Today I’d like to highlight a fantastic online resource for business owners and managers of all size of company or organization: Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
This website … is the primary vehicle through which the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace makes free information, tools and resources available to employers and organizations who recognize that a healthier workplace can improve their bottom line through:
– Improving psychological health and safety in the workplace.
– Supporting employee success when mental health is a factor.
All of the resources on www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com are free for anyone to use, and there is no advertising or products for sale on the website.
A Psychological Health and Safety Management System is similar to other management systems and should be integrated with existing policies and processes. This does not need to involve a significant investment, or a complete change in what your organization is already doing.
Mental health is just as vital as physical health in your employees, though problems can be much harder to identify. The goal with initiatives such as this one here from GWL is not for you or your managers to become psychologists or counselors, but just to be aware of the tools available to assist you in providing a safe and healthy workplace, and to find the right kind of help for those that might need it.
Generally, an individual is responsible for his or her own health and well-being, whether in or out of the workplace. However, organizations should do no harm to worker health.
One analogy would be a physical risk, such as a chemical in the workplace, which may not negatively impact all workers who are exposed to it. If the identified risk from the chemical is significant enough, that chemical should be eliminated. If the risk cannot be eliminated, it may be isolated, and training or guidance may be offered to those whose job requires exposure or, new procedures may be put in place to help mitigate the risk of exposure to the chemical. It is just as important to identify potential risks to the psychological health and safety of workers and take steps to eliminate or limit those risks for workers. A Psychological Health and Safety Management System helps employers learn to do this more effectively.
I would highly recommend anyone responsible for managing employees to spend some time on www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com, particularly the free training and tools section. Everyone benefits from a healthy workplace, whether it’s from increased productivity, reduced insurance premiums, or just a generally happier place to be!
If you would like some assistance in setting up a Psychological Health and Safety Management System, please contact your benefits advisor today.
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