SUMMARY: Resources – including a facilitator guide, participant handout and slides – help you facilitate an effective team discussion about addressing and improving psychological competencies and demands in your workplace. The intended outcome is to create a practical and cost-effective action plan that works for your team.

Psychological competencies and demands are in a work environment where there is good fit between employees’ interpersonal and emotional competencies, their job skills, and the position they hold.

These statements make up the psychological competencies and demands factor in Guarding Minds at Work:

  1. Hiring/promotion decisions consider the "people skills" necessary for specific positions.
  2. My company hires people who fit well within the organization.
  3. I have the social and emotional skills needed to do my job well.
  4. My organization has prepared me to deal with the psychological demands of my job.
  5. I am able to do my job in a way that meets my personal and professional values.

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.

Facilitator guide

Psychological Competencies & Requirements

Download this facilitator guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing psychological competencies and demands.

Presentation slides

Psychological Competencies & Requirements

Download the presentation slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how psychological competencies and demands impact your team. Then, collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.

Participant handout

Psychological Competencies & Requirements

You can share the handout digitally or download and print them off.

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.