The headlines surrounding Phoenix have, to this point, focused on pay problems. What has often been overlooked is the effect Phoenix has had on the FI Community’s mental health, with increased workloads and the ever-present fear of further pay disruptions causing understandable stress. ACFO’s Labour Relations team is here to help.
The FI Community has been historically and chronically understaffed, so not only are Phoenix problems affecting your wallets, but you’re also being drawn into the chaos through an increased workload. According to the FI Community Phoenix Impact Study, more than 50% of FIs reported an increased workload due to Phoenix. Furthermore, this increased stress from both pay problems and an increased workload led to 40% of FIs reporting Phoenix is affecting their mental health.
The impact study has made it clear that a good percentage of FIs are dealing with high levels of stress, so if you feel like you’re unable to cope, you have several options available to you. Sick leave and the Employee Assistance Program exist for this very reason, so you have the option of taking leave or calling the 24-hour Crisis and Referral Centre at 1-800-268-7708 for confidential support.
Alternatively, with your permission, we can approach senior management on your behalf to advocate for the following to maintain a proper work/life balance:
It’s going to take time and hard work to fix Phoenix, and in the meantime, it is and will continue to be ACFO’s top priority. We have been filing grievances, lobbying with MPs and senior management at PSPC with the impact study results in-hand, speaking to the media (most recently CBC, Radio-Canada and Metro Ottawa) and doing absolutely everything in our power to help the FI Community navigate the Phoenix debacle.
For more information, or for anyone who would like assistance with alleviating their workload or stress levels due to Phoenix issues, you may contact Labour Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our Labour Relations Advisors will be in contact with you about your options.