How much focus do you put on the mental health of your workers? If your answer is “not much,” you may want to reconsider. After all, a happy and healthy worker is a productive worker.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) defines a psychologically safe and healthy workplace as one that “promotes workers’ mental well-being and does not harm employee mental health through negligent, reckless or intentional ways.”
To create that psychologically safe workplace, CCOHS suggests implementing a Comprehensive Workplace Health and Safety (CWHS) Program. Such a program includes activities, initiatives and policies that will help improve or maintain the health and well-being of a company’s workforce.
There are many benefits of a CWHS, including employee engagement, employee retention and productivity.
In addition to creating a CWHS, employers can also promote good mental health with these strategies:
- Encourage active employee participation and decision making.
- Clearly define employees’ duties and responsibilities.
- Promote work-life balance.
- Encourage respectful and non-derogatory behaviours.
- Manage workloads.
- Allow continuous learning.
- Have conflict resolution practices in place.
- Recognize employees’ contributions effectively.
How valuable do you think a CWHS program would be for your company? What other strategies do you feel could be helpful in promoting good mental health in your workforce?
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