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JointHealth™ insight – March 2017: Arthritis in the workplace

JointHealth™ insight – March 2017

Arthritis in the workplace: Are employers and employees speaking the same language? 

Arthritis in the workplace - two human cartoon talkingIn 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
  • Key messages for employers
  • Tips for employees living with arthritis

Arthritis Consumer Experts Recognizes Canada’s best workplaces for employees living with arthritis

City of Ottawa and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network awarded for best arthritis workplaces in Canada

Group photo with Mayor Jim Watson receiving best workplaces award

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)

 

(VANCOUVER) — To recognize the best arthritis workplace practices in Canada, Arthritis Consumer Experts (ACE) today announced the winners of its third annual search for Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis.

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.
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Government of Canada issues Flexible Work Arrangements report

Arthritis in the Workplace

Government of Canada issues Flexible Work Arrangements report

Working with patients to bring the right to request flexible work arrangements to Canada.

Table from the reportIn 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

JointHealth™ insight – septembre 2016

Près d’un Canadien sur cinq souffre d’arthrite. Alors qu’attendons-nous pour lancer un mouvement social ?

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Dans ce numéro du JointHealth™ insight :

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.

Dans ce numéro du JointHealth™ insight, vous trouverez également :

  • Meilleur milieu de travail au Canada pour les employes atteints d’arthrite
  • Biosim•Exchange :
    première plateforme d’information au Canada sur les biosimilaires

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JointHealth™ insight – September 2016

Roughly one in five Canadians live with arthritis. Where is our social movement?

JHI September 2016 Slide ImageCheryl 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
  • Biosim•Exchange
    A reader-friendly information hub for consumers and health care professionals to get the latest biosimilars news.

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Best Arthritis Workplaces: It’s Arthritis Awareness Month – the search is on!

Best Arthritis Workplaces BannerACE 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

Remise du prix à l’Université Simon Fraser par le comité ACE

L’un des meilleurs milieux de travail au Canada pour les employés atteints d’arthrite

A group picture of award winners and presenters

(Left to right: Dennis Leung, Coordinator and Harro Lauprecht, Manager, SFU’s Return to Work/Disability Management Program; Monica Swanson, Manager, SFU Special Projects; Cheryl Koehn and Kelly Lendvoy of ACE)

Bonjour à tous les membres, abonnés et suiveurs ACE,

En tant que personne atteinte d’arthrite, je sais trop bien à quel point il peut être difficile de composer tous les jours avec la dure réalité de vivre avec la maladie, de faire un bon travail au bureau, même les jours ou les périodes où je ne suis pas au meilleur de ma forme. Notre travail représente une grande part de notre vie. Bien plus qu’un simple moyen de subsistance, nous tirons de notre travail une satisfaction personnelle, un sentiment d’accomplissement. C’est pourquoi le comité ACE désire souligner les employeurs du Canada qui se préoccupent d’aider leurs employés atteints d’arthrite à maintenir leur capacité d’occuper un emploi rémunéré.

Le 28 janvier dernier, c’est avec grand plaisir que le comité ACE remettait à l’Université Simon Fraser un des prix du « Meilleur milieu de travail pour les employés atteints d’arthrite ». Maintenir un milieu de travail sain pour tous les employés, y compris ceux atteints de maladies chroniques comme l’arthrite, est l’un des objectifs importants de l’Université Simon Fraser (USF). Je suis encouragée par l’approche de l’USF en matière de mieux-être au travail, et tout particulièrement par la compréhension et l’empathie dont fait preuve l’USF envers ses employés atteints d’arthrite et par les services qu’elle leur offre. Le comité ACE est absolument ravi d’agir comme ressource pour l’USF et d’autres employeurs de partout au Canada afin de mieux informer la population, d’augmenter la sensibilisation envers la maladie et d’explorer des moyens de collaborer tous ensemble afin d’aider les employés atteints d’arthrite à jouir d’une vie meilleure au travail.

Sincèrement,
Cheryl Koehn
Fondatrice et présidente
Comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts)

ACE presents award to Simon Fraser University

One of Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

A group picture of award winners and presenters

(Left to right: Dennis Leung, Coordinator and Harro Lauprecht, Manager, SFU’s Return to Work/Disability Management Program; Monica Swanson, Manager, SFU Special Projects; Cheryl Koehn and Kelly Lendvoy of ACE)

Hello ACE members, subscribers and followers,

As a person with arthritis I know all too well how difficult in can be to deal with the daily realities of living with the disease and try to do a great job at work, even on days or times when I’m not feeling that well. Because what we do for work is a large part of our lives and we derive not only an income but a sense of personal satisfaction from our jobs, ACE wants to recognize employers in Canada who are dedicated to helping employees with arthritis remain gainfully employed.

It was with great pleasure that on January 28, 2016, ACE presented Simon Fraser University with it’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis award. One of Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) important goals is to maintain a healthy workplace for all employees, including those living with chronic diseases like arthritis. I am so encouraged by SFU’s approach to employee well-being and, in particular, the understanding, empathy and services they provide their employees living with arthritis. ACE is thrilled to be a resource to SFU and other employers in Canada to elevate disease awareness and education and explore ways to collaborate to help employees with arthritis live better lives at work.

Sincerely,
Cheryl Koehn
Founder and President
Arthritis Consumer Experts

About Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis

The Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis program is a national campaign to help employers better understand arthritis in the workplace. Annually, ACE conducts the Canada’s Best Workplaces for Employees Living with Arthritis Awards, a coast-to-coast search to find and recognize three small, medium and large companies who offer exceptional workplaces for their employees living with arthritis. The recipients of the award is recognized for their efforts to make their work environments great for everyone, including employees living with arthritis – the most common chronic disease in the workplace.

About Simon Fraser University

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada’s leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world. Simon Fraser University celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 2015.

JointHealth™ mensuel – octobre/novembre 2015

JHM Title Page ImageInvestir dans la santé et le mieux-être des employés : les meilleurs milieux de travail en 2015 au Canada pour les employés atteints d’arthrite

Dans ce numéro du Mensuel JointHealth™, le comité ACE (Arthritis Consumer Experts) révèle les récipiendaires des prix 2015 des Meilleurs milieux de travail au Canada pour les employés atteints d’arthrite. Au terme d’un processus rigoureux de sélection des candidatures, le comité ACE a choisi trois entreprises, l’Université Simon FraserL’Oréal Canada et High Liner Foods, pour avoir mis de l’avant les meilleures pratiques en matière d’arthrite dans leur milieu de travail respectif et avoir pris l’engagement d’investir dans la santé et le mieux-être de leurs employés.

Le comité ACE porte également un regard sur les modifications apportées récemment aux politiques dans le secteur de l’assurance maladie privée et pouvant éventuellement affecter les employés atteints d’arthrite. Dans ce numéro, vous pourrez prendre connaissance :

  • Des récipiendaires des prix 2015 pour les meilleurs milieux de travail au Canada pour les employés atteints d’arthrite
  • De tout ce que vous devez savoir sur l’arthrite en milieu de travail
  • Des nouvelles politiques dans le secteur de l’assurance maladie privée