What is Psychological Health & Safety?
In short, Psychological Health & Safety is about the promotion of mental health and the prevention of psychological distress in the workplace. A psychologically healthy and safe workplace does not require an employer to be in control of every possible factor influencing employee mental health—just those which are within the control, responsibility, or influence of the workplace.
Is there a standard for psychological health and safety?
Yes, but it is currently a voluntary standard. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace, also known as “the Standard,” provides an evidence-based benchmark for workplace psychological health & safety.
Why follow the Standard if it’s voluntary?
There are four primary benefits to implementing the standard: risk mitigation, cost effectiveness, recruitment and retention, and organizational excellence and sustainability. Workplaces with a positive approach to psychological health and safety are better able to recruit and retain talent, have improved employee engagement, enhanced productivity, are more creative and innovative, and have higher profit levels. Other positive impacts include a reduction of several key workplace issues including the risk of conflict, grievances, turnover, disability, injury rates, absenteeism and performance, or morale problems.
How is the Standard established in a workplace?
The Standard identifies 13 psychosocial risk factors shown by research to negatively impact workplace mental health. These risk factors include certain working conditions, management practices, policies, organizational cultures, and the way decisions are made and communicated. Through my consulting services, I offer a 3-stage approach of assessment, implementation, and evaluation to establish the Standard in a workplace.