Is there a law that says employers must prevent employee burnout? No, not really, but occupational health and safety legislation across Canada provides that an employer must take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect a worker. That could include ensuring that an employee does not suffer from full blown burnout. When employers assist in this regard, they are also ensuring that their workplaces remain healthy and productive, and have higher morale.
On December 8, 2011, the Ontario Liberal Government introduced Bill 30, entitled the Family Caregiver Act. This Act intends to create an additional entitlement to a leave of absence from work while the employee’s job is protected. The proposed Act will provide for an unpaid leave of absence for up to eight weeks to allow an employee to care for a sick relative.
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?