When the cure is the problem (Editorial)

By John Hobel
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/04/2003

Stress. It can be as debilitating to your career as it is to your health.

Workplaces are often pressure cookers. Employee assistance plans — where they exist — have responded with programs designed to address the negative effects of stress. But, EAP or no EAP, it can be medically necessary for an employee to take a leave of absence to get himself back on the right track.

Having dealt with the effects of overwork and learned to appreciate the need to head off stress before it becomes a problem, an employee is hopefully ready to pick up where he left off and return to his past level of productivity. But is it really business as usual?