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JUMP START GUIDE | JUNE 2021 1 BACK TO CONTENTS How concerned is your organization about psychological health and safety in the workplace? With changes in legislation, an increase in worker compensation claims, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, remote workers, and growing concerns about the mental health of the Canadian workforce, attraction and retention of healthy employees is becoming top of mind for many senior leaders. Mental health in the workplace requires two-way accountability. There is no single program or policy that will fix the current trends with respect to short-term mental health disability claims or the percent of worker compensation claims that now have psychological elements. What is required is the employer working with the employees in a joint partnership to reduce mental harm and promote mental health. Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) in Ontario is committed to assisting the employer to evolve the conversation past the traditional occupational health and safety (OHS) paradigm that focused solely on prevention of physical harm in the workplace. The evolution of OHS will be to include both physical and psychological safety in the workplace. This Jump Start Guide is intended to help psychological health and safety champions make decisions on where to focus, as well as provide concrete action steps. The Jump Start Guide is based on the Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap that was published by the Conference Board of Canada (CBoC). The Roadmap was created to be a user-friendly interface for the CAN/CSA-Z1003-13/BNQ 9700-803/2013 National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace ( National Standard). It is aligned with its three tenets: to prevent mental harm, promote mental health, and resolve incidents or conflicts in the workplace. The Roadmap is a flexible framework that any organization can use in initiating or facilitating a psychologically healthy and safe (PHS) workplace. "Psychological safety is a belief that one will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns or mistakes." Amy Edmondson HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL PROFESSOR

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