Supporting Mental Health at Work: Strategies for a Post-Pandemic World

Employee mental health has been a core part of occupational health and safety (OHS) for many years. But the issue really took centre stage when COVID came along.

According to government surveys, 1 in 5 Canadian adults were dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder in the fall of 2020. By the spring of 2021, that was up to 1 in 4.

Mental health has a huge impact on worker productivity. Depression, anxiety, and stress can make it difficult for people to focus or make decisions. That often leads to poor performance, absenteeism, and turnover.

Now more than ever, supporting the mental health of workers is a business imperative.

So what can OHS leaders do to create a psychologically safe and healthy work environment?

Here are a few strategies.

Read More ❯

Rising Demand for Health and Safety Managers in Canada

It likely won’t surprise you to hear that Canada needs more health and safety managers.

It has always been important to prevent injuries and illnesses in the workplace, of course. But the need to keep people safe on the job has garnered new attention since COVID-19 upended our lives.

Health and safety managers are responsible for developing and implementing policies to minimize risks and foster a culture of safety and wellness throughout an organization.

And more and more companies are realizing the value that these professionals bring to the table.

In this post, we explore the factors behind the rising demand for health and safety managers as well as the skills and qualifications that are on employers’ most-wanted lists.

Considering a career in this growing field? Here’s what you need to know.

Read More ❯

How to Become a Health and Safety Manager: Qualifications & Skills

Health and safety managers have a critical leadership role in many organizations: creating and monitoring policies and programs to keep people safe on the job.

Ultimately, they’re responsible for identifying risks, preventing accidents, and promoting safety and wellness throughout the organization.

If you have a background in health and safety and are hoping to move your career forward, the next logical step is to become a health and safety manager.

So what do you need to move into this role?

We analyzed dozens of job postings to see what qualifications and skills employers look for when hiring health and safety (H&S) managers.

Here are the typical requirements you'll need to fulfill.

Read More ❯

Workplace Safety vs. Workplace Wellness: What's the Difference?

Health and safety managers are tasked with looking out for the physical, mental, and emotional health of staff members at all levels of an organization.

That means more than just avoiding accidents. The most effective health and safety (H&S) plans incorporate both safety and wellness.

But what's the difference between the two?

In a nutshell: Workplace safety initiatives revolve around preventing illness and injury on the job. Everyone is required to follow the rules and non-compliance can have serious consequences.

On the other hand, workplace health and wellness initiatives are aimed at promoting healthy behaviours (including mental health and emotional wellbeing). These are often voluntary programs, so participation is not mandatory.

Learn which workplace health and safety initiatives fall into each category—and why a good OHS plan must include elements from both.

Read More ❯

New Health and Safety Management Certificate: Meet the Instructor

Photo: Health & Safety expert and instructor, Kylie Boyd

As we head into year two of the pandemic, many organizations are still struggling to re-define and optimize their approach to workplace safety and employee wellness.

We're seeing growing demand for health and safety leaders who can balance business objectives with the increasingly complex needs of workers. 

From hygiene control to mental health to considering the unique needs of people working from home: health and safety in today's environment poses a whole new set of challenges.

Striving to enhance your skills and stay ahead of the curve?

This is exactly what we teach in the new Health and Safety Management certificate at Kompass.

This week, we interviewed the instructor, Kylie Boyd to get an inside look at the training.

Kylie has over 17 years of experience in H&S leadership and has taught courses at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level.

Meet the instructor and find out what this course has to offer.

Read More ❯

Top 5 Health & Safety Manager Skills for Stronger OHS Leadership

Occupational health and safety is top of mind for many people these days. In the midst of a global pandemic, keeping people safe and healthy on the job has a whole new importance.

But workplace health and safety goes far beyond protecting people from disease. It encompasses total wellness, from physical safety to mental health, emergency procedures, risk prevention, and safety training for staff.

Each year brings new regulations, new best practices, and new research on how to improve health and safety at work.

If you're looking to advance your OHS career, which areas should you focus on? Which health and safety manager skills are most important right now and over the long term?

We asked our own OHS instructor and industry expert, Kylie Boyd to weigh in. She teaches a Health and Safety Management course specifically designed to enhance leadership skills.

Find out which areas you should focus on to create a stronger safety culture and take your career to the next level.

Read More ❯

1

Most Read