Making Family Day Last All Year Long

    - Tips to help employees find the right balance in the workplace -

    TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - A leading work-health management company is
challenging employees to use the new February 18 Family Day holiday as a
catalyst to start thinking about ways to improve work-health balance all year
round. According to Watson Wyatt, 48 per cent of employers say that the stress
created by long hours, and doing more with fewer resources, is negatively
impacting business performance to a great extent. Yet, only five per cent of
organizations are taking any action to address these areas. Banyan Work Health
Solutions is therefore encouraging employees to take ownership of the
situation and drive change.
    "A holiday that celebrates the importance of families taking time off
work to be together is an interesting idea initiated by government but
employees need to take this further since it's not about the days off work,
but the days on, that count," said Sue Philchuk, Vice President of Banyan Work
Health Solutions. "The workplace can absolutely be a healthy environment.
Employees just need to empower themselves with the right strategies to make
work-health balance a priority. If they don't, who will?"
    Work-health balance is the term Banyan describes as striving for a
healthy workplace that is also conducive to the employee's well-being. Poor
work-health balance is often the underlying reason causing employees on
disability leave to be hesitant about returning to work.
    "Employees need to be direct about their needs and really be honest with
themselves," said Philchuk. "Learn to put your hand up. Demonstrate your
willingness to be flexible with your employer. Most importantly, come to the
table with strategies and potential solutions to your workplace issues. If you
find yourself struggling, learn what's available in the market to assist you
in this process."
    In honour of Family Day, Banyan has designed Work Health Challenge for
employees to identify if their work-health balance is in check:

    Your job and your workplace:
    1)  I have NOT had a sense of excitement about my work in the last six
    2)  I have relationship problems at work that I do not see being able to
        improve or impact
    3)  I have no clear career goals; I am coasting right now
    4)  I regularly worry that I am about to be laid off or fired
    5)  If it was not for my compensation and company's benefit package I
        would have already found another job
    6)  I know my job/company is not a good fit for me but I don't believe
        it will be better anywhere else
    7)  I secretly wish my boss or my colleague would leave, quit or be fired
    8)  Work has become something I need to do for money; I do not expect
        satisfaction from my job
    9)  I have never really enjoyed work so moving to an new employer /job
        does not strike me as a solution to how I feel about work
    10) I go to bed/wake up feeling anxious about going to work

    If you have answered YES to more than three of these questions, chances
are you in the wrong job or not a good fit with your company. You are also
likely vulnerable to developing health issues associated with job
    If you answered YES to No.2, No.7 or No.10, you might benefit from
external assistance to address job satisfaction problems related to workplace
stress or conflict.

For further information:

For further information: Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs
Inc., (416) 484-1132; Rowena Calpito ext.4 or Wendy
Kauffman ext.3

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