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Building safer workplaces requires leaders who understand how years of resource constraints, unhealthy work environments, abuse from patients and a pandemic have contributed to overwhelming burnout and job dissatisfaction among workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

How health-care leaders can foster psychologically safer workplaces

The future of our health system depends on recruiting and retaining passionate and highly skilled health-care workers. It’s essential to build work environments where they feel supported and safe.
Many workplace fitness facilities — like standing desks, on-site gyms and showers, and easy access to walking paths — are mostly available to white-collar, higher-income workers who already face fewer barriers to exercise outside of work. (Shutterstock)

Workplaces can help promote exercise, but job conditions remain a major hurdle

To get more workers to be active, public health messaging must recognize the important role employers can play in creating the conditions for workers to focus on exercise.
Nearly 1,000 workers at this Smithfield Foods pork-processing plant in South Dakota contracted COVID-19 between mid-March and mid-April 2020. Kerem Yucel / AFP via Getty Images

Meatpacking plants have been deadly COVID-19 hot spots – but policies that encourage workers to show up sick are legal

Thousands of workers at meat- and poultry-processing plants have contracted COVID-19, and hundreds have died. A legal scholar recommends ways to make their jobs safer.
A lifeguard disinfects mattresses used to slide down a water slide in Bromont, Que., in June 2020 as water parks reopened in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Managers must listen to workers of all ages on COVID-19 safety

Clear and consistent safety messaging in workplaces is imperative for employees both young and old.

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