4 Tips to Get Back to Work After Summer Holidays

Just the other day, you were lying on the beach without a care in the world, soaking up the sun. Today, you’re sitting at your desk under a fluorescent light with a long to-do list. Here’s how to manage the transition without feeling overwhelmed.

1. Respond only to important emails Instead of reading and responding to emails in chronological order, read the important ones first and respond only if necessary.

2. Keep conversations short Have a quick chat with a colleague to find out where the team is and what needs to be prioritized. But avoid the temptation to end that chat with a 30-minute conversation about your vacation. Limit it to five or 10 minutes— otherwise, you’ll have less time for time-sensitive tasks, which will increase your stress.

3. Avoid meetings Meetings and events can steal huge chunks of your time, so avoid them on your first and possibly second day after work, if you can. Be ruthless with your time, eliminating less-essential tasks and focusing on more urgent ones.

4. Leave on time On your first day back, it may be tempting to stay late to catch up. But don’t do it: if you’ve been strategic and disciplined about tackling tasks and emails, you should be in good shape. Just as you should strive to do your best on the job, you should also be disciplined about protecting your time outside of work to avoid burnout.


Goodbye, gluten…or not

Many people think they have an intolerance to gluten, the protein found in rye, barley and wheat. But chances are, they don’t.

A recent study by the University of L’Aquila in Italy examined 392 patients who complained of gluten-related symptoms— such as abdominal pain and bloating—and self-identified as gluten-sensitive.

During the two-year clinical trial, patients consumed gluten for a certain period, eliminated it and then reintroduced it so researchers could determine if they actually had a gluten-related condition.

As it turned out, only 0.51% of patients suffered from a wheat allergy and 6.63% had Celiac disease, which causes damage to the small intestine’s lining when gluten is consumed. Another 6.88% had non- Celiac gluten sensitivity—a condition in which patients exhibit Celiac-diseaselike symptoms but don’t have the same antibodies and intestinal damage brought by that disease.

The overwhelming majority of patients who went gluten-free, 85.96%, didn’t experience any change in symptoms.

How can employers help those who do have gluten issues? Before hosting meetings and events with food, ask if any attendees have special dietary requirements. Also, if you have an on-site cafeteria, make sure it offers gluten-free options.


Calgary Drug Trends Summit
Oct. 29, 2015
Downtown Marriott Hotel, Calgary

Benefits plan sponsors are increasingly concerned about conditions such as hepatitis C, diabetes and cancer, along with the costs to manage and treat them.

This half-day event will discuss what new treatments are on the horizon and how they will impact drug plan sponsors. It will also focus on the role biologics and subsequent-entry biologics could play from a cost-versus-value perspective, as well as new trends in drug plan management.

Find more information on this and other industry events at benefitscanada.com/conferences

Top 10 Childish Behaviours at Work

“But I only snort cocaine in my spare time…”

U.S. employees recently polled by CareerBuilder were asked to name the type of childish behaviours they’ve observed at work. Here are their top 10 picks.

1. Whining: 55%

2. Pouting over something that didn’t go his or her way: 46%

3. Tattling on another co-worker: 44%

4. Playing a prank on another co-worker: 36%

5. Making a face behind someone’s back: 35%

6. Forming cliques: 32%

7. Starting a rumour about a co-worker: 30%

8. Storming out of the room: 29%

9. Throwing a tantrum: 27%

10. Refusing to share resources with others: 23%

Talk from our Twitter Feed

Justin Trudeau
“The middle class needs help, but [Prime Minister] Stephen Harper continues to send government cheques to millionaires.”

Kathleen Wynne
“This election is a stark choice between proven leadership versus risky high-tax spending schemes that create deficits and make life unaffordable.”

Merrilee Fullerton
“IInstead of a national pharmacare program, government support could focus on patients unable to afford needed meds.”

In response to “Ottawa won’t co-operate on ORPP”

Employees say they want to exercise at lunch— but most don’t

Many Canadian professionals have sedentary lunch breaks even though they’d like to exercise, a recent Accountemps survey reveals.

The study—which polled accounting and finance professionals and allowed multiple responses—showed 46% of respondents normally spend their lunch breaks eating alone.

Forty-three percent said they eat a meal with co-workers. About one third (34%) said they run errands. Another third (36%) said they simply surf the Internet.

And while 48% of respondents indicated they would like to exercise or go to the gym, only 17% said they actually do that.

“A change of scenery, including one that gets the blood pumping, can go a long way when facing productivity slumps or challenging tasks,” says Dianne Hunnam-Jones, Canadian president of Accountemps.

The month in numbers

24% of money managers worldwide believe it’s highly likely they’ll face competition from non-traditional new entrants, such as technology firms, in the next five years

— 2015 State Street Corp. survey

98% of Canadian companies plan to give raises of 2.9% to all employees in 2016

— 2015 Towers Watson General Industry Salary Budget survey

Just 4% of Canadians actively dislike or hate their jobs 2015 CareerBuilder.ca survey

— 2015 CareerBuilder.ca survey

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