Mentally Healthy Workplaces

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Published on May 8, 2009

Author: CCOHS

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Watch the broadcast of this webinar for free at: http://www.ccohs.ca/products/webinars/mental_health/

Learn about mental health protective factors and how to take care of both yourself and others in the workplace. Recognize risk factors including conflicting tasks, work overload and unreasonable work pace. Discover how skill discretion, decision authority, perceived fairness and leveraging your workplace's social support network could help your teams build a more mentally healthy workplace.

Mentally Healthy Workplaces: Strategies for Success Donna Hardaker Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) York Region Branch Produced By: www.ccohs.ca

Today’s Webinar What affects our mental health at work risk factors protective factors What we can do for our organizations our teams ourselves Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Mental Health Works – what we do Raise awareness about mental health and mental illness at work Train managers and other workplace professionals on effective approaches and strategies Educate employers and employees to create and maintain mentally healthy workplaces Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Businesses report changes Increased workload 91% Emotional tension is prevalent 64% Increased absences 68% Loss of productivity 61% Changes in duties 72% Adjusted schedules 44% Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Affecting workplace mental health Decrease risk factors Increase protective factors Solutions in the context of you, your team, your organization No quick fixes Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Effect of chronic stress Anyone will break down after being exposed to sufficient distress Stress has a cumulative and additive effect over time We all have different thresholds Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Effect of chronic stress Resistance fearful, angry, shocked, argumentative, irritable, emotional, avoiding Exhaustion feeling hopeless or victimized, not coping, raging, shutting down Crisis Make changes or become ill Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Risk factors Work overload Unreasonable work pace Uncertain or chaotic environment Role conflict Conflicting tasks Demand/control imbalance Effort/reward imbalance Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

What we can do about risk factors Decrease them Buffer or mitigate effects Change our response Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Risk factors: workload, pace, environment Too much work Constant, unreasonable demands Swiftly changing priorities with little predictability Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Risk factor: role conflict Having to choose between family obligations and work Values of organization differ from personal values Questioning your integrity, e.g. having to report on co-worker errors Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Risk factor: conflicting tasks Simultaneous deadlines Inadequate resources All tasks are deemed high priority Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Underlying risks Demand/control imbalance Effort/reward imbalance Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factors Skill discretion Decision authority Self efficacy Perceived fairness Social support Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factor: skill discretion The opposite of micromanagement Autonomy and choice with HOW the work is done Meet needs of employee and manager Individual differences Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factor: decision authority Your authority to make decisions connected to your work Meaningful participation in organizational decision-making Asking for input then not using it creates cynicism Some people are stressed by increased decision authority Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factor: self efficacy Believing that we have a measure of control over our lives Translates at work into: success on the job achieving goals feeling valued Severely affected by harassment, bullying, and mobbing Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factor: perceived fairness Perception is real to the perceiver Not necessarily about absolute justice Being able to understand and accept reasons behind decisions Commitment to transparency and accountability Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Protective factor: social support at work A workplace culture that provides a sense of belonging Neighbour at work approach Can be influenced by all employees every day Is severely affected by mobbing Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

What we can do with protective factors Identify what we have Build what is missing Create processes to maintain Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

As an organization Include employee wellness in organizational objectives Create and implement policies and processes Commit to clear and open communication Walk the talk Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

As a team Recognize differences Create clarity of roles and responsibilities Build toward collective success Share commitment to wellbeing of all team members Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

As individuals Raise self awareness needs responses Practice self care Manage up Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Resources Mental Health Works www.mentalhealthworks.ca Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health www.gwlcentreformentalhealth.com Guarding Minds at Work www.guardingmindsatwork.com Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

Thank You Donna Hardaker Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Phone: 905-572-2981 Fax: 905-572-2206 E-mail: clientservices@ccohs.ca Web Site: www.ccohs.ca Mentally Healthy Workplaces Produced by: CCOHS May 7, 2009 Donna Hardaker – Specialist, Workplace Mental Health Webinar Presentation

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