Arthritis in the workplace: Are employers and employees speaking the same language?
In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, Arthritis Consumer Experts looks at the current state of arthritis in the workplace. Find out what makes the City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network two of Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis.
In this issue, you will also find:
A summary on arthritis in the workplace, including the latest statistics about the cost of work disability
Suggestions on what kind of flexible work arragements would help workers with arthritis
City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network awarded for best arthritis workplaces in Canada
Award presentation to City of Ottawa (From left to right: Cheryl Koehn, ACE; Marianne Phillips, Director, Human Resources, Donna Gray, General Manager, Service Innovation and Performance Department, Mayor Jim Watson; Kelly Lendvoy, ACE)
Many Canadian workers struggle to find the right balance between work, family and personal responsibilities, particularly employees with chronic disease who are becoming an increasingly high proportion of the workforce due to aging, arthritis chief among them. Canadian employers who understand chronic disease, particularly the impact of a disease like arthritis, are implementing adaptations in their work environments to accommodate employees. Based on workplace insights shared by employees and company managers, ACE is awarding the City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network for their arthritis awareness, prevention and benefits practices in the workplace. Continue reading →
Government of Canada issues Flexible Work Arrangements report
Working with patients to bring the right to request flexible work arrangements to Canada.
In May and June of 2016, Canadians participated in the online consultation of implementing a meaningful right to request flexible work arrangements under the Canada Labour Code. Stakeholders shared their expertise, concerns, ideas, and personal experiences through online surveys, written submissions, and roundtable discussions.
ACE participated in Flexible Work consulations carried out by the Department of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour, attending a regional roundtable in Vancouver and being part of a written submission from the Arthritis Alliance of Canada.
In its post consultation report, the Department made the following references to arthritis: Continue reading →
Au cours d’un récent dîner, un bon ami à moi me confiait quelque chose d’assez révélateur : « Je ne te considère pas comme handicapée ».
Pour lui, son commentaire était plutôt un compliment. Mais pour moi, il illustre l’ampleur de cette fausse perception très répandue à propos de la douleur arthritique comme étant un « état » associé au vieillissement et qu’on ne peut pas vraiment traiter. Son commentaire m’a également rappelé à quel point les personnes atteintes d’arthrite, souvent embarrassées à propos de leur maladie, vivent la douleur arthritique en silence, et cela, en dépit du fait que l’arthrite, une maladie invalidante et la cause principale de l’incapacité de travail au Canada, affecte plus de 4,6 millions de Canadiennes et de Canadiens et restreint de près de 20 pour cent les activités de nos concitoyens.
Roughly one in five Canadians live with arthritis. Where is our social movement?
Cheryl Koehn, Founder and President of Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) wants to start a movement for arthritis. In this issue of JointHealth™ insight, she comments about the myth of arthritis:
At a recent dinner party, a good friend of mine said something revealing to me: “I don’t think of you as disabled.” My friend’s comment was meant as a compliment but also reflected the still common misperception of arthritis pain as a “condition” associated with getting old and that can’t really be treated. It also reminded me how people with arthritis are often embarrassed about it and live in silence. This in spite of the fact that arthritis affects more than 4.6 million Canadians, is a debilitating disease and the leading cause of work disability in Canada and limits the activities of nearly 20% of Canadians.
To celebrate Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, this issue of JointHealth™ insight will also highlight two of ACE’s programs:
Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Award
This year’s program will recognize workplaces who provide an environment that meets the needs of employees living with arthritis to manage their disease and work with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction or immobility
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ACE is searching for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis
To help kick off Arthritis Awareness Month in Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts ACE) today announced the launch of the third annual Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis. The judging criteria this year will particularly value those organizations providing an environment that meets the needs of employees living with arthritis to manage their disease and work with symptoms such as pain, fatigue, joint dysfunction or immobility.
“Smart employers know committed, productive teams require an environment where employees know they can balance work, family and personal responsibilities. In this third year of our award, we are looking closely at the availability of flexible work benefits and policies, as well as employees’ comments on their effectiveness," said Cheryl Koehn, President and Founder, Arthritis Consumer Experts. “We want to recognize companies providing innovative flexible work arrangements to help employees with arthritis, and other chronic diseases, take better care of themselves, and in turn report less pain, fatigue, and disruption at work, allowing them to remain employed for longer.” Continue reading →