Working is an important part of a person’s mental wellbeing because it provides people the opportunity to feel productive and contribute to their community. Responsible employers provide a physically safe environment for employees—but what about their psychological safety? Every workplace has psychological risks that impact the productivity, turnover and economic costs.
Workplaces can be stressful and contribute to mental health problems and illnesses. Adults in Alberta spend more of their waking hours at work than anywhere else, which is why organizations addressing mental health at work is so important (Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), 2021). According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, 70 per cent of Canadian employees are concerned about the psychological health and safety of their workplace, and about 30 per cent of short- and long-term disability claims are attributed to mental health problems and illnesses (2021). For the Canadian economy, those statistics account for a staggering cost of $50 billion annually.
Supporting employee mental health can improve productivity, cut down on absences and increase employee retention. It can be a complex task, but the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is here to help. Whether you work in healthcare, hospitality, construction, trades, public service, finance, law, education, non-profit, union work, community organizing, consulting, or anywhere in between, CMHA, Alberta Division has a suite of workplace mental health training opportunities to assist your organization with becoming a psychologically healthy and more productive place to work.
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