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Appendix A | The Conference Board of Canada Find Conference Board research at 20 Appendix A Methodology Literature review. Once the subject matter experts from Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and The Conference Board of Canada framed the building blocks for version 1.0 of the Roadmap, a literature review was conducted. The following research questions were used to guide the review of evidence for each of the eight building blocks: • What evidence exists on the effectiveness of implementing psychological health and safety programs/strategies in the workplace? • What are the critical first steps toward implementing psychological health and safety strategies and programs to protect mental health and prevent mental harm? • What is the anticipated employee experience relative to this building block? Do we have evidence as to the true employee experience? The purpose of the literature review was to identify evidence to support the benefits for each of the eight Roadmap building blocks and their alignment for supporting the National Standard. The literature review scanned both academic and grey literature back to 2007. An environmental scan of programs and policies that are being used to support the mental health strategy building blocks was also conducted. Mental Fitness Index (MFI). Five employers were engaged to have their employees complete the MFI. One confidential MFI link was created for any employee who wanted to participate. There were 1,792 responses. The Howatt HR MFI is designed to collect employee's mental fitness, psychosocial health factors, health outcomes, productivity, and employees' perceptions on the value of nine different type of programs (e.g., employee assistance programs, resiliency training) often used by organizations to support Psychological Health and Safety Management System initiatives. This activity studied the link between mental health program participation and employee experience. It established the average employee's MFI score benchmark. The MFI score is a composite index based on employees' perceptions around physical health, workplace experience, psychological health and safety, respectful workplace experiences, lifestyle choices, and productivity. The MFI also measures employees' program participation and their perceived benefit for engaging in the program. Various multiple linear regression analyses in R statistical software were used to examine employees, who participated in one or more programs. The analyses looked for any evidence proving that programs have a moderating effect (i.e., partially explain why) on predicting employees' productivity (i.e., attendance, discretionary effort and presenteeism). The number of programs and program impact were factors used in the analyses.

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