This just in! The Mental Health Commission of Canada has partnered with Ottawa Public Health to launch a free animated video series for both employees and employers on psychological health and safety in the workplace. This may be of interest to you as it has been documented that 70% of working Canadians report concerns about their psychological health and safety while on the job (Mental Health Commission of Canada, n.d.).
Each video features a different factor in the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. To refresh your memory, these include:
- Psychological support
- Organizational culture
- Clear leadership and expectations
- Civility and respect
- Psychological job demands
- Growth and development
- Recognition and reward
- Involvement and influence
- Workload management
- Work-life balance
- Psychological protection from violence, bullying, and harassment
- Protection of physical safety; and
- Other chronic stressors as identified by workers
According to Ed Mantler, vice-president of programs and priorities at the Mental Health Commission of Canada; “the videos are really a way, in a very brief amount of time, to give a good definition of what the factor is and walk through, in a very pragmatic way, what that factor might look like in a workplace, highlighting a workplace culture where the factor is not being promoted, in the hopes that some organizations or employees might be able to recognize themselves. And doing it in a way that’s a little bit fun and easy to watch.”
Although no single factor is the key to making better workplaces, Mantler suggests that "addressing all 13 factors over time is really what promotes psychological health and safety."
HOW ELSE CAN THE STANDARD HELP?
Adopting the standard can aid your organization with:
- Financial performance
- Risk management
- Organizational recruitment; and
- Employee retention
Learn more about the standard and implementing each one of the factors below!
Mental Health Commission of Canada. (2013). National standard of Canada for psychological health and safety in the workplace. Retrieved from http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/occupational-health-and-safety-management/cancsa-z1003-13bnq-9700-8032013/invt/z10032013?utm_source=redirect&utm_medium=vanity&utm_content=folder&utm_campaign=z1003
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