From previous BLOGS, we know that workplace stress can easily affect job performance, as it directly influences your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behaviour. Research has shown that work stress is increasingly associated with depressive disorders and suicide, which ultimately highlights the importance of maintaining a healthy work environment. While it’s obvious that stress has the ability to negatively impact an individual’s mental health, there is a way that you can change your relationship with stress, and even use it as a tool to motivate.
Depression isn’t always easy to catch. There’s a stigma surrounding depression that leads people to believe that depression is not being able to get out of bed, or hiding in a dark room all day, or never smiling and laughing. While these can be considered as signs of depression, there are also many symptoms that are harder to recognize, and just as worrisome.
With Canada’s legalization of cannabis in October 2018, nearly a quarter of adult Canadians reported to consuming cannabis in the last few months of 2018. Although cannabis has the potential to help those who use it for medicinal purposes, it remains a cause for concern when brought into the workplace. When working in a safety-sensitive environment, the use of marijuana can cause an increase in accidents and injuries, putting both the individual using the substance and employees around them at risk.
Individuals who are struggling with substance abuse often display similar symptoms, or signs. It’s important to recognize these symptoms, as recognition is the first step towards getting professional help that may save a life. Studies have shown that over 77% of illicit drug users are employed, demonstrating how likely it is that someone in your workplace may be struggling.
In our past BLOGS, we’ve learned that factors like substance abuse, injury, and illness can cost your company a very significant amount of money. However, this is money loss that can be prevented, or at the very least, mitigated, with a few simple steps. While it’s impossible to completely eradicate workplace injuries, there is a way that your company can take action after an employee injury to help save you time, energy, and money, while still ensuring the wellbeing of your staff.
With this year’s Stampede season officially in motion, Precede feels that it’s important to celebrate Alberta’s Western heritage and history in this week’s blog. Although we’re a company with operations all over North America, we at Precede are very proud to be Albertan born and raised. Part of the pride that we feel is not only the fact that we believe in the celebration of our history and heritage, but also that we show that pride through a number of different involvements, sponsorships, and partnerships. We believe that as a business serving Canada and America for over 15 years, giving back to our communities is extremely important.
Everyday, 11 people in Canada die of an opioid overdose. Opioid overdose has become a national crisis in Canada, and this crisis continues to impact the entire country. Between January 2016 and September 2018, more than 10,300 Canadians lost their lives to opioid-related overdoses, with this number only continuing to rise as the months go on. It’s crucial that we are educated on the symptoms of opioid use, the way that opioids affect the body, and how we can help prevent any more opioid-related deaths from occurring.
Not only can fatigue take a heavy toll on your day-to-day life, but it also increases the risk of workplace accidents or injuries. Fatigue can be described as a lessened capacity for work and reduced efficiency, usually accompanied by a feeling of weariness and tiredness. It can be caused by a number of different factors, such as unhealthy lifestyle choices, workplace stress, and medical conditions. Fatigue can seriously affect your workplace performance, which not only affects your own health, but possibly the health of those around you as well.