Managing change

Significant changes in a workplace affect the mental and physical health of employees, says a recent study by Toronto-based consulting firm Morneau Shepell.

The nationwide survey asked employers and workers about their reactions to major changes like job redesign, downsizing, restructuring or mergers. Results show that about 40 per cent of employee respondents said that organizational changes had affected their health and well-being, while 30 per cent of workers claimed that change had negatively affected their job performance. For nearly half of the respondents (43 per cent), such changes had adversely influenced their perceptions of their employers. Only slightly more than one-quarter indicated that organizational change had improved their health, performance and perceptions of their firms.

Read more on Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine.