Open plan offices rates as ‘unhealthiest’ work environments

Find­ings from a recent Canada research fojnd that over a quar­ter of employ­ees say their work­ing envi­ron­ment pro­motes stress.

When asked to rank how easy it was to be healthy in their work­ing environment:

  • employ­ees scored their work­places an aver­age of 6.3 out of 10,
  • open plan offices received a 6.1 rating
  • employ­ees who mostly worked from home rat­ing their envi­ron­ment at 8.1.
  • Many office-based work­ers favoured the idea of out­side areas in the work­place as well as health ben­e­fits, with a third of pri­vate office work­ers (33%) and 32% of open plan office work­ers say­ing they would like an out­side seat­ing area to get fresh air or stretch their legs.
  • Office work­ing also appeared to encour­age unhealthy eat­ing pat­terns, with 19% admit­ting to eat­ing lunch at their desk as they did not have time to eat a proper lunch.
  • 28% of respon­dents work­ing in open plan offices said that their work­ing envi­ron­ment caused stress (5% of home work­ers say­ing this was the case).
  • The find­ings also indi­cated that office work­ing envi­ron­ments were more likely to induce headaches and other ill­nesses, with over a third (34%) of employ­ees in open plan offices say­ing that they suf­fered from a lack of fresh air.

When asked about pos­si­ble solutions:

  •  38% of respon­dents said they would like to have healthy liv­ing or weight loss clubs available
  • 22% said they would like to see an employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­gram offered.

Canada Life mar­ket­ing direc­tor Paul Avis commented:

We spend the major­ity of our time at work, so it’s not sur­pris­ing that the type of envi­ron­ment you work in can have such a sig­nif­i­cant impact on your health and well­be­ing. Employ­ers have a duty to ensure they are pro­vid­ing an appro­pri­ate and com­fort­able work­space and encour­age their employ­ees to take reg­u­lar breaks away from their desks. With ill­ness already prone to spread­ing in office envi­ron­ments, it’s cru­cial to offer a work­space that cul­ti­vates good health and well­be­ing rather than dam­ages it. It’s par­tic­u­larly con­cern­ing that a quar­ter of employ­ees feel their men­tal well­be­ing is being neg­a­tively affected by their work envi­ron­ment: stress is a major cause of long-term absence and can be hugely detri­men­tal to both employee and employer.”

 


About Home­wood Health

Home­wood Health is the Cana­dian leader in men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices. With over 130 years of expe­ri­ence, we achieve out­stand­ing out­comes every day through our national net­work of nearly 4,000 employ­ees and clin­i­cal experts, and through the Home­wood Health Cen­tre — one of Canada’s largest and lead­ing facil­i­ties for med­ical treat­ment of men­tal health and addic­tion dis­or­ders. Our com­plete suite of ser­vices includes orga­ni­za­tional well­ness, employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­grams, assess­ments, out­pa­tient and inpa­tient treat­ment, recov­ery man­age­ment, return to work and fam­ily sup­port ser­vices, cus­tomized to meet the spe­cial­ized needs of indi­vid­u­als and orga­ni­za­tions. Home­wood Health is redefin­ing men­tal health and addic­tion ser­vices to help Cana­di­ans live health­ier, more pro­duc­tive and more ful­fill­ing lives.

NOTE: The con­tent and opin­ions offered in Healthy Work­places blog posts do not nec­es­sar­ily reflect the for­mal stance of Home­wood Health, 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.

 

 

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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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!

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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.

 

Employers play a critical role in de-stigmatizing mental illness

In the Octo­ber 2013 issue of Ben­e­fits Canada our own Judith Plotkin pro­vides com­men­tary on the crit­i­cal role employ­ers play in de-stigmatizing men­tal illness.

From the arti­cle, Judith notes:

Accord­ing to the Cana­dian Men­tal Health Asso­ci­a­tion (CMHA), stigma is a result of neg­a­tive stereo­types around men­tal ill­ness that con­tinue to be rein­forced in the media, which often depict the men­tally ill as vio­lent and unpre­dictable. In the work­place, employ­ees view col­leagues liv­ing with men­tal health con­di­tions with sus­pi­cion and ques­tion their capa­bil­i­ties, which can result in these employ­ees being over­looked for promotions.

A 2007 Ipsos Reid study found that 79% of North Amer­i­can work­ers think peo­ple would hide the fact that they had a men­tal ill­ness from their employ­ers to avoid hurt­ing poten­tial career oppor­tu­ni­ties. Almost 50% believe that if an employee is absent as a result of his or her men­tal ill­ness, he or she is likely to “get into trou­ble and maybe even fired.” And a sur­vey con­ducted in the United States found that more than half of employ­ers would be hes­i­tant to hire a per­son who is men­tally ill, while one-quarter would dis­miss an employee who had not dis­closed the ill­ness. It’s not sur­pris­ing, then, that the major­ity of peo­ple with a men­tal health con­di­tion keep quiet and don’t divulge their health sta­tus to their employers.

Depres­sion is the most preva­lent men­tal ill­ness. In fact, the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion has indi­cated that depres­sion is one of the world’s lead­ing causes of dis­abil­ity, with more than 350 mil­lion peo­ple of all ages cur­rently liv­ing with the ill­ness world­wide. For­tu­nately, depres­sion is extremely respon­sive to treatment—usually med­ica­tion, coun­selling or both. Once help is sought, 80% of peo­ple make pos­i­tive improve­ments allow­ing them to return to their reg­u­lar activ­i­ties, accord­ing to the CMHA. Yet many peo­ple do not seek help: they think they will sim­ply “snap out of it” or, because of the stigma, they are too embar­rassed to ask for it.

The longer depres­sion goes untreated, the harder it becomes to treat.

Depres­sion is also strik­ing younger and younger peo­ple: 3.2 mil­lion Cana­di­ans ages 12 to 19 are at risk for devel­op­ing depres­sion, accord­ing to the CMHA. In today’s increas­ingly com­pet­i­tive global econ­omy, Cana­dian busi­nesses can­not afford to lose skilled employ­ees in their prime work­ing years.

What the Num­bers Say

Judith quotes some dis­tress­ing num­bers in her com­men­tary. Specifically:

The 2011 Con­fer­ence Board of Canada study Build­ing Men­tally Healthy Work­places reveals the extent and preva­lence of men­tal health issues in the work­place. Of the more than 1,000 Cana­di­ans sur­veyed, 44% reported that they were cur­rently expe­ri­enc­ing (12%) or had pre­vi­ously expe­ri­enced (32%) a men­tal health issue. (This was based on a broad def­i­n­i­tion that included exces­sive stress, anx­i­ety, depres­sion, burnout, addic­tion and sub­stance abuse, mania, bipo­lar dis­or­der and schiz­o­phre­nia, among others.)

That sur­pris­ing fig­ure is behind esca­lat­ing ben­e­fits costs and dis­abil­ity claims. In the 2011 Con­fer­ence Board study, 78% of short-term dis­abil­ity claims and 67% of long-term dis­abil­ity claims in Canada were related to men­tal health issues. Cana­dian gov­ern­ment fig­ures show that more hos­pi­tal days are used by peo­ple with men­tal ill­nesses than are used by peo­ple with can­cer and heart dis­ease com­bined. A report by the Cana­dian Alliance on Men­tal Ill­ness and Men­tal Health stated that “depres­sion will be the sin­gle most expen­sive cause of lost work­place pro­duc­tiv­ity due to dis­abil­ity by 2020.” That’s just seven years away.

Eras­ing the Stigma

Judith notes “It’s not easy to change deeply entrenched atti­tudes toward men­tal ill­ness, but employ­ers can cer­tainly make inroads with their work­force. Doing so requires a corporate-wide strat­egy involv­ing lead­er­ship, man­age­r­ial skills, work­place cul­ture, and edu­ca­tion and communication.”

Four areas of focus in eras­ing stigma are, all of which need to be reviewed, sus­tained and reg­u­larly refined over time.according to main­tain the effec­tive­ness of ongo­ing men­tal health ini­tia­tives in eras­ing stigma and pro­mot­ing good men­tal health. Judith iden­ti­fies these areas as follows:

Lead­er­ship.

Change begins at the top; there­fore, endorse­ment and sup­port from senior lead­ers is essen­tial. Top man­age­ment must demon­strate lead­er­ship not only in pro­mot­ing good men­tal health but also in sup­port­ing employ­ees who are expe­ri­enc­ing men­tal health chal­lenges. Active endorse­ment and sup­port from unions and other employee asso­ci­a­tions also helps trans­form ideas into action.

Man­age­r­ial skills.

Man­agers are on the front lines of orga­ni­za­tional health and well-being. Not only are they able to iden­tify pro­duc­tiv­ity and behav­ioural issues early, they’re also instru­men­tal in sup­port­ing and accom­mo­dat­ing team mem­bers with phys­i­cal and men­tal ill­nesses and chal­lenges. Man­agers often set the tone for their team and directly influ­ence lev­els of stigma. While some man­agers are well informed about men­tal health issues, they often feel ill-equipped to dis­cuss these issues with employ­ees.  Pro­vid­ing appro­pri­ate and ongo­ing train­ing for man­agers at all lev­els to help them deal with men­tal health issues and under­stand how they can guide employ­ees to the appro­pri­ate resources is one of the most impor­tant ini­tia­tives that an orga­ni­za­tion can under­take. Most employee and fam­ily assis­tance pro­grams (EFAPs) offer this training.

Work­place culture.

Cre­at­ing an orga­ni­za­tional cul­ture that is truly inclu­sive and sup­port­ive of all employ­ees takes time but begins sim­ply by ask­ing a few ques­tions. Is there a company-wide pol­icy in place to pro­mote good men­tal and phys­i­cal health in the work­place? In addi­tion to pre­ven­tive mea­sures, there should be poli­cies and pro­to­cols in place that sup­port an employee with a men­tal ill­ness to return to work or stay at work. The work­place offers many pos­i­tive oppor­tu­ni­ties and resources that can help employ­ees recover or cope bet­ter: a sup­port­ive social net­work, feel­ings of self-worth, and access to EFAPs, return-to-work sup­port and other health and well­ness programs.

Edu­ca­tion and communication.

Edu­ca­tion is per­haps the most pow­er­ful weapon in fight­ing stereo­types or mis­in­for­ma­tion. Employ­ers can increase men­tal health lit­er­acy through work­shops, sem­i­nars, and lunch and learns, as well as through printed and web-based arti­cles and per­sonal sto­ries. Man­agers need to encour­age team mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in edu­ca­tion and train­ing ses­sions and can fur­ther show their com­mit­ment by attend­ing these ses­sions with their direct reports. The company’s EFAP—as well as orga­ni­za­tions such as the CMHA, the Mood Dis­or­ders Soci­ety of Canada and the Cana­dian Health Network—can also pro­vide a wealth of mate­ri­als and support.

The impor­tance of men­tal health benefits

Finally, Judith notes:

In Canada’s health­care sys­tem, indi­vid­u­als who seek care for men­tal health issues typ­i­cally rely on an often-confusing array of providers, and nav­i­gat­ing these providers to find appro­pri­ate care is a chal­lenge. While men­tal ill­ness is an increas­ing cost dri­ver for employ­ers, pro­grams have not kept up with the spi­ralling needs of today’s employees.”

The impor­tance of robust men­tal health ben­e­fits as part of an organization’s over­all approach to health will become increas­ingly impor­tant. Many employ­ees find that get­ting help is just too hard, and some aren’t aware of the resources avail­able to them. Employ­ees need to know the ben­e­fits and ser­vices that their employer offers. This com­mu­ni­ca­tion should be an ongo­ing part of an organization’s over­all men­tal health ben­e­fits strat­egy. EFAPs, psy­cho­log­i­cal and psy­chi­atric con­sul­ta­tions, men­tal health assess­ments, com­plex claims sup­port from men­tal health pro­fes­sion­als, and work­place facil­i­ta­tion and medi­a­tion pro­grams are all ele­ments of a com­pre­hen­sive approach.

Judith Plotkin is vice-president, strate­gic oper­a­tions, with Home­wood Human Solutions.

For a PDF from Ben­e­fits Canada, click here.

Orig­i­nal source arti­cle here.

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How can we help?

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!

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.

 

Do you have our Healthy Workplaces Kit?

Healthy Workplace KitFor Canada’s Healthy Work­place month, Home­wood Human Solu­tions is sup­port­ing employ­ers by offer­ing a free Healthy Work­place Kit.

The goals of Healthy Work­place Month are to increase aware­ness of a com­pre­hen­sive approach to work­place health in Canada. The weekly themes for this year are:

Week 1: Safe Work­places
Week 2: Healthy Bod­ies
Week 3: Sup­port­ive Work­place Cul­tures
Week 4: Hav­ing Fun at Home and Work

A healthy work­place is mul­ti­di­men­sional. Under­stand­ing the impor­tance of per­sonal health (ade­quate sleep and rec­og­niz­ing stress, for exam­ple), prac­tic­ing fit­ness at work, hav­ing open com­mu­ni­ca­tion and doing things that con­tribute to a pos­i­tive work envi­ron­ment are impor­tant to achiev­ing well­ness and for keep­ing Canada’s work­places healthy.

To obtain your com­pli­men­tary, no strings attached kit (not even an email address required!), click here.

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How can we help?

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!

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.

 

It’s Healthy Workplace Month!

Octo­ber is Canada’s Healthy Work­place Month.

Take action now to raise aware­ness about men­tal health in the work­place. Together, we can all help to elim­i­nate the stigma asso­ci­ated with men­tal ill­ness. We can work to cre­ate a safer, more sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment to pre­vent psy­cho­log­i­cal harm and to enable the return to work of those who are recov­er­ing from an ill­ness. (Source: Canada’s healthy work­place month)

This month we are going to be keep­ing you informed of issues affect­ing men­tal health, ways to stay men­tally healthy, and var­i­ous other top­ics with link­age to men­tal health in the workplace.

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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!

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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.

 

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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How can we help?

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!

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.

 

 

 

 

Improving worker health: Conference report. Part 2

The fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion is sourced from the APA Mon­i­tor report on the 10th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Occu­pa­tional Stress and Health 2013.

As noted in yesterday’s blog­ging post

Peo­ple come to work with an under­stand­ing that they are going to fol­low direc­tions, take instruc­tions, be part of a team and learn new skills…It’s really a per­fect place for health interventions.

So com­mented L. Casey Chose­wood, MD, senior med­ical offi­cer at NIOSH at the 10th Inter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Occu­pa­tional Stress and Health that was held May 16–19 of this year. With more than 770 par­tic­i­pants from 39 coun­tries gath­ered in LA to dis­cuss the lat­est research on ways to improve worker health. This year’s theme: Pro­mot­ing and Pro­tect­ing Total Worker Health.

Orga­nized by the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion (APA), National Insti­tute for Occu­pa­tional Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Soci­ety for Occu­pa­tional Health Psy­chol­ogy, the con­fer­ence brings together par­tic­i­pants work­ing towards shap­ing this grow­ing field.

Today’s blog is the sec­ond part of a two-part report on some high­lights we regard as crit­i­cal take-aways from the conference.

High­lights

1. Pro­mot­ing men­tal health in the workplace

Any improve­ment to men­tal health in the work­place must (1) com­bine reduc­ing work-related risk fac­tors for men­tal health prob­lems, (2) pro­mote pos­i­tive ele­ments of work, and (3) address men­tal health prob­lems among work­ing peo­ple regard­less of the under­ly­ing cause. So reports Anthony LaM­on­tagne, SCD of the Uni­ver­sity of Melbourne’s School of Pop­u­la­tion and Global Health in the open­ing ple­nary ses­sion. Anx­i­ety, depres­sion, and other men­tal health prob­lems were dis­cussed in their rela­tion­ship to work­ing con­di­tions. The main tenet being that any inter­ven­tion to improve men­tal health in the work­place needs to com­bine these three components.

a. Men­tal health inter­ven­tions should pro­mote pos­i­tive ele­ments of work.

Most peo­ple derive some mean­ing or sat­is­fac­tion from work…We don’t do a good enough job try­ing to build up the pos­i­tives” said LaM­on­tagne, fur­ther not­ing that peo­ple craw self-esteem and effi­cacy from their work, regard­less of the type of job.

b. Regard­less of cause (work, home, or some com­bi­na­tion thereof), employ­ers must address men­tal health prob­lems among their work­ing population.

By assist­ing employ­ees to seek pro­fes­sional help, the orga­ni­za­tion and the employee will benefit.

LaM­on­tagne notes that employ­ers have been fairly accept­ing of work­place men­tal health pro­mo­tion pro­grams but these con­cerns stem pri­mar­ily from absen­teeism and pro­duc­tiv­ity issues. But less so when it comes to address­ing job stress issues. Rather than see this as an obsta­cle, LaM­on­tagne calls upon those of us con­cerned about address­ing men­tal health, job stress issues, and opti­miz­ing work prac­tices, to “ride on the coat­tails of men­tal health promotion.”

2. Job inse­cu­rity and acci­dent under-reporting

“Work­ers feel their jobs are inse­cure, they are less likely to report acci­dents and injuries.”

So hypoth­e­sizes Tahira Probst, PhD, from Wash­ing­ton State Uni­ver­sity. Probst stud­ies both job inse­cu­rity and the safety cli­mate of orga­ni­za­tions. She pre­sented results of a recent study inves­ti­gat­ing the inter­sec­tion of those two inter­ests. Three mil­lion work-related injuries and ill­nesses are reported in the United States each year, but some stud­ies have found more than three-quarters of work­place injuries go unreported.

After sur­vey­ing 1265 work­ers in 27 orga­ni­za­tions from a vari­ety of sec­tors, Probst con­firmed that as job secu­rity went down the num­ber of unre­ported injuries climbed. Whereas orga­ni­za­tions with a pos­i­tive safety cli­mate (e.g. reward­ing safe behav­iours, enact­ing food safety train­ing, mak­ing employ­ees feel com­fort­able rais­ing issues to man­agers) had lower rates of under-reporting.

In short, she demon­strated that a pos­i­tive safety cli­mate could over­come the effect of high job inse­cu­rity on acci­dent under-reporting.

And while not­ing that job secu­rity can’t always be improved, Probst com­mented that orga­ni­za­tions can always take steps to improve the company’s over­all com­mit­ment to safety.

3. The gap between pol­icy and practice

When it comes to for­mal poli­cies and man­age­ment stan­dards, organ­i­sa­tions may say one thing but do another…Companies may espouse excel­lent safety prac­tices but cut cor­ners in real­ity if those pro­ce­dures under­mine the bot­tom line…unsurprisingly employ­ees are quick to pick up on this ‘decou­pling’ of pol­icy and practice.

This, accord­ing to Dov Zohar, PhD, at Tech­nion Insti­tute in Haifa, Israel.

Zohor dis­cussed an inter­ven­tion designed to reduce the dis­crep­ancy between for­mal poli­cies and man­age­ment stan­dards (say­ing one thing while doing another).

Zohar ran­domly divided a heavy-industry man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nys 28 depart­ments into con­trol and exper­i­men­tal groups. He asked work­ers in both groups to take sur­veys mea­sur­ing safety cli­mate, safety behav­ior, and teamwork.

Dur­ing the 12-week inter­ven­tion phase, super­vi­sors in the exper­i­men­tal group were given feed­back about the rat­ings they received from employ­ees who com­pleted these sur­veys. With coach­ing to help under­stand the feed­back and set goals for com­mu­ni­cat­ing with employ­ees, he found that safety mea­sures sig­nif­i­cantly improved in those depart­ments that received the feedback.

Zohar con­cluded that his study demon­strated the impor­tance of fre­quent com­mu­ni­ca­tion between super­vi­sors and work­ers and that such inter­ven­tions could improve safety cli­mates in any num­ber of orga­ni­za­tions and, quite pos­si­bly, extrap­o­late to areas other than safety (e.g. ethics cli­mate, diver­sity, etc).

4. Effec­tive­ness of job-search interventions

As employ­ment has risen in recent years, job-search train­ing pro­grams have flour­ished. Stud­ies have found large vari­a­tions in these pro­grams’ effec­tive­ness and few researchers are report­edly tak­ing a big-picture view of the literature.

Songqui Liu, PhD of Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity exam­ined 47 stud­ies of var­i­ous job-search inter­ven­tions to draw broad con­clu­sions about the ingre­di­ents of a suc­cess­ful pro­gram over­all find­ing the inter­ven­tions help­ful.  He com­mented “if you have a blend of [these] tech­niques in your train­ing pro­gram, you’re likely to see the max­i­mum benefits.”

How­ever, job seek­ers are diverse, includ­ing older work­ers who ay ben­e­fit from more pro­grams that teach skills such as using the tech­nol­ogy with skill.

Over­all, Liu found the inter­ven­tions were helpful:

  1. The odds of land­ing a job were 2.67 times higher for job seek­ers who par­tic­i­pated than those who did not.
  2. The most suc­cess­ful pro­grams com­bined skill devel­op­ment (e.g. cre­at­ing a resume, net­work­ing) and moti­va­tion enhance­ment (e.g. set­ting real­is­tic goals).
  3. Older work­ers may ben­e­fit from pro­grams that teach skills (e.g. using the inter­net effec­tively) whereas younger work­ers might get more out of pro­grams that teach net­work­ing or inter­view­ing tips.
  4. The results are not only applic­a­ble to job hunters and career coun­selors but any job-search train­ing pro­grams (e.g. community-based).

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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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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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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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How can we help?

 

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!

 

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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.