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innovative way to get around town. Her new bicycle weighs
I recently had the privilege of attending a half-day presentation given
by Dr. Linda Duxbury, Canada’s leading expert on the topic of work-
life balance. Dr. Duxbury has been actively involved in researching
work-life balance for more than 20 years. She is on top of the very
latest statistics and trends in this area and guides PhD students
in completing their theses on issues related to work-life balance.
Given her background, I was not surprised that her talk was very
informative, but her lively and engaging style was a big bonus.
transportation and her own pedal power in getting to work,
Dr. Linda Duxbury had come from Ottawa to address a group of
approximately 150 men and women, mostly municipal public sector
employees, on why organizations need to take action now to reduce
work-life conﬂict in their ﬁrms. Although work-life balance has been
a serious issue for more than a decade, little has been done so far to address these problems. Using Duxbury’s metaphor, standing still is no longer an option; we are at the edge of a precipice and must address the burgeoning increase in work-life conﬂict and role overload. We must act not only in the interest of the individual’s physical and mental health, but also in the interest of the organization, and in the interest of our already overburdened health system. Summary of the issues The workplace challenges that we need to be addressing, according to Duxbury, are “role overload,” “work to family conﬂict,” “family to work conﬂict,” Role overload is deﬁned as “having too much to do in the amount of time allocated to do it.” Work to family conﬂict, as the term suggests, is when work responsibilities negatively impact one’s relationship with family. Family to work conﬂict occurs when family illness or other crises prevent one from meeting work responsibilities.
According to Duxbury’s ﬁgures, almost 60% of employees report high levels of role overload. This in turn is the #1 predictor of prescription drug use in Canada with Prozac being the most prescribed drug. Work to family conﬂict, as Duxbury points out, rose from about 25%
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to 30% over the decade from 1991 to 2001 and has been continuing
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to rise ever since. This has resulted in increased levels of job stress,
depression, burnout, and physical illness, as well as higher rates of
absenteeism and lower levels of engagement at work.
What makes work-life conﬂict an even bigger issue for employers today?
dollars. It is simply unsustainable.
ularly among “boomer” employees.
As if these soaring work-life conﬂict issues were not challenge
What can be done to turn Why has work-life conﬂict things around? spiralled out of control?
with the issue of work-life conﬂict. What would be the cost of doing nothing?
Statistics Canada reports, show the increased medical beneﬁt costs,
them in her presentation, include those that continue to add more
billion in doctors’ visits, $4 billion
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Personal note: Diabetic screening news the struggles we face daily in trying personal needs. Thanks to everyone Excerpted from http://www.buzzle. A daily dose of chocolate Did you know? Health food or fattening indulgence?
Dark chocolate contains the antioxidant epicatechin, a plant ﬂavonoid
which is also found in tea, red wine, and various fruits and vegetables.
(Flavonoids beneﬁt your body by attacking free radicals—the generally
bad stuff that causes cell damage, leading to heart disease, strokes and
cancer). Consuming small, regular amounts of dark chocolate (with a
cocoa content of 70% or more) may lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels,
reduce the risk of blood clots, and reduce hypertension.
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Plant ﬂavonoids contribute to colour. Accordingly, the darker the
chocolate, the higher the level of ﬂavonoids. Three-quarters of an ounce of dark chocolate contains about the same amount of ﬂavonoids as a
glass of red wine. Milk proteins appear to bind to these antioxidant
qualities, blocking absorption by the body. Accordingly, milk and
white chocolate do not contain beneﬁcial amounts of ﬂavonoids, and
consuming a glass of milk with your dark chocolate will negate the
The fat in dark chocolate comes from cocoa butter, which is equal parts
oleic acid (heart-healthy monounsaturated fat), stearic acid (a somewhat
heart-neutral fat, which may lower LDL), and palmitic acid (a saturated
The bad news about chocolate, of course, is that it is high in calories.
Adding a 1-ounce bar to your daily diet will pack approximately 150
calories into your waistline. That can quickly reverse any health beneﬁts!
If you do indulge in a square or two a day, make sure you offset the
extra calories. And please remember that fair-trade chocolate is generally
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