Strategies for Mental Health Accommodation in the Workplace
The Conference Board of Canada, June 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM EST
Live Webinar by The Conference Board of Canada
Are you struggling with understanding how or even why to accommodate employees with mental illness? You are not alone. Having a strategy to address accommodation through all stages of employment is essential to meeting your legal duties and is a key ingredient in providing a psychologically healthy and safe workplace for all employees. Yet, every week in Canada, roughly 500,000 employees are off work because of mental health. For many, it is often environmental or attitudinal barriers keeping them out of the workplace. For those who do continue to work with a mental illness, they could be struggling with communication, performance, and work relationships. This is extremely costly for both the employee and the organization.
With appropriate accommodation, employees with mental illness can better manage their symptoms, and they can be productive and contribute to the success of the organization. But accommodation may be more than just reducing the number of hours worked. It may require modified duties that allow the employee to work within their abilities and limitations. Join us as Elizabeth Rankin-Horvath outlines the key ingredients in an effective and successful accommodation strategy that you can implement immediately.
In this session, participants will learn about:
- How the duty to accommodate applies to employee mental health
- How to understand accommodation needs of employees with mental health limitations
- Key strategies for accommodating employees with mental health issues through all phases of employment
Elizabeth Rankin-Horvath, Founder and President, Hale Health and Safety Solutions Ltd.
Elizabeth was Project Manager on the development of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and has worked with organizations across the country during her 20+ year career as a Canadian Registered Safety Professional. Elizabeth has a strong professional and personal understanding of the link between health and safety, employee wellbeing and business outcomes. As a Psychological Health and Safety Consultant and International Speaker, her current work focuses on transforming workplaces from toxic to terrific. Elizabeth is a member of the International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment, the Crisis Trauma Research Institute, Human Resources Professionals Association and the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers.