Over the past few days, social media, print stories, and the news have extensively covered the recent suicide of Robin Williams, one of Hollywood’s most treasured comic actors. As a result, the spotlight has turned to facts around mental illness and the devastating effects of addiction and depression when left unmanaged.
The oil and gas rich province of Alberta was responsible for all of Canada’s net employment growth over the past 12 months, adding 81,800 jobs while the rest of Canada lost 9,500. Alberta’s immense growth is attracting tens of thousands of young workers to the area on the employment hunt which is quickly becoming the country’s highest paying salaries.
I had the opportunity to attend the Alberta Occupational Health Nurses Association (AOHNA) conference in Banff last month. This was an opportunity for several different disciplines to come together to share and learn about many aspects that could affect the health and well-being of workers, employers, and our communities as a whole.
The Mustard Seed - “Volunteers are the heartbeat of our The Mustard Seed’s ministry! Without the commitment of more than 250 regular volunteers who offer their time, talents, and passion, The Mustard Seed would not be able to offer the same level of assistance to people experiencing homelessness.”
On Tuesday, June 10th Kyle Powell, CEO of SureHire Occupational Testing was asked to be the guest speaker for the PCA Executive Lunch ‘n’ Learn. Understanding the connection employee health has on productivity is extremely important for construction companies today.
I had the pleasure of listening to Barb Banford speak at the AOHNA Symposium last week. She is as funny as she is intelligent, and put into perspective how the normal physiological and mental changes we experience can have an impact on the workplace.
Illicit drugs are not the only substances that can affect health and safety in workplaces .The use of medical marijuana is on the rise and more than likely making its way into your workplace which can present a challenge for both safety sensitive and non-safety sensitive work environments.