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Hr's role in
Creating and Maintaining a
a psychologically safe workplace is one where there is clear and
supportive leadership, where employees feel engaged and valued
and where there is respect and civility demonstrated for one another.
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each year, one in five people in Canada
experience a mental health problem
or illness, with a cost to the Canadian
economy in excess of $50 billion per
year. annually, over 500,000 Canadians
miss work for mental health reasons
(including psychological harm) accounting for more than $6 billion in lost productivity costs. mental health takes a
toll on employees, teams, and on the
Psychological harm such as disrespectful
behaviours (bullying, harassment), lack of
clear leadership, exposure to excessive
amounts of stress, and failure to appropriately address ongoing "psychological"
workplace issues have a negative impact
on employees' health (both physical and
mental) as well as the productivity of the
workplace. If psychological harms are
not addressed they can impact morale,
contribute to turn over and negatively
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impact an organization's reputation out
in the marketplace.
a psychologically safe workplace is one
where there is clear and supportive leadership, where employees feel engaged and
valued and where there is respect and civility demonstrated for one another.
In alberta, there is a legislative requirement which further encourages a
psychologically safe work environment.
In December 2012 there was a legislative
change and now 'psychological harm' in
the workplace is accepted as compensable by WCb claims.
Creating safe workplaces
Creating a safe workplace requires
education, awareness of gaps, tools for
leaders to create mental health and psychological safety, and communicating
clear organizational expectations.
1. Education: It starts with education.
Hr professionals need to understand what a psychologically safe
work environment is. To assist organizations and Hr practitioners, the
Canadian Standards association has
published a voluntary standard for
workplaces that outlines what can be
done to - harm and promote a psychologically safe workplace. The standard is a voluntary set of guidelines,
and includes tools and resources
focused on promoting employees'
psychological health and preventing psychological harm due to workplace factors.
2. Identifying gaps: Creating a safe
workplace requires identifying
gaps in policies and procedures.
This review may include reviewing
investigation and complaint tracking information, focus groups with
managers and employees, surveys
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HUMAN Capital - Fall 2015
Building for Success at Alberta Health Services
Fostering Collaboration and Consultation in Developing AHS’s People Strategy
AHS HR Service Delivery Model
Transforming HR in AHS
Implementing Organizational Change Adoption
Leadership Development and the LEA DS in a Caring Environment Capabilities Framework
Blurred Lines: Human Resources and Health-Care Information
HR’s Role in Creating and Maintaining a Psychologically Safe Work Environment
HR’s Response in an Emergency Natural Disaster
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HUMAN Capital - Fall 2015