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

Psychological protection is a work environment where employees’ psychological safety is ensured.

These statements make up the psychological protection factor in Guarding Minds at Work:

  1. My employer is committed to minimizing unnecessary stress at work.
  2. My employer makes efforts to prevent harm to employees from discrimination.
  3. My employer makes efforts to prevent harm to employees from unsafe behaviours by clients, customers or patients.
  4. I would describe my workplace as beingpsychologically safe.
  5. My employer deals effectively with situations that may threaten or harm employees (e.g., harassment, discrimination, violence).
  6. My employer makes efforts to prevent harm to employees from bullying and harassment.
  7. I am able to raise concerns about psychological safety in my workplace.

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 Protection

Download this facilitator guide to help you lead a team discussion about addressing psychological protection.

Presentation slides

Psychological Protection

Download the presentation slides to guide a group discussion to better understand how psychological protection impacts your team and collaborate on an action plan to promote and protect this in your workplace.

Participant handout

Psychological Protection

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.