A fellow employee once said, “we spend so much time together at work; we need to take care of each other”. Wise words…
Whether it’s physical health, mental health, having a safe workplace, or just getting along with each other, it’s increasingly important for employers to be proactive when it comes to the health of their employees.
You can support physical health in a number ways:
Fortunately, mental health has become much easier to talk about and do something about.
Thanks to initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk Day, much of the stigma around mental health has been erased and there is much more support from employers. Full confession - I just wrote the word “tolerance”, then changed it to “support”, proving that there is still work to be done…
81% of businesses believe that it is important to support their employees’ mental wellness in the workplace however only 35% of small business, 65% of medium sized business and 76% of large business have mental health strategies.
In response to the gap, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has developed a toolkit based on three principles:
Bell Let’s Talk day is a remarkable initiative that to date has injected exactly $86,504,429.05 into the conversation on mental health. The campaign is focused on four pillars:
Letstalk.bell.ca is a rich resource of stories, testimonials, toolkits and more. This year Bell Let’s Talk Day is January 31.
It seems like every day there is another high profile example of sexual harassment in the workplace. However, social media campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp reveal that sexual harassment in the workplace is far more common than most people would like to admit. There is only one bottom line – employers need to have training programs in place so that everyone understands the issues, and rock-solid policies and procedures so that incidents are reduced and victims can be safely empowered.
The Chamber will be working closely with the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre in the coming months to
develop strong programming for local employers. Meanwhile, I’d encourage all employers to be
proactive. There is lots of helpful information online to get you started. Just google it. Furthermore, a workplace can be the scene of bullying, stress, physical danger, violence, discrimination and more. The same rules apply – training, policies and procedures.
As employers, we lead by example. Are you eating a fast food lunch in front of your computer, telling off-colour jokes in the lunch room, criticizing your employees in front of their co-workers? Or are you taking care of yourself and your employees, supporting the vulnerable, providing training and opportunities, and
generally making sure that your place of work is a good place to work?