Building Healthy Workplaces: How to Create an Effective Mental Health Strategy with CAMH
Mental illness is slowly eking its way out from under the long shadow of stigma. However, few companies know what to do about it.
In a recent Globe and Mail article, Stephen Liptrap points out how one in three working Canadians report a current or past mental health issue, yet only 39 percent of Canadian employers have a workplace mental health strategy. South of the border, the situation isn’t any better.
It’s okay not to be okay. But how does that translate in your corporate culture? What are the implications in terms of employee engagement? What is the role of leadership?
For Mental Illness Awareness Week 2018, we were excited to have Paula Harrington, Director of Organizational Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), join TalentMap’s SVP of Engagement, Norm Baillie-David, to pool their insights about the state of mental health in the workplace and what HR professionals should consider when building a workplace mental health strategy.
Topics to be discussed include:
- How do you create a healthy workplace?
- Depression and anxiety can look different at work than in other situations. How can you recognize signs and symptoms?
- How should bullying and harassment be addressed?
- What about “acts of hostility” by people managers including ridiculing, giving the silent treatment, blaming, taking undue credit, and breaking promises?
Listen to the webinar recording for a dive deep into pressing topics from the reluctance of employees to self-report mental illness to gaps in management training, understanding and support. Find out how to break the silence.
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About Norm Baillie-David | SVP of Engagement at TalentMap
A recognized expert in workforce measurement and experiences, Norm Baillie-David, SVP of Engagement at TalentMap, works closely with clients to help them understand survey data to improve their workforce. Leveraging his research, strategy consulting, facilitation skills, and 30+ years of experience, Norm’s ability to tell a story with mounds of data give clients the needed direction and insight as to how to improve their workforce through a series of innovative workshops. Norm’s bilingualism and passion for workforce improvement have been a great asset in building and expanding TalentMap’s consulting business. When not en route to client meetings, Norm enjoys cooking, cycling, soccer, and getting his two teenage sons ready for life.
About Paula Harrington | Director of Organizational Development at CAMH
As director of organizational development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Paula Harrington oversaw the restructuring of a significant business unit within the organization in 2016. To work through the issues that arose, she facilitated a series of working sessions for the company’s leaders to come together and formulate the proper strategic responses.
Given the ubiquity of mental health-related challenges, CAMH continues to promote measures that contribute to positive mental health among its employees, and to handle change fatigue and uncertainty, all of which are dependent on the HR and organizational development team implementing solid change management practices.
Harrington has more than 20 years of experience in leadership development and coaching, talent strategy and management, organizational design, and change management, and has worked with both Canadian and global organizations in the public and private sectors.