A diverse, respectful and open workplace is one of the keys to ensuring our employees have the environment they need to do their best in their service to Canadians.
Through our Framework on Mental Health we continue to address an important issue facing many Canadians. The work that has been done to date has generated momentum and enthusiasm. Regions and branches have taken the initiative to appoint a lead/champion, develop their own action plan to support the departmental activities, and have mental health be a key theme at all staff meetings.
For example, our employee networks, senior management blog and our Champions provide employees with a safe environment to connect with others and speak about their own experiences.
In the coming months and years, we want to help employees increase self-awareness of how to care for their mental health and develop employees’ and managers’ skills and confidence to offer help to a co-worker who seems to struggle. Most of all, we want to shift the cultural perception that asking for help is a sign of weakness.
Video: Stories of Excellence: A reflection on supporting respectful workplaces
More ways mental health and respect are promoted at ESDC
D’Arcy is reducing the stigma around mental health and helping us all to start talking.
Sue: I Have Depression (video)
“My name is Susan, Susie or Sue Spooner. No matter what name I go by, I am no longer embarrassed to admit that I live with depression. It is never too late to talk about it and take action.”
ELLE Panel: Mental Health (video)
“[Women] know our loved ones’ health more than our own health. Keep your appointments, keep your check-ups and check in with yourself. It’s very, very, very important.”
Improving the workplace, one conversation at a time (Video)
Dialogue is at the heart of a healthy workplace.
Pink Shirt Promise
On Pink Shirt Day, February 22, 2017, James Gilbert, ADM, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations, shared a personal story about facing bullying.
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