Is Your Workplace Prepared
for Mental Health?
The Saskatchewan Workers Compensation Board
is now accepting psychological claims. What does
that mean for Saskatchewan employers?
In today’s changing world, an employer
has to be prepared for anything. It
is a positive step forward to see mental
health coming to the forefront of health and
safety initiatives – the Workers’ Compensation
Board in Saskatchewan is now accepting psychological
Every person experiences stressful events
from time to time and that stress can affect people
in different ways. Like it or not, people tend
to bring their home lives to work in some way
or another. Hopefully, as an employer, you are
prepared to assist your employees when they
should need help with mental health issues.
How can an employer prepare for mental health
claims in the workplace?
To prepare for the world we live in today,
employers should institute a mental health
policy. This should also include policies on bullying
and harassment, which can deeply impact
mental health. These policies should be reviewed
regularly and brought up at toolbox
meetings, training days, etc. Ideally, employers
have set up an Employee Family Assistance
Plan (EFAP), where employees can phone and
get the help they need when they need it without
the barrier of cost.
Employers should have their employees
trained in mental health first aid and offer additional
courses that can be taken online. It is
By Tracy Slywka, Injury Solutions Canada
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