Mental Health in the Workplace

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Mental health in the workplace

A psychologically healthy workplace is a respectful and productive environment that makes every reasonable effort to promote and protect the mental health of employees.

Employers are responsible for protecting the health and safety of employees

  • 30 percent of disability claims are related to mental health problems and mental illness.Footnote 1
  • One in five Canadians experiences a mental health problem or mental illness each year.Footnote 2
  • $50 billion per year is the total cost of mental health problems and mental illnesses in Canada.Footnote 3

Top 8 practices—What can you do to help?

  1. Support employee participation and decision-making
  2. Define employees' duties and responsibilities
  3. Promote work-life balance
  4. Encourage and model respectful behaviours
  5. Manage workloads
  6. Provide training and learning opportunities
  7. Have conflict resolution practices in place
  8. Recognize employees' contributions effectively

Benefits of a psychologically healthy workplace

Better

  • engagement
  • morale
  • satisfaction
  • retention and recruitment
  • productivity

Reduces

  • absenteeism
  • grievances
  • health costs
  • medical leave/disability
  • workplace injuries

Employers should assess their workplace for hazards, whether physical or psychological, then develop a plan to address and mitigate those hazards.

For more information: canada.ca/workplace-health-safety