Cloudy with a chance of damages (Editor’s notes)

Employers increasingly required to protect workers from psychological injury
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/01/2010

There’s a big storm brewing off the employer coast.” Well, that’s the way we might talk if HR departments had the forecasting tools of meteorologists at their disposal.

The weather radar of the HR world would show plenty of storms churning in the ocean, preparing to make landfall. There are the hurricanes we’ve been tracking well, such as the demographic crunch and labour shortage expected to hit as the baby boomers start retiring en masse next year.

But, to the keen eye, the Doppler radar is showing a small blip — a tropical depression if you will — that is already lashing the workplace and looks determined to form into a significant hurricane. The long-term forecast is troubling.