Employee Wellness

Mental Health in the Capital 2020

Disability claims for mental health issues have become a top concern for Canadian employers. Organizations have adopted mental wellness strategies to help employees thrive and to protect psychological safety … but how effective are these strategies?

Conference | March 31–April 1, Ottawa

What is Psychological Safety?

Recently a group of occupational health and safety (OHS) and human resources leaders were asked to define psychological safety as if they were talking to a five-year-old. Most leaders didn’t appear clear, or perhaps confident, to put in their own words a simple definition that the average employee could grasp and would understand the benefit to them.

Op-ed Dr. Bill Howatt

Mark Henick interviews Dr. Bill Howatt to discuss the psychology of workplace mental health--mental injury, loneliness, depression, and what employers can do to help their employees dealing with these and any other issues.

Employee Benefits Benchmarking in Canada

Learn what a comprehensive Employee Benefits plan looks like in Canada. Updated and improved for 2019, this report summarizes data from a survey of 217 organizations covering over 1.2 million employees across Canada.

Website and Report

Design for team innovation: How leaders create psychological safety

Leaders like Kyle Dubas set teams down a path of openness, sharing, and self-expression. This is very different than leaders who use fear and control. According to a Science of Work post by Wendy Hirsch, ignoring bad leadership can cost almost $24 billion in productivity, work absences, and health costs.

Sylvia Apostolidis, Natasha Ouslis

The case for employers to have well-defined cannabis policies

When it comes to cannabis in the workplace, what employers do matters, according to a new study from the Conference Board of Canada and The Globe and Mail. The study investigated the impact of recreational and medical cannabis on the workplace, and found that employees at organizations with more mature...

Dr. Bill Howatt, November 22, 2019| Op-ed

Compen­sation Planning Outlook 2020 This benchmarking report provides the most up-to-date data, essential for any organization looking to secure the talent they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace. Based on the insights gleaned from hundreds of organizations who participated in the 2020 Compensation Planning Outlook Survey.

Kelsey Coburn, Allison Cowan

Let’s get deliberate about corporate culture

As the working world continues to evolve, corporate culture remains an important focus area for many organizations. Workplace culture can have a significant impact on organizational performance, employee engagement, and the ability to retain and attract talent.

Kim Parsons, Content Expert | Blog

Canada’s mental health agenda should address mental health in the workplace

On any given day, 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health related challenges. In our Healthy Brains at Work research, the numbers provide an even more precise look of mental health in the workplace.

Bryan Benjamin and Charles Boyer, October 9, 2019

Mental health and mental illness are not interchangeable

What comes to mind when you think of mental health? Many think of it through a mental illness lens. Employers play a major role in supporting employees’ mental health, but they must be clear on what mental health is and how it links to mental illness.

Dr. Bill Howatt, October 9, 2019 | Blog

Facilitating a safe and respectful workplace

Despite the compelling evidence, not all employers are fully engaged in preventing harassment (including bullying and sexual harassment) and workplace violence.

Dr. Bill Howatt, May 21, 2019 | Op-ed