October 2011

WELLNESS TIPPain in your neck?…Could be Stress?

Where do you hold your stress? Your jaw? Your back? Your head? It is known that many of us hold stress in our shoulder and neck area. As well, with the time spent utilizing computers and electronics, we are more idle than ever. It is important to get up and MOVE! Take time each hour to stretch out your shoulders and neck muscles. Stand up tall, slowly turn your head side to side, repeat this 5x each side. Then bring your arms up, force them back, bring your shoulder blades together, hold for 15 secs. repeat 5x. Next, bring your arms up above your head, connect your hands together, push them up to the sky, stretch out your shoulders…make your spine as straight as possible…feel the stretch. Hold it! Take some deep breaths. Now you are ready to finish your work. This can also relieve headaches and some back pain. Very simple…and very effective! It is recommended before doing any strenuous exercise; consult a trainer to ensure you are doing them properly to avoid injury.

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Taking Control: Setting Healthy Boundaries at WorkMany employees aspire to become a leader at some point in their career. The chance to direct a team and co-ordinate projects can be very challenging, yet rewarding in a way that can allow your career to thrive for years to come.But as you may have experienced, the people leader role can also be stressful. As a manager, you’re expected to juggle multiple priorities and take responsibility for the quality of both your own work and your team members’. You might have to make difficult decisions, handle employee challenges and be ’on call’ a lot more than you were before you became a leader, causing you to work beyond your standard hours.

What is Burnout?


With so many competing pressures and responsibilities, it’s not surprising that managers and supervisors are at high risk for burnout. Burnout is a state of physical, mental or emotional exhaustion caused by long-term exposure to stress. A person experiencing burnout loses their passion, motivation and interest in a job they once enjoyed. They begin to feel helpless, hopeless, cynical and resentful, with lower productivity and creativity. Burnout can also negatively impact your health. Studies show that burnout can lower a person’s immune defences, leaving them more susceptible to illnesses ranging from the common cold and flu, to heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.

Early symptoms of burnout may include frequently feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, unimportant, unhappy, uncaring or as though every day is negative. You may also find yourself spending less and less time on previously enjoyable outside activities and relationships. If you start to notice one or more of these symptoms, don’t wait to seek help. Discuss your concerns with your manager, look for ways to make your job more satisfying and manageable and maybe even consider taking some of that unused vacation time that’s piling up. Hopefully though, you’ve not reached this point and can proactively address boundary and time management issues before they get out of hand.

Leading the Way to Better Boundaries –

Fortunately, burnout doesn’t have to be part of your job description. By managing expectations and setting reasonable boundaries, you can take control of your workload and maximize your chances of a long, rewarding and enjoyable career.

Small Businesses Can Benefit From Benefits Programs –

The bulk of Canadian employers believe that offering benefits increases employees’ productivity and gives them a hiring advantage—but many employers aren’t implementing the necessary programs to reap those benefits.

According to Manulife Financials Small Business Research Report, more than three-quarters (76%) of small business owners and managers in Canada believe that taking care of employees makes them work harder for the company, and 55% believe that offering competitive health benefits is a crucial element in attracting and retaining top talent. Yet despite this, 42% of small business owners surveyed do not currently offer such benefits, although almost one in three (27%) have considered it.

This data shows there is a significant level of interest and a considerable market opportunity for health and retirement benefits within Canada’s small business community. Understanding the views that small business owners have about benefits plans and how they align with their business goals is a critical success factor for advisors working in this segment.

“An advisor who understands what small business owners are going through, and the concerns they are dealing with, will be more effective when it comes time to help address those concerns,” says Marc Avaria, vice-president of group small business for Manulife Financial.

The report surveyed more than 1,000 small business owners across the country about the main challenges they face in managing and growing their companies, including attraction and retention. It explored six main themes: professional support network, employee productivity and focus, top talent retention, cost control, access to capital and revenue growth.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Six in 10 (58%) Canadian small business owners and managers offer a health benefits plan while another 27% have considered it.
  • While 58% of respondents report offering a health benefits plan, fewer provide or offer various types of retirement or other savings programs for their employees, such as profit sharing plans (25%), group RRSPs (20%), special executive plans (18%) or an employee pension plan (15%).
  • An overwhelming majority of small business owners (86%) feel an obligation to take care of the people who work for them.
  • More than one-third (36%) of Canadian small business owners and managers believe not being able to spend time on big-picture planning is a problem for them. Of those, 85% are looking for help.

Excerpts provided by: Shelpell.fgi – October, 2011; Benefits Canada – October, 2011

MC&A – “A Thought to Ponder” –

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning”

Albert Einstein

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