Help Is There When You Are Ready! - Wellness in the Workplace
No one can help you, unless you want to help yourself improve in how you live each day. This is very important for employers to remember. Even threats of losing one’s job is often not a motivator for an employee to seek out the needed help for what is in their way of being healthy and productive individuals. You can not help someone until they are ready to accept help.
You also can not ignore the situation.
What you can do as an employer, is ensure you have done everything you can to offer support. A good method in managing the situation is to continue measuring their performance based on expectations of the role and their willingness or not to improve business results and not what they are doing to manage their struggle, mentally or physically. Also, due diligence requires you to do everything reasonable to ensure their safety along with that of others around them. Sounds straightforward enough… Yet, it is not that easy. We are dealing with people and all of us are unique which makes every situation unique too.
Members in Grand Erie met this month to discuss the uniqueness of each situation as well as some commonalities found in this multi dimensioned topic of wellness around Mental Health, often concurrent with Addiction and how it’s so important to improve Psychological Safety in the Workplace.
Wellness in the Workplace is a very broad and deep topic as there is no magic formula to help everyone in the same way. We are all unique with our own personal challenges at some point in our lives where even a little help can go a long way.
As a responsible employer, it is in everyone’s best interest to be aware of how to deal with urgent situations as well as seek ways to improve workplace wellness in our own organizations. This is a huge job as everyone’s challenges are unique in condition, emotion, severity and even the availability of personal support from family and friends.
The good news is…There is help out there to support employers. It requires you to take the first step in finding out what resources are available to you through local community support systems, province or in nationwide supported initiatives. As applicable and ready, there are also formal Wellness and Employee Assistance Programs(E.A.P.) that employers are participating in to help them improve their support systems for employees
Here’s a recap of the event discussions
Workplace Wellness - Community Support Systems
It is so important to be aware and understand what is happening now and seek ways to how best address immediate needs first before implementing any program.
Where to get help - Start with your Community Health Partners
Our Group heard from guest speakers with St Leonard’s Community Services on the following topics:
- Facts about Mental Health - Increase your knowledge about mental health, reduce stigma and increase awareness with your team.
- Addiction – Recognition and Support
- Take Action - Learn when to take action and how to respond effectively.
- Early Intervention - what to look for…
- Emergency/Crisis or Escalation – What to do…
- Support Services for employers and employees as part Brant Health Community
Did you know?
- You can get free Naloxone Kits
- The Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Act Senate – Bill C-224 hopefully will help save more lives.
Up next to inform on some of the support systems available for employers in building Psychological Safety in the Workplace and implementing corporate wellness programs was a representative of Stressed Out Solutions . Understanding the importance of engaging and training leaders and staff to support psychological safety in the workplace through Communication, Accommodation, Resources and Education. (C.A.R.E.) Programs which should be designed to best match your workforce needs and be flexible enough to meet various and changing demands effectively.
The Discussion Topics included:
- Building Psychological Safety in the Workplace – Examples of pyschological stresses influencing our employees behavior and productivity
- Design, Content & Evaluation of Programs(program material handout for participants)
Thanks to our host partner - - Jill Halyk & team at Workforce Planning Board - Grand Erie Region.
As always, there were other good discussions and peer support at this event and I hope to continue seeing more opportunities open up with members coming together in continuing these valuable conversations. Let me know your hot topic and what month is good for you to host.
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Until the next time…