Leaders Must Champion Mental Health
This accessible infographic covers quick wins and next steps for addressing mental health in the workplace.
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Why Leaders Must Champion Mental Health in the Workplace
- 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental health concern each year.
- More than 2 million Canadians have a mental health related disability.
- Nearly half of employed Canadians with a mental health disability feel their condition makes it difficult to change or advance in their job.
- A healthy workplace results in reduced recruitment costs, absenteeism, conflicts, health benefit costs, as well as an all-around more productive and engaged workplace.
- Create ways for employees to support, recognize, and reward one another.
- Regular check-ins with staff to identify support opportunities.
- Flexibility in how, where, and when employees work (Work from home, ergonomic assessments, hot desk system, short breaks, etc.).
- Create a system to adjust and collaborate on accommodations for employees’ success.
- Encourage candid dialogue about mental health, stress, and wellness to create a positive and open atmosphere.
- Be accessible to employees and actively listen to their needs and concerns.
- Involve employees in the development of workplace mental health programs.
- Host Lunch n’ Learns. Topics could include professional growth, personal health habits, and financial wellness.
- Ensure benefits include mental health coverage. Doing so gives employees access to the right support and promotes the message that mental illness is common and treatable.
- Establish an Employee Resource Group or peer support system.
- Create a solid back-to-work plan for employees that promotes a healthy transition back to the office.
- Ensure at least one senior staff has up to date Mental Health First Aid training.