• It's not your imagination: Work is making you sick. As companies do more with less, stress and subsequent mental-health issues are on the rise, affecting 25% of workers and costing employers $80 billion a year. Catherine Thomas, chairperson of this Ottawa conference, reminds us that big change can start small: "Do not check your email when you go on vacation. The office will survive." And those 14-hour days? They've got to go. "It becomes physically impossible to be productive," says Clare Miller, director of the Partnership for Workplace Mental Health.

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