Psychological and social support is a work environment where the organization is supportive of employees' psychological health concerns and provides assistance as needed.
These statements make up the psychological and social support factor in Guarding Minds at Work:
- My employer offers services or benefits that support employees.
- My employer would support me if I were psychologically distressed.
- People in my workplace understand the importance of protecting psychological health and safety.
- People with disabilities are supported to do their jobs effectively.
- My employer helps employees to cope with workplace stress.
Engage your entire team in reviewing the factors that impact psychological health and safety in your workplace. This approach is recommended by the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. By doing this, you build awareness of the responsibility of each employee to contribute to a positive workplace culture. You also get their involvement in developing and being part of the solution.
Download this facilitator guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing psychological and social support.
Download the presentation slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how psychological and social support impacts your team and collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.
You can share the handout digitally or download and print them.
Each of the psychosocial factors identified in Guarding Minds at Work and the National Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace have similar resources that can be found here.