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Supporting Chronic Illness in the Workplace

Chronic illness affects an estimated 17 million Canadians. With conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes and asthma chronic illnesses are often the result of advance age. And as Canada’s workforce begins to get older, that number will begin to rise. Although these conditions can often be managed by treatments and lifestyle changes, support in the workplace for those inflicted is sorely needed. Monique Gignac from the Institute for Work & Health points out that chronic illness not only affects employee health, but also the company’s bottom line. For example, a worker with arthritis may cost the company an estimated $11,000 per year in lost of work hours and productivity. To better support those with chronic illness she recommends using the three ‘Cs of Chronic Disease.’ Which are Communication, Coaching and Checking In. Communication Making sure that employees know exactly where to find important resources to help them deal with their health issues is critical. Employee privacy may prevent them from disclosing their conditions to managers or colleagues, so giving them the ability to act independently is important. Coaching Ensuring that managers are sufficiently trained to handle situations related to chronic illness will mitigate negative situations. As an example, one of the most common signs of chronic illness is sudden change in work performance. If the employee’s manager is aware of this fact, and is able to create an environment where they feel the issue can be discussed freely, they can work together to find a reasonable solution. Checking In Checking in with HR or their managers on a regular basis is crucial to making sure that proper accommodations are...

Benefits of Massage Therapy

More and more companies are recognizing the importance of adding paramedical services to their group benefits plans. One of the more understated of these services is therapeutic massages. Aside from its most common treatment use for soft tissue and joint pain, massages have many other great health benefits. Massage therapy treatments can reduce stress and support your general health and wellness. It can even prevent diseases and other conditions from manifesting. In other words, the importance of regular massage therapy for most people’s health maintenance simply cannot be overstate Below are just a few of the newly understood applications for therapeutic massages. Depression and Anxiety Hospice Care Alzheimer’s Care To find out how massage therapy can help these conditions click here. If you want to see how Eagle Bay Financial can help you with your Group Benefits plan check out our benefits page here, or contact our team at...
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