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Dr. Firat Sayin in Harvard Business Review

Date Published: July 21, 2021

Dr. Firat Sayin, Assistant Professor of Management at the Sobey School of Business, has an article in Harvard Business Review called When Someone on Your Team has Chronic Pain.

The article was co-written by Dr. Sayin, along with Duygu Biricik Gulseren from York University, E. Kevin Kalloway from Saint Mary's University and Nick Turner from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.


Do you know if your employees experience chronic pain? And if you did, would you know how to help? While chronic pain is increasingly becoming common among American workers, a recent survey of CEOs demonstrates that, while leaders recognize it’s an issue, few know how to discuss the topic with employees — let alone help. To start, they should be ready to support employees by listening, but not by pressuring them to reveal health details. Second, they can focus their organization on preventing work-related pain. Third, they can design jobs with both autonomy and skill variety in mind. Fourth, they can allow flexible work. Finally, they can increase chronic pain management resources in their company.

Visit the Harvard Business Review website to read the full article.

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