As an employer, what do I need to do to prevent the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Why invest in a healthy workplace? 

  • Healthy employees are absent less often, have higher morale, have less injuries and are more productive and innovative, resulting in a better bottom line for the business and a higher level of customer satisfaction. 
  • Actual work time lost for personal reasons (illness, personal or family demands) increased to 9.1 days per worker in 2010 from 7.4 days per worker in 1997. (Statistics Canada, summer 2011).

Difficulty with stress and balancing work and home happen every day in Canada

The Canadian Standards Association has come out with a Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. This standard talks about 13 areas that can affect the mental health of workers.  

  1. Organizational Culture
  2. Psychological and Social Support
  3. Clear Leadership & Expectations
  4. Civility & Respect
  5. Psychological Demands
  6. Growth & Development
  7. Recognition & Reward
  8. Involvement & Influence
  9. Workload Management
  10. Engagement
  11. Balance
  12. Psychological Protection
  13. Protection of Physical Safety

Ottawa Public Health has services, like videossample policies and individual consultations that can help your business start working on these factors.

Check out Workplace Strategies for Mental Health to find practical ways to apply the standard in your workplace.

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