For over 10 years, The Conference Board of Canada has been bringing organizations from across Canada together in Toronto to have meaningful conversations about Workplace Mental Health. While the dialogue in Canada is changing for the better, challenges still exist for many employers. Where once organizations and healthy workplace leaders were focused on building a business case, for many that business case has been made and workplaces now want to make real tangible differences that will positively impact their employees. Choosing the right initiatives, sustaining momentum, keeping up with employee demand, demonstrating results; are all real challenges for those building a mentally healthy workplace.
Top factors impacting workplace mental health
- Violence, Bullying and Harassment
- Post #MeToo and new expectations for civility.
- Technology and the ability to bridge access to mental health support.
- Future of work and the impact on employee health.
- Managing multiple employee lifecycles and generational differences.
- Creating competitive advantage through psychologically safe environments and employing those with lived experience.
Commit to action. The workplace is changing for the better, but many challenges still lay ahead for Canadian organizations along their healthy workplace journeys. Creating a healthy workplace is no longer a nice to have; senior leaders don’t just want talk; employers will not tolerate incivility, violence, and harassment. Words like “no longer” “don’t want” “will not” signify a readiness for change, but change isn’t always that easy.
Remove barriers. Mental health-care is failing many Canadians, the same recipe that works for some generations/demographics/departments may not work for others, and the future of work is changing with limited vision of how this will impact workplace mental health.
Join us. We need more employers to stand up and ask their workplaces to be better. We need better peer-to-peer conversations and we need more people who will take time to listen non-judgementally. We need more commitment from senior leaders and businesses to own and embed workplace mental health into their everyday operations. We need to listen to more of our friends, colleagues, managers, senior leaders who feel comfortable sharing their lived experience and making it OK for us too. Talking is critically important but it’s not enough—we need innovations in mental health-care to better support employees in need.
What sets the Conference Board of Canada apart?
We are a not-for-profit, independent, applied research organization with a mandate to mobilize innovations in areas that are meaningful for Canadian organizations. Workplace Health is a pillar for the Conference Board and we have a long-standing history of supporting employers through our Conferences, Workshops, Webinars, Research, and Executive Networks. Our unparalleled relationships with public and private sector organizations allow us to build meaningful programs that can have direct impacts in employee health for Canadian workplaces.
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