Workplace wellness chat: Psychological health and safety
Back by popular demand! Our podcast series “Carrying On”
welcomes our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity back into our podcast
“studio” to share some mental health insights. He’s joined by Andrew Harkness,
Strategy Advisor of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, to discuss
psychological health and safety.
Coping skills considerations
We’ve all had to create and discover coping-skills. The
dangers with at-risk coping skills are the frequency, duration, and intensity.
These will create illusions of immediate symptom-relief. Our Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity encourages us to discover pro-social coping skills.
Building trust is foundational to successful human
relationships, which plays a big part in successful workplaces. What is the
formula for building trust? Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity
shares his insights.
Let’s start to notice the opportunities associated with a
“new normal”—new work, new habits, new relationships, etc. Engaging in new
skills will allow you to keep pace with innovations. Our Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity helps us navigate the idea of a “new normal.”
Finding silver linings
It’s been approximately 100 days since onset of
COVID-19. There have been so many hardships; what is the silver lining? Our
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity elaborates on his personal ups and
downs during this pandemic and helps us understand how to find the silver lining
in all of this.
While many consider worry to be exclusively negative, our
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity reminds us there are some positives.
Worry helps us identify when something needs to be addressed or fixed. The
challenge is when it becomes overwhelming. Learn how to manage worry.
Returning to the workplace
It’s June 2020… Some are on their way back to work, some
never left (thank you, essential workers!), and some will not go back to an
office. There’s all kinds of change happening so what can we expect for back to
work? How do you navigate through a new process?
Inclusion and diversity
Diversity and inclusion are limited by many factors, one of
which being implicit biases. These are unconscious and often go unnoticed within
the thoughts they occupy. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity
addresses ways to identify your own biases.
Let’s face it: parenting is tough and even more so during a
pandemic. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity offers a set of
5 fundamentals he views as useful and effective when navigating everyday
challenges faced by parents.
Sleep disturbances and insomnia
Sleep disturbance occurs as a result of risk factors
(COVID-19, financial stress, troubled relationships, professional stress, etc.).
Lack of sleep will lead to irritation, uncontrolled emotions, and other
undesirable outcomes. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity provides 5
easy-to-remember tricks for falling asleep.
Reinforcing social connections with networking skills
During the COVID19 pandemic, our Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity has shared with us the many benefits of creating and
maintain social connections, mostly supporting good mental health. One key
strategy in building social connections and reducing risk of feeling isolated
and lonely is to develop networking skills. Learn the how-to’s.
Creating intentional, non-negotiable habits and behaviours
Psychologically, it takes 6 weeks to create a habit.
Improved mental health is a result of maintaining intentional, non-negotiable
habits. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity provides you with ideas
you can exercise for the next 6 weeks. Will you build a habit over this time
Generating awareness about suicide
Something that is interesting about the Mental Health space,
is that we don’t talk about suicide. We should not avoid tough topics,
especially during a pandemic. Learn from our Chief of Research, Workplace
Productivity on how to increase conversation, thus awareness.
Ways to reduce mental fatigue
Has your mind been feeling tired? You may not realize but
“Zoom” fatigue is an emerging issue… overload on new processes is an issue…
worry of spreading, catching and living with contagion is an issue. Our Chief
of Research, Workplace Productivity provides a framework for managing mental
Types of stigma and reducing it in the workplace
Common feelings and fear of being socially rejected often
stem from stigma—self-stigma, peer stigma, and organizational stigma. The latter
creates fear of putting your career at risk. How does one manage organizational
Mentally preparing for return to work
Different jobs require different skills. Some physical, some
mental, some social. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity highlights
some key focus areas upon returning to work.
20% of Canada, at any point in time, is dealing with a
mental illness. About 20-30% is dealing with loneliness, which is probably 50%
or so during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from our Chief of Research, Workplace
Productivity for guiding principles on how you can make your mental health a
Managing alcohol consumption during COVID-19
COVID-19’s effects on individual stress have added to the
over 75% of Canadians who consume alcohol yearly. The danger lies in habit
creation. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity discusses alcohol
consumption for the mental health series.
Celebrate what you have today
Overcome negative emotions by concentrating and rewarding
the accomplishments. Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity reminds us
all of the importance in celebrating big and small milestones during the
COVID-19 pandemic, to better mental health.
Financial health management
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity on Financial
Health; it was the #1 cause of stress amongst Canadians pre-COVID-19. Hear our
"Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity" tips on financial health management,
for better mental health.
Experiencing the stages of grief
How do you navigate grief? Loss? Regret? Canadian's are
facing a time of loss—of routine, loved ones, hobbies, etc. How can you help
those around you? Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity offers tips
and insights on managing your mental health during COVID-19.
Acts of kindness
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity on acts of
kindness and their importance during COVID-19.
Frustration and anger
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity on managing
frustration and anger: Feelings are important and good, but our reactions to
those feelings are what define us as individuals.
Cognitive behaviour and anxiety
Your neural pathways are not locked; there are ways to
The COVID-19 era has challenged our mental health. Our
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity reminds us: you are not alone—be
mindful of that and don’t forget to deal yourself some empathy.
Wondering how to HELP the healthcare system maintain
resiliency? Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity asks us to focus on:
honouring government restrictions, encouraging recognition, learning how to
support, and promoting prevention.
Play with happiness
Did you know 50% of happiness is genetic, 10% stems from the
environment and 40% from what you chose to do? Chief of Research, Workplace
Productivity offers insights on crafting your happiness for better mental
health during COVID-19.
BOND in your relationships during COVID-19
Break vs. Bond: How is your relationship weathering the
COVID-19 test? Don't lose sight. Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity
reminds us not to make big decision while under significant stress.
It’s proven that people who practice conscious daily
gratitude benefit from increased resiliency and joy. Focusing on real-time
gratitude develops a more positive overall outlook.
Lowering anxiety if you develop symptoms
From a mental health perspective, what can you expect if
diagnosed with COVID-19? Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity says one of the critical component
is managing fear, in order to protect your immune system.
“We're building this spaceship as we’re flying,” says Chief
of Research, Workplace Productivity of our adaptability as Canadians. Daily, we
are seeing new norms, new processes, and new beginnings and much more.
Charging your battery
Don’t let your work battery drain your personal battery.
Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity gives tips on how to recharge
efficiently, day to day, during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Managing anxiety and social isolation
Today's lessons on mental health from Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity address personal anxiety from self isolation and
tackling it in a SAFE way.
Dealing with job loss
For some of us, COVID-19 may bring job loss; it’s an
unfortunate and undesired reality that one may struggle to cope with. Our Chief
of Research, Workplace Productivity shares his expertise on how to work through
SELF: Self-compassion, empathy, love, and fun
Today’s mental health podcast from Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity helps us understand the importance of SELF during
PURE: purpose, urgent, respect, and energy
Respect has always been important—now it’s crucial. How does
upping your respect affect others? Our Chief of Research, Workplace
Productivity shares insights in COVID-19 and mental health series.
Dealing with isolation
In this podcast with Chief of Research, Workplace
Productivity, we learn how to identify and minimize perceived isolation and its
effects. "Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity" also touches on objective
isolation and other ways COVID-19 may be affecting you.
Coping in the age of social distancing
Day 4 of our series on mental health with Chief of Research,
Workplace Productivity covers the key elements in social distancing. Today, Dr.
Howatt digs into
what may be causing anxieties, best social practices, and more.
Calm in the midst of a crisis
Day 3 of Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity of Mental Health and COVID-19
series highlights the importance in having the ability to find inner calm during
these stressful times. Learn his tricks, and work to develop your own.
Coping with fear
This podcast focuses on fear and COVID-19. Our Chief of
Research, Workplace Productivity explains how to deal with the benefits and
drawbacks of fear.
Welcome to Mental Health and COVID-19 with "Chief of
Research, Workplace Productivity"
Our Chief of Research, Workplace Productivity has committed to offering podcasts with a focus on mental health to
assist all employees and those at home during these stressful times.