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03Feb2016

Medical Leaves and Mustard Plasters (con’t)

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In my previous post, I made the point that although the family physician provides the official “time-off-work-for stress” letter, the principal decision-maker is the patient. I argued that most workers under stress debate the pro’s and con’s of setting the medical leave in motion very much like we all did as children when awakening with
14Dec2015

Medical Leaves and Muster Plasters

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It’s 7 am on a rainy February day in the middle of week when I’m 10 years old and just waking up with a detectable, and if amplified, quite apparent scratchy throat.   As a university professor with a private practice in workplace psychology, that specific day is very much in the past. However, I
16Oct2012

A busy day: two scenarios

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Many of the executives that I see in my Montreal practice for executive coaching talk about their hectic days.  As I listen to their stories, I am quietly asking myself a key question: Are they in some measure able to control the stream of tasks, or is the onslaught occurring without a filtration or buffering
09Oct2012

Working with “insurance” is stressful

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“I’ll just run this by my boss” was a phrase that I heard all to frequently from my client who came to see about work-related stress.  Laura, a young woman in her first major corporate job, worked for a boss who micro-managed.   The boss, who did not like surprises, insisted upon being appraised about each
25Sep2012

Stress Leave (continued)

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What’s wrong with the scenario outlined in my previous post about taking a medical leave for job stress? Most consequentially, –the protective aspect is simply too appealing.  All too often in my practice I have seen stressed patients go from one doctor to another in search of that all-powerful prescriptive demand:  Time Off Work Due
17Sep2012

Stress Leave: current problems and possible solutions

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Regular readers of my blog know that I have many criticisms about our current approach to workplace disability caused by stress. The problem is enormous and costly.  Recent surveys in Canada reveal that approximately a quarter of the current workforce is either “quite” or “extremely” stressed.  The majority of that stress is related to work.
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