­nary team.

Home­wood is part of Schlegel Health Care, a family-owned health care orga­ni­za­tion based in Kitch­ener, Ontario, that incor­po­rates three other entities:

Home­wood Human Solu­tions (www.homewoodhumansolutions.com)

Home­wood Human Solu­tions™ offers a one-of-a-kind approach to the mar­ket: the high­est qual­ity of clin­i­cal sup­port and inter­ven­tion avail­able within the EFAP indus­try, and an unmatched con­tin­uum of ser­vices — span­ning health pro­mo­tion, men­tal health and addic­tions treat­ment, and prevention-focused work-life coun­selling services.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre (www.homewood.org)

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is Canada’s unsur­passed med­ical leader in addic­tion and men­tal health treat­ment, pro­vid­ing highly spe­cial­ized psy­chi­atric ser­vices to all Cana­di­ans. We are a 312-bed, Sched­ule 1 facil­ity under the Ontario Men­tal Health Act. We oper­ate nine pro­grams treat­ing a range of men­tal health and addic­tion issues.

Home­wood Health Cen­tre is located in Guelph, Ontario.

Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (www.homewood.org/disability-treatment-program)

Effec­tive dis­abil­ity man­age­ment for men­tal ill­ness must go beyond “man­ag­ing” dis­abil­ity to include both inpa­tient and out­pa­tient treat­ment. Treat­ment goals must incor­po­rate strate­gies for suc­cess­ful work rein­te­gra­tion to min­i­mize recur­rence and relapse.

The Home­wood Dis­abil­ity Treat­ment Pro­gram (HDTP) com­bines the ser­vices avail­able through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre – a nation­ally rec­og­nized men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment cen­tre with the best national net­work of skilled men­tal health and addic­tion treat­ment pro­fes­sion­als through Home­wood Human Solu­tionsTM.

Schlegel Vil­lages (www.schlegelvillages.com)

Schlegel Vil­lages are designed, built and man­aged by the Schlegel fam­ily of Kitch­ener, Ontario. Our motto: “It Takes a Vil­lage to Care” lives on.

Cana­dian owned and oper­ated, our Vil­lages ben­e­fit from the Schlegel fam­ily hav­ing over 40 years of direct expe­ri­ence co-owning, man­ag­ing and oper­at­ing Long Term Care and Retire­ment Com­mu­ni­ties in Ontario. There are eleven Schlegel Vil­lages hous­ing approx­i­mately 2500 seniors. Each Vil­lage has a Long Term Care com­po­nent, with Full Ser­vice Retire­ment Liv­ing, Assisted Care, Mem­ory Care and Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing options being added in stages. The first Schlegel Vil­lage opened in 1998 in Guelph.

Com­ments? Thoughts or resources to share?

.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

 

Psychological Health in the Workplace Conference March 17–20 Banff, AB

Announc­ing “Psy­cho­log­i­cal Health in the Work­place” 45th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Behav­ioural ScienceScience.

From the con­fer­ence description:

…our soci­ety has devoted rel­a­tively lit­tle atten­tion to men­tal health in the workplace…recent con­sid­er­able advances in the behav­ioural and social sci­ences must be brought to bear upon these challenges…complemented by a rapidly devel­op­ing arma­men­tar­ium of effec­tive, evidence-based pre­ven­tion, treat­ment and eval­u­a­tion procedures.

Tak­ing place Marc 17–20, 2013 in astound­ingly beau­ti­ful Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Reg­is­ter online at: www.banffcentre.ca/conferences/2013/BVS1303/

 

 

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NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Human Solu­tions, unless oth­er­wise iden­ti­fied. We bring this infor­ma­tion for­ward in the inter­ests of openly shar­ing val­ued infor­ma­tion in this time of fast-growing online con­ver­sa­tions and knowledge.

Days away! The 2012 Better Workplace Conference

Inter­ested in cre­at­ing a pos­i­tive, vibrant work­place envi­ron­ment, Home­wood Human Solu­tions is excited to announce the 16th Annual Bet­ter Work­place Con­fer­ence, tak­ing place in Van­cou­ver, BC.

Many of you may know the con­fer­ence by its pre­vi­ous name (the Health, Work, and Well­ness Con­fer­ence) and are undoubt­edly expect­ing this year’s event to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever. Well, you won’t be disappointed!

Among this year’s topics:

  • lead­ing trans­for­ma­tional change;
  • well­ness and resilience solutions;
  • spirit at work;
  • trends in the role of EFAPs in orga­ni­za­tional health;
  • main­tain­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity dur­ing orga­ni­za­tional change;
  • liv­ing our values;
  • health care con­sumerism pre­ven­tion, pro­mo­tion, and accountability;
  • cre­at­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal safety in the workplace;
  • lead­er­ship and mindfulness.

In addi­tion, the con­fer­ence will have three dis­tinct streams of pre­sen­ta­tions based on emerg­ing orga­ni­za­tional health challenges:

  1. Trans­form­ing com­plex change (main­tain­ing high per­form­ing work­place cul­tures when employee demo­graph­ics are under­go­ing major shifts);
  2. healthy minds (human and orga­ni­za­tional resilience); and
  3. lead­er­ship tool­box (rapid adap­ta­tion, strate­gic think­ing, people-centered communication).

Home­wood Human Solu­tions is proud to be a repeat spon­sor and part­ner of the Bet­ter Work­place Conference.

Reg­is­ter now for The Bet­ter Work­place Con­fer­ence 2012. Online reg­is­tra­tion is here.

When: Octo­ber 16–18, 2012

Where: Fair­mont Hotel, Van­cou­ver, BC

 

 

Tools for Making the Business Case for Investments in Workplace Health and Wellness

Health and well­ness pro­grams are almost a given in most orga­ni­za­tions, but, accord­ing to The Con­fer­ence Board of Canada, Cana­dian employ­ers are in an incip­i­ent stage of actu­ally mea­sur­ing the return on invest­ment (ROI) that these pro­gram generate.

In a break­through approach, the Con­fer­ence Board of Canada has pub­lished a report that pro­vides orga­ni­za­tions of all sizes, in an objec­tive and non-partisan way, with advice, tools, and an eval­u­a­tion frame­work on how to mea­sure the health and well­ness pro­grams return on invest­ment (ROI).

It is known that invest­ments in health and well­ness pro­grams can lead to higher pro­duc­tiv­ity, moti­vated employ­ees, a thriv­ing orga­ni­za­tional cul­ture, as well as reduce ben­e­fit costs, absen­teeism and pre­sen­teeism.  By uti­liz­ing a reli­able ROI cal­cu­la­tor, orga­ni­za­tions can bet­ter tar­get their invest­ments to the health con­di­tions most preva­lent in their work­force and to areas where their employ­ees are more sus­cep­ti­ble to change. In addi­tion, hav­ing a snap­shot of pro­gram out­comes, employ­ers can bet­ter allo­cate funds and deter­mine which health and well­ness com­po­nents are crit­i­cal for the suc­cess of their program.

Home­wood Human Solu­tions is one of the spon­sors of this report which is avail­able through The Con­fer­ence Board’s web site.

The French ver­sion of the report will be avail­able by August.

For more infor­ma­tion about the report and how to obtain a copy, click here.

 

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