letter from the editor
Balancing Act VOLUME 32 / NUMBER 5 JULY/AUGUST 2015
As part of a growing organization, I often find myself
with fluctuating workloads and striking a
maintainable balance is a work in progress. I’m
sure that we all, at one time or another, have felt
so busy that work becomes overwhelming and stress levels
rise. For a workplace, helping your employees achieve their
ideal situation can be difficult, especially when workload tolerance
levels are different for everyone and there is no magic
Work-life balance is a popular topic, and for good reason.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
says that the majority of us feel we have too much going on
in our lives. While HR professionals may not be able to give
the perfect balancing equation to everyone in their workplace,
they are in an optimal position to identify employees
who may be on the brink of burnout, and offer solutions and
guidelines to keep employees from suffering the consequences
of being overloaded for too long. Read writer Melissa
Campeau’s article about how to set work-life boundaries
and what signs to look for to know when a fellow employee
is fizzling out, starting on page 16.
As summer comes, I hope all of our readers are able to
take some time to themselves to decompress and recharge.
While you’re at the lake or relaxing at home, access the digital
edition of HR Professional on your tablet by visiting
hrpatoday.ca. I’m looking forward to your thoughts.
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THE MAGAZINE OF
Michael Bach, Canadian Institute of
Diversity and Inclusion/Institut canadien
de la diversité et de l’inclusion
Mary Ann Baynton, Great-West Life Centre
for Mental Health in the Workplace
Christine Burych, StarlingBrook Corporation
Eric Cousineau, OCG Strategy &
Joseph (Val) D’Sa, York Region
District School Board
Bonnie Flatt, Master Coaches
Mandy Hanlon, Oakbridges Labour
Relations Consulting Inc.
Jennifer Laidlaw, CIBC
Norm Sabapathy, Cadillac Fairview
Dr. Parbudyal Singh, York University
Sandra Smith, Southlake
Regional Health Cenre
Melissa Sonberg, McGill University
Christine Thomlinson, Rubin
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