Hi everyone. We'll get started in just a few minutes
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 4:53:20 PM
Joining us today is Labour Minister Lisa Raitt and Dr. David Goldbloom, chair of the board of the Mental Health Commission of Canada
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 4:54:05 PM
Hello. David Goldbloom here! It's a pleasure to be here on this historic day for mental health and the workplace in Canada and I look forward to your questions and comments.
by David Goldbloom 1/16/2013 4:59:16 PM
Hi David, Thanks for joining us today
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:00:25 PM
Hello, Lisa Raitt here.
by Lisa Raitt 1/16/2013 5:02:21 PM
Hi Lisa, thanks to you as well for being with us today
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:02:44 PM
So the new standard identifies “psychological hazards of the workplace”? Can you give us some examples of what these include?
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:03:07 PM
Bullying and harassment are common examples. Work that is associated with high demand and low control, workplace injustice and lack of respect are others.
by David Goldbloom 1/16/2013 5:05:01 PM
And how does the new standard address or prevent these hazards?
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:06:48 PM
Structures, policies, processes and tools are put into place that allows an organization to identify and address the hazards and respond in a way that is relevant to their unique context and culture.
by David Goldbloom 1/16/2013 5:08:41 PM
Can you give an example of one such tool or policy?
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:09:32 PM
Guarding Minds @ Work, which is a program offered at no cost, will help assess an organization in terms of 13 work factors and provide appropriate suggested responses to improve the identified areas. The link is www.guardingmindsatwork.ca.
by David Goldbloom 1/16/2013 5:11:45 PM
Here is a question from a reader:
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:12:38 PM
There are a number of resources - maybe your company has an employee assistance programme, there are alot of online resources and community resources. Your local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association can help too. www.cmha.ca. We wish you well.
by Lisa Raitt 1/16/2013 5:15:05 PM
The standard is about prevention and promotion, about increasing awareness of mental health hazards, including bullying, and means for changing the culture so people are aware of the consequences of bullying. Civility and respect are examples of workplace factors that promote mental health, and these are factors that can be identified in workplace assessment. Ultimately, beyond rules and tools, it is about changing cultures and behaviours,
by David Goldbloom 1/16/2013 5:20:02 PM
I am hoping that employers will find tools and practises in the standard that they can use to deal with this issue. Since 2008, The Federal Private Sector have been subject to regulations which mandate they have policies regarding workplace violence. This standard will help those employers.
by Lisa Raitt 1/16/2013 5:20:58 PM
Here is a question from a reader about how the standard is actually implemented (particularly since it is voluntary)
by Melissa Whetstone 1/16/2013 5:22:33 PM