National psychological standard leading to mixed results: Survey

Workplaces safer, workers more knowledgeable – but many people still unaware of guidelines
By Marcel Vander Wier
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/15/2017

Four years after the creation of a national standard encouraging mental health in the workplace, results are mixed when it comes to the actual impact.

While the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace has made workers more knowledgeable about mental health and has led to safer work settings, there are also many workers who are unaware it exists, found a survey by Ipsos, commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.

The standard is a voluntary set of guidelines promoting psychological health in the workplace. Unveiled in 2013 by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, it serves as a road map for employers, helping them to identify, assess and measure potential hazards.