Improving psychological health and safety in the workplace: Why it matters and what it takes

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Merv Gilbert, Professor at Simon Fraser University, delivers a presentation around “Improving psychological health and safety in the workplace: Why it matters and what it takes”

The psychological health and safety of employees deserves the same attention as their physical health and safety. Taking action to enhance psychological health and safety has been shown to improve workforce engagement, engagement and productivity. Failing to address psychological health and safety increases the risk of escalating disability costs, accidents and litigation. Increasingly, organizations understand this, but are unsure where to start. This session will describe the process and challenges of implementing a psychological health and safety management system in Canada.

Dr. Merv Gilbert has worked as a psychologist for over thirty years in clinical and leadership roles in regional, provincial and international settings. Dr. Gilbert is an Adjunct Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is a member of the Steering Committee of American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Network. He is a primary participant in the development, evaluation and dissemination of resources for workplace mental health, including Guarding Minds@Work, Antidepressant Skills@Work and Psychological Health and Safety: An Action Guide for Employers. Dr. Gilbert has published in national and international professional journals and has presented at a diverse array of forums on the importance of workplace psychological health issues for individuals and organizations. He has consulted with governmental, private and public-sector organizations. He recently led an evaluation of 40+ organizations as they implemented the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace on behalf of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

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