SUMMARY: A 3-year national research study has been undertaken by the Mental Health Commission of Canada to determine how Canadian employers are using the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. Results will help identify promising practices, formulate programs, and develop educational tools and processes to help more organizations adopt the Standard and to promote mentally healthy workplaces overall.

Join the conversation as we share questions and ideas from our participants and expert panel. Visit the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) website for more information about the Case Study Research Project.

How can you assess the psychological health and safety of your workplace?

July 2014

There are many ways to assess the current psychological health and safety of a workplace. The following are some resources to help with an assessment:

  • One way to start is by using the Sample Audit Tool, which is part of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard).
  • The Guarding Minds @ Work Employee Survey provides a comprehensive online tool that assesses the organizational factors known to impact psychological health and safety in the workplace.
  • The Guarding Minds @ Work Organizational Review is a questionnaire, answered by hand, that helps identify factors that can lead to psychosocial risks. This can be done as a review by management or by engaging teams in the discussion. The Organizational Review can be done on its own or before launching the Employee Survey.
  • In some situations a survey may be impractical. Having open discussions about identified risks can be just as effective. The free On the Agenda tool can help with this.
  • The Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire is another assessment tool that is being used in the context of the Standard. It provides a similar kind of report card as Guarding Minds @ Work.