Practical approaches for protecting the psychological health and safety of employees includes effective policies and prevention strategies that eliminate or mitigate risks.

Addressing Domestic Violence

Some provinces have enacted laws that make it mandatory for employers to protect employees who are at risk of domestic violence. Information is provided to assist your organization and leaders to prevent and address domestic violence while also supporting employees who may be victims. Learn More

Bereavement Leave Policy

A bereavement leave policy that is understood by all employees before a loss occurs can help to reduce the stress of uncertainty for both the manager and the bereaved employee. Learn More

Building Emotional Intelligence

Building emotional intelligence can provide multiple benefits especially among those whose roles include managing, supporting or leading employees. Learn More

Engaging the Indigenous Community

Whether you are engaging the Indigenous community for purely business reasons, or if you want to be more inclusive, the following lists can help your organization learn from others who have done this successfully. Learn More

Employee Assistance Programs

Information to help you maximize your employee assistance program (EAP) to respond to mental health related issues. Learn More

Framework to Help Eliminate Stigma

Eliminating stigma while increasing mental health awareness can support people to seek help sooner, recover faster and maintain productivity. Learn More

Harassment and Bullying Prevention

In developing a policy to prevent harassment or bullying, the focus needs to be on preventing and responding to behaviours that are offensive or potentially harmful to others. Learn More

Impairment Policy

Developing and communicating clear policies, and providing training for staff may help prevent behaviours related to addiction or substance abuse from escalating into a workplace crisis. Learn More

Inclusivity and Discrimination

Having approaches in place to address potential discrimination and promote inclusivity can help strengthen our workplaces, creating more positive, inclusive environments where all employees are supported to thrive and succeed. Learn More

Organizational Culture

Questions are provided to help leaders identify potential risks as well as areas of strength and ideas for developing and maintaining a psychologically safe organizational culture. Learn More

Peer Support Programs

A Peer Support Program can be part of an overall approach to a psychologically healthy and safe workplace. Learn More

Policy Recommendations

This framework looks at policy implications related to the potential impact on psychological health and safety across the employment life cycle. Learn More

Preventing Chronic Mental Stress

Several regions in Canada now cover claims under worker’s compensation for chronic (rather than just traumatic) mental stress and it is likely more may follow. Understanding how chronic mental stress might be defined and how to recognize the hazards and reduce risk can protect both employer and employees. Learn More

Psychologically Safer Terminations

Strategies to help protect the psychological safety of the employee the manager and co-workers during a termination. Learn More

Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment

Assess and improve leadership strategies that support a psychologically safe workplace in a process of continual improvement. Learn More

Suicide Prevention

Being able to recognize and respond to indications that someone is thinking of suicide may help avert a death by suicide. Learn More

Union Management Cooperation

Collaborating with union representatives about psychological health and safety initiatives from the outset aligns with the recommendations of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Learn More

Violence Prevention

Having effective and enforceable policies in place can be a first step to preventing violence in workplaces. Learn More

Workplace Trauma

Organizations can help prepare leaders and employees to respond to potentially traumatic incidents to help reduce the resulting negative effect on psychological health and safety. Learn More