You can access our free workshop materials to engage your team in a discussion about any of the psychosocial factors.
Reduce stigma in the workplace.
- Refer to Stigma reduction plan for help eliminating stigma and discrimination in the workplace.
- Ensure every leader and employee understands how their words and behaviours can impact both physical and psychological health and safety.
- Host a Psychologically safe interactions workshop that gets everyone thinking about how behaviours and words impact the work environment.
- Employees' role in psychological health and safety is another helpful resource.
Improve mental health awareness for all employees.
- Offer mental health education during Mental Health Week in May and Mental Illness Awareness Week in October.
- Consider subscribing to the free Mental health awareness weekly emails. Forward them to employees and discuss them at team meetings to encourage conversations about positive mental health.
- Build resilience and reduce stress through team activities. Building stronger teams has many easy and effective ways to improve the way your team works together.
- Incorporate mindful practices in day-to-day work, such as gratitude moments, meditation before meetings and expressing appreciation. Healthy break activities has some helpful ideas.
- Help employees develop personal coping strategies to improve how they respond to stressors. Resilience is a tool that can help.
Provide effective support for employees with mental health issues.
- Develop a stay-at-work or return-to-work plan for employees who may have a mental health concern with A tool to support employee success.
- Use the Protecting the psychological health and safety of volunteers toolkit to help identify volunteers who are struggling with mental health issues.
- Give your leaders resources like A tool to support employee success to help them become more comfortable talking to employees about productivity in spite of disabilities.
- Refer to Identifying employee issues for leaders for examples of how to develop a shared understanding among management, human resources and union representatives to support employees who may be struggling.
- Discuss how to stay connected when people are away from work due to illness, injury or caregiving obligations. Check out Return to work response for leaders to begin a conversation and set expectations.
Share the services and benefits available in your organization, community and online with all employees.
- Use the Mental health resource list tool within Identifying employee issues for leaders to help create an inventory. The leader can use this list to explain to their team what’s available to them.
- If you have an employee and family assistance program or benefit provider, invite them to present to all employees. Most will do this at no cost.
- Train leaders to Refer employees to relevant and available resources. This can also help leaders set appropriate boundaries for:
- Resolving workplace issues
- Supporting work success
- Referring to other experts for personal, health, family or financial stressors
- Share community or online resources to help with psychological health concerns, such as those shared in Health resourcesand Personal growth.
Consider Peer support programs that allow trained employees to assist colleagues.
- Effective peer supporters have similar experiences in both life and work.
- Assign mentors to new employees so that they have someone to go to for support in addition to their leader.
Additional actions and resources
Review Psychological health and safety policy recommendations to see where you can improve psychological health and safety. Include best practices for protecting employee psychological safety in your policies and procedures.
Adapted from Guarding Minds at Work ™