Keyword: Presenteeism

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Doctors’ group calls out Ontario move to require doctor’s note for minor illnesses

A national doctors’ group is raising concerns about the Ontario government’s move to allow employers to require workers to provide a doctor’s note to explain even minor illnesses, such as the common cold. Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Gigi Osler says the measure, included in the government’s Bill 47, could cause public health issues, as […]

Controlling health-care spending top objective of workplace clinics: survey

A large majority (89 per cent) of employers cited a better control of health-care spending as the top reason for having workplace medical clinics, according to a new survey by Mercer and the National Association of Worksite Health Centers. The survey, which queried 121 U.S. employers offering onsite or near-site medical clinics, found 84 per cent of […]

  • By: Staff
  • November 7, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
Proactively identifying people at risk next stage in mental-health awareness

In the coming five years, Canadians can expect to see the next stage of awareness around mental health, according  one health expert. “Where we need to build on awareness is what the illness actually looks like. There’s still quite a lack of knowledge out there and I believe that’s improving greatly every day,” said Chris Anderson, president of Medaca Health […]

  • By: Ryan Murphy
  • September 27, 2018 September 13, 2019
  • 09:00
How employers can better support workers suffering from migraines

Workplace accommodations and new targeted medications promise to transform the experience of migraine sufferers after decades of neglect, a speaker told participants at a recent event. Dr. Christine Lay, head of the neurology division at Women’s College Hospital, told an audience at Benefits Canada’s Chronic Disease at Work conference that the condition has largely flown under […]

Tips for handling difficult conversations about absenteeism

When left unchecked, absenteeism is like a termite that stealthily eats into employee engagement, team morale and organizational output, often costing companies millions of dollars in lost productivity, wages and management time. The trick is to proactively address the issue before it becomes stickier than it needs to be. Quite often, a straightforward conversation between […]

How employers can better address migraines

How can employers better address conditions, such as migraines, that are among the factors contributing to illness and absenteeism? With rates of illness and disability on the rise, absenteeism is a significant and growing concern for Canadian employers. Statistics Canada figures for 2017 show rates of absenteeism have been on an upswing in recent years, […]

Pharmacogenetic testing a growing area as pilot projects, research get underway

Plan sponsors looking to integrate pharmacogenetic testing into their benefits plan will soon have lots of information to consider as Canada’s biggest insurance companies roll out pilot projects and research begins to shed light on the return on investment. “The market is expanding. Insurers are piloting projects. You will hear a lot about pharmacogenetics over the next 12 months,” said […]

Sleep a serious issue with major productivity costs for employers

Sleep is a serious issue. That was a key message from Nadeem Rajabali, western Canada regional vice-president of business development for group and business insurance at Desjardins Insurance, at the recent Mental Health Summit in Vancouver. “Sleep isn’t a luxury. It’s as important as exercise and eating well to stay healthy. Lack of sleep costs […]

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • December 20, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00
Options to optimize mental-health treatments

While medications to treat mental illness are a major source of drug spending, that money may be going to waste if patients don’t take their drugs as prescribed. Presenting at the recent Mental Health Summit Vancouver, Allison Nourse, national director of pharmacy innovation at Pharmasave Drugs Ltd., explored the ways community pharmacists can optimize medications […]

  • By: Sonya Felix
  • December 20, 2017 September 13, 2019
  • 16:00
Migraines an underestimated, disabling and treatable condition, says medical expert

A migraine is more than just a headache. The third most common disorder in the world, migraine is a chronic disease of the brain that’s prevalent, frequent and disabling, said Elizabeth Leroux, a clinical associate professor at the University of Calgary’s department of clinical neurosciences, during a session at the Calgary Drug Trends Summit on […]