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Overview COVID-19 has changed our workplaces, possibly forever. In addition to the many physical safety considerations and risks it presents, it has also magnified the importance of mental health. Employers should identify and address any new psychosocial risks that have emerged as a result of COVID-19. Employers should consider their specific obligations under disability accommodation, workplace safety insurance and occupational health and safety laws as psychological stress and mental disabilities may be work-related. Best Practices The information and recommendations contained in this publication are believed to be reliable and In addition to assessing and addressing psychosocial hazards, employers should follow these best practices to promote a psychologically safe and healthy workplace: Communicate – Talk openly and regularly about mental health. It can help break down barriers and can make workers feel safe coming forward with concerns. Check in regularly – Don't wait for workers to come to you. Ask how they are doing and if you observe concerning changes, check in to make sure everything is okay. Recognize everyone's experience is different – Leaders should expect that each worker's experience with the crisis will be different and support should be provided based on individual needs. Lead by example – By sharing your own feelings and being transparent, your workers may see you as authentic and may be more inclined to trust when you're lending support. Leave nothing "off the table" – Even the most difficult topics should be part of your planning and conversations. PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY RESOURCES FOR LEADERS DURING COVID-19 WSPS.CA

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