Implement workplace psychological health and safety
The following resources provide systems and approaches to assist leaders throughout the process of promoting psychological health and preventing risks to psychological safety.
This system provides a framework for workplace psychological health and safety that aligns with the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
Commitment, Leadership, and Participation
Evaluation and Corrective Action
Management Review & Continual Improvement
Implementing the entire Standard is an ideal approach, but there are many other options to make positive change. You can effectively begin improving psychological health and safety in your workplace even if you have limited resources and budget.
Develop and communicate the assessment plan
Consider a range of appropriate actions
Suggested responses by factor
Plan for continual improvement
Following are approaches for assessing and improving the skills of your leaders to help prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of employees, and address problems related to psychological health and safety.
Assess skills related to psychological health and safety drawing on evidence showing that employees who work for psychologically safe leaders are more likely to report higher job satisfaction and engagement, better workplace relationships, and better psychological well-being.
Understand and address risks
Leaders can help reduce exposure to risks by expanding understanding and adopting policies and prevention approaches to address a range of issues related to workplace psychological health and safety.
Whether dealing with employees who have mental illnesses or addressing psychological health and safety in the workplace, these questions can help you review possible exposures to risk or potential for improvement.
Practical policies and prevention strategies that eliminate or mitigate risks.
Addressing Domestic Violence
Bereavement Leave Policy
Building Emotional Intelligence
Framework to Help Eliminate Stigma Impairment Policy
Inclusivity and Discrimination
Peer Support Programs
Preventing Chronic Mental Stress
Dr. Martin Shain
Principal, Neighbour at Work and academic lawyer, said of the evolution of workplace mental health in Canada: “I think CEO understanding of the importance of mental health has been one of the most meteoric growths in the last 10 years."