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EDITOR’S LETTER THE FAT IS IN THE FIRE PROFESSIONAL VOL. 26, NO. 5 August /September 2009 EDITORIAL Editor-in-Chief Meredith Birchall-Spencer Art & Design Marianna Gajewska Associate Editor Duff McCutcheon Legal Editor Malcolm MacKillop, Partner,Shields O’Donnell MacKillop LLP Contributors Annie Hsu, Carly Pelham, Justin Ramesar, Stuart Stark, Jay Somerset HRPA Chief Executive Officer William Greenhalgh Director, Finance and Administration Gary Monk Director, Professional Development Marta Pawych Director, Marketing and Membership Chris Larsen Director, HR Excellence Claude Balthazard, PhD Director, Government Relations Scott Allinson N AY L O R Publisher Bob Phillips Project Manager Alana Place Editor Lisa Gordon Layout & Design Emma Law Advertising Art Lesley Helash Advertising Sales Manager Wayne Jury Advertising Sales Representatives: Cheryll Oland, Dawn Stokes, Gordon Jackson, Norma Walchuk, Tracy Goltsman EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD Françoise Morissette, MEd, PCC, OD Consultant, Faculty and Fellow Industrial Relations Centre, Queens’s University Craig Fairclough, MSc, CRSP, CHRP, CCEP, CIH, ROH, Principal Consultant, Industrial Accident Prevention Association Mick Collins, MA, Director of Marketing, Infohrm Graham Lowe, PhD, President, The Graham Lowe Group Inc. MJ Ducharme, PhD, Associate Professor of HR Management, Atkinson Faculty, York University Anil Verma, PhD, Professor, Rotman School of Management and Centre for Industrial Relations, University of Toronto Raji Ramanan, GPHR, Director, Organizational Development, Cement Division, Lafarge North America Steven Van Alstine, CPM, VP, Compliance Programs and Services, The Canadian Payroll Association David E. Tyson, CHRP, Author and Consultant, Tyson & Associates Limited Christopher Chen, LLB, Regulatory Lead, Executive Compensation, Hay Group Daniel J. McKeown, LLB, Associate, Labour & Employment Law Practice Group, Miller Thomson LLP Sara Laidlaw, CHRP, VP HR Ontario, ING Canada Carol Calvert, CHRP, VP Human Resources, Navtech, Inc. Gayle Fisher, Chief Human Resources Officer, Ontario Securities Commission HR PROFESSIONAL is published six times per year for the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA), 2 Bloor St. West, Suite 1902, Toronto, ON, M4W 3E2, tel. 416-923-2324, toll-free 1-800-387-1311, fax 416-923-7264, e-mail, As the premier HR association in Canada, HRPA is internationally recognized and sought out for its knowledge, innovation and leadership. With more than 17,000 members in 28 chapters in Ontario, and other locations around the world, HRPA connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. HR Professional magazine is published by Naylor (Canada), Inc. 2 Bloor Street West, Suite 2001, Toronto, ON M4W 3E2, Tel. 1-800-665-2456 – Winnipeg or 1-800-461-4828 – Toronto, Fax 1-800-709-5551. © 2009 Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA). All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in a retrieval system or transmitted, in any form or by any means, without the prior written consent of HRPA or a license from Access Copyright. For a license, visit or call 1-800-893-5777. SUBSCRIPTIONS (Prices include shipping and handling) $29 per year in Canada; $49 per year in the United States; $69 per year International. Published articles and advertisements do not necessarily reflect the views of HRPA. ISSN 847-9453 HRPA is proud to be a founding member of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations. Published July 2009/HRP-S0409/8469 A ccording to an April survey, four in 10 U.S. employees have gained weight in their current jobs and 12 per cent say they have gained more than 20 pounds. While we like to think of ourselves as a much healthier country, obesity statistics indicate we are creeping up the scales with our southern neighbours. As a result, obesity is a pressing issue affecting our employees, but sadly it’s not the only one. Other top workplace health concerns include musculoskeletal disorders, stress, substance abuse and smoking. And the Canada Safety Council reports that mental health claims are the fastest growing category of disability costs in Canada, accounting for 30 to 40 per cent of disability claims. The Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse reported back in 2002 that alcohol and drug abuse cost the Canadian economy $39.8 billion annually. Canadian workplaces have a significant problem and in the face of our employees not being able to help themselves, it’s advantageous for organizations to step in. Journalist Michelle Morra explores just how much these health issues are affecting your company’s productivity—and how innovative organizations are tackling the problem—on page 20. Rounding out our in-depth look at health is an article exploring delusional disorder in the workplace, by occupational health expert Dr. Thomas Keogh; as well as a compelling piece by Dr. Peter Strahlendorf about not letting your organization’s OHS expertise fall by the wayside during budget cuts. I hope you enjoy the issue! Meredith Birchall-Spencer Editor This publication is printed on 50 per cent recycled coated sheet, 15 per cent post consumer waste, acid- and chlorine-free paper stock. The polybag this magazine came in is 100 per cent recyclable. CANADIAN PUBLICATIONS MAIL PRODUCT SALES AGREEMENT #40064978 Postage Paid at Winnipeg 6 August/September 2009 HR P R OF E S S I ON A L

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HR Professional - August/September 2009

HR Professional - August/September 2009
Editor's Letter
Leadership Matters
Wellness ROI
Human Capital
Talent Management
HR 101
Interview with Dr. Kathryn Cramer
Off the Shelf
The Last Word

HR Professional - August/September 2009