SUMMARY: On the Agenda is a series of videos, presentation slides and supporting materials that can assist trainers, team leaders, managers or others to facilitate discussions aimed at developing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace.

Introduction to On the Agenda

Each of these presentations focus on one of the factors that have been identified by the research team responsible for Guarding Minds @ Work as those that can impact psychological health and safety in the workplace. They are part of an approach to team discussions and the development of action plans to create healthier work teams.

The Introduction Presentation and Overview manual offer additional information and support for facilitators.

The Introduction Presentation explains how and why it makes good business sense to add psychological health and safety to your workplace or team agenda.

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Facilitating Discussions

The Overview Manual provides general facilitation tips and strategies for using the On the Agenda series of presentations. This may help a facilitator engage employees in developing strategies to improve psychological health and safety for your team. Specific facilitation ideas are also included in the guides that accompany each presentation.

Videos, Presentation Slides and Facilitator Guides

Determine your areas of concern or interest by reviewing the factors described below or by completing the Guarding Minds @ Work survey.

Watch or download the videos and use the presentation slides and facilitator’s guides for the factor(s) you are interested in. Each of these factors has been identified by the research team responsible for Guarding Minds @ Work as those that can impact psychological health and safety in the workplace. You’re encouraged to approach these factors with an ongoing commitment to continual improvement.

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Facilitate discussions related to a psychologically safe workplace.

Video Overview

The video series is a 2014 joint project of the University of Waterloo and the Great-West Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

In the videos, Linda Brogden, Occupational Health Nurse, University of Waterloo, and Mary Ann Baynton, Program Director, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, take you through each of the factors that impact psychological health and safety in the workplace.

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Psychological Support

Psychological Support is present in a work environment in which coworkers and supervisors are supportive of employees' psychological and mental health concerns and respond appropriately as needed.

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Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture is the degree to which a work culture is characterized by trust, honesty, and fairness.

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Clear Leadership & Expectations

Clear Leadership & Expectations are present in an environment in which leadership is effective and there is support that helps employees know what they need to do, how their work contributes to the organization and whether there are impending changes.

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Civility & Respect

Civility & Respect are present in a work environment where employees are respectful and considerate in their interactions with one another, as well as with customers, clients, and the public.

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Psychological Competencies & Requirements

Psychological Competencies & Requirements, or Psychological Job Demands, are present in a work environment where there is a good fit between employees' interpersonal and emotional competencies and the requirements of the position they hold.

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Growth & Development

Growth & Development are present in a work environment where employees receive encouragement and support in the development of their interpersonal, emotional, and job skills.

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Recognition & Reward

Recognition & Reward are present in a work environment where there is appropriate acknowledgement and appreciation of employees' efforts in a fair and timely manner.

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Involvement & Influence

Involvement & Influence are present in a work environment where employees are included in discussions about how their work is done and how important decisions are made.

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Workload Management

Workload Management is present in a work environment where tasks and responsibilities can be accomplished successfully within the time available.

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Engagement

Engagement is present in a work environment where employees feel connected to their work and are motivated to do their job well.

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Work/Life Balance

Work/Life Balance is present in a work environment where there is recognition of the need for balance between the demands of work, family, and personal life.

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Psychological Protection

Psychological Protection is present in a work environment where employees' psychological safety is ensured. Workplace psychological safety is demonstrated when workers feel able to safely ask questions, seek feedback, report mistakes and problems, or propose a new idea without fearing negative consequences to themselves, their jobs or their careers.

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Protection of Physical Safety

Protection of Physical Safety is present in a work environment where management takes appropriate action to protect the physical safety of employees. Appropriate actions may include: policy to protect workers' physical safety, training in safety-related protocols, rapid and appropriate response to physical accidents or unsafe situations, and clearly demonstrated concern for employees' physical safety.

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Other Chronic Stressors

Other Chronic Stressors Identified by Workers should also be considered when creating a mentally healthy workplace. These other key issues include stigma and discrimination, stress, presenteeism and addiction issues.

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