1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Developing A Psychological Health & Safety Action Plan for your Workplace
Speaker: Norm Baillie-David, MBA, CAIP
As the COVID-19 pandemic slowly shows signs that it’s receding, the toll that it has taken on mental health and well-being is what is being left behind. More than ever, organizations are concerning themselves with psychological health and safety in the workplace, but just the term seems daunting. While many larger organizations have begun to tackle this issue in the last few years, many smaller municipalities lack the where with all and/or resources, and don’t even know where to begin. There are legal obligations, but more importantly there is the health, wellness and engagement of employees which comes into play. A psychologically healthy and safe organization is an effective organization.
While the term “Psychological Health & Safety” infers “mental health”, it is actually much more than that. In fact, according the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety, there are thirteen factors which influence psychological health and safety in the workplace. What is interesting is the high degree of overlap between these thirteen factors and the factors which determine employee engagement.
The learning objectives of the session will include the following:
- Understand the overlap and linkages between psychological health and safety (mental health) in the workplace and employee engagement;
- Learn how to build a ‘business case’ for a “PH&S” initiative in your organization by identifying the statistical prevalence of mental illness and addiction in the workplace and society in general;
- Develop a process to develop a PH&S action plan which is grounded in the National Standard and the thirteen workplace factors;
- Develop a mechanism (survey) to properly measure and assess the state of psychological health and safety in your workplace to use as a baseline and series of metrics to measure continuous improvement
Norm Baillie-David, MBA, CAIP
Norm is a recognized expert in employee engagement, organizational development, and strategic planning; and is a seasoned bilingual (English/French) facilitator, with more than thirty years of experience across Canada and around the world. He has extensive experience in the field of psychological health and safety in the workplace, and specifically its links to employee engagement. Norm will share his direct experience in developing PH&S action plans for a number of government organizations at both the federal and municipal levels. He has also conducted extensive many employee engagement survey and consulting assignments with many Ontario and Western Canadian municipalities. He has also given presentations at a number of OMAA and other municipal association events.
Norm has also worked closely with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (in Toronto) to develop a comprehensive survey instrument to measure employees’ perceptions of psychological health and safety in the workplace, based on the National Standard developed jointly by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Standards Association.
Norm’s passion is helping leaders and managers improve performance through a healthier and more engaging employee experience. His consulting assignments routinely result in organizations achieving stronger employee engagement, and leadership teams working more collaboratively and effectively together.