Current studies show that mental-health issues cost employers approximately $33 million a year and represent the No. 1 cause of disability in Canada
Addiction has published an excellent how-to manual called The Psychological Health & Safety Action Guide for Employers.
The action guidebook is very comprehensive and is framed around a six-point plan that includes policy, planning, promotion, prevention, process and persistence. It is also consistent with the International Standards Organization (ISO) which is now well known and widespread. One excellent element of this action guide is the step by step outline for each of the elements. In addition, readers will be pleased to note the guidebook also lists a set of resources for each of the six steps. These are very comprehensive, apply to a general public and appear to be very helpful for any leader no matter the level of experience.
For example, the action guide provides at least four superb resources to help leaders build a business case for their organization. One of the resources, published by Great-West Life, called Making the Business Case, Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace — Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, takes the reader through six clearly defined steps to developing a convincing business case.
As indicated in the guidebook, initiating organizational change requires leaders to engage in significant planning. Thus, I highly recommend their six-step protocol of policy, planning, promotion, prevention, process and persistence. When this framework is followed, you will be well on your way to building a psychologically healthy workplace.