Seventy-three percent of working Canadians experience almost daily stress in their jobs, according to a recent study by Statistics Canada. That's approximately 10 million people, or nearly one-third of Canada's population. More than one-quarter of workers say their job is "quite a bit" or "extremely" stressful; close to half say they experience "a bit" of stress. But where is all the stress coming from, and is it affecting workers' productivity?
Morever, should employers be aiming for stress-free workplaces?
“Excessive claims of workplace harassment are a sign that our society has become far too sensitive and it really needs to stop.” This is the message I received from workshop participants this week during a group discussion on the topic of the prevention of workplace harassment and discrimination. But is it true?
After I joined the board of directors at a not-for-profit arts organization, it didn’t take long for me to wonder how I’d balance my new obligations with the rest of my day-to-day life. I’d volunteered before, but only informally. Now I have regular responsibilities, mainly meetings and fundraising. I’ll probably invest 70 to 80 hours volunteering with the organization this year. It’s a worthy cause, but it’s also worthwhile to question the time commitment.