Cur­rent stud­ies show that men­tal-health is­sues cost em­ploy­ers ap­prox­i­mately $33 mil­lion a year and rep­re­sent the No. 1 cause of dis­abil­ity in Canada

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - CAREERS -

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.

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