A Doctor’s Guide to Tackling Workplace Stress

Twenty years ago, the typical answer to the question “How are you?” was “I’m fine.” Today, it is “I’m busy.” As David Posen, MD and author of Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress, explained at the recent HRPA conference, “People think that if they can brag about how busy and stressed they are, that somehow makes them more successful or important.”

An AP-Ipsos survey revealed that for 47% of Canadians, the greatest source of stress in their lives is work. Further, Linda Duxbury of Carleton University and Chris Higgins of the University of Western Ontario uncovered in 2012, that 22% of Canadians in the workplace are suffering from levels of anxiety and depression high enough to compromise their health and work performance.

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