TLOMA HUMAN RESOURCES SIG - Information is useless without transformation: How to rapidly impact workplace mental health
There is growing information that workplace mental health is becoming a more significant challenge (e.g. YOY increases in STD/LTD & WCB claims due to mental health). Knowing workers' mental health is a growing concern is not enough. Assuming that simply putting in place programs and policies will be enough to impact is a common mistake. For employers to positively impact workplace mental health, they must first understand what psychosocial risk factors and hazards are creating the most considerable strain on the workers and leaders. Then discovering what protective factors the employer can facilitate using a Plan - Do - Check - Act (PDCA) approach to create the desired transformation (i.e. reducing mental harm and promoting mental health). Transformation and impactful workplace mental health initiatives will drive worker engagement and productivity, the decline in sick time, and disability costs that contribute to having a secure and sustainable workforce. In 2020, companies with the highest workforce treatment scores in Just Capitals' rankings outperformed the Russell 1000 by 4.7 percent.
Dr. Howatt, an international expert in workplace mental health, will provide professionals tasked with facilitating workplace mental health a framework for taking information and creating actions that put the organization on the right track to transform workplace mental health issues. Five in five workers and leaders have mental health. How effective the employer and employees learn to promote and protect workplace mental health will determine how well a work culture becomes psychologically safe and healthy. There are no shortcuts. There are no magic fixes to workplace mental health. To create rapid workplace mental health transformation requires a commitment to continuous improvement, collecting the correct data, engaging workers, measurement, reporting and auditing.
1. Explore critical considerations required to create a psychologically safe workplace
2. Review the link between risk actors, hazards and protective factors
3. Understand why workplace mental health required a Plan - Do - Check - Approach
4. Discover how to leverage a rapid approach to workplace mental health