Seven in 10 (71 per cent) Canadian employees have some degree of concern with psychological health and safety in their workplace — and 14 per cent say their workplace is not psychologically healthy and safe, according to a survey released by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace.
"The fact that 14 per cent of respondents feel that their psychological health and safety is at risk in the workplace is a significant concern," says Mike Schwartz, senior vice-president of group benefits at Great-West Life and executive director of the centre.
"However, the number has declined from 20 per cent three years ago, which suggests that some employers are successfully taking steps to address these issues. More employers need to know that resources are available to help them address these issues and while it does take time and effort, it need not be costly."
More people feel physically safe (with 20 per cent concerned) than psychologically safe (33 per cent concerned) in their workplace, found the survey of 6,624 people, including 4,307 employees and 2,317 managers and supervisors.
The Canadian Standards Association is introducing a voluntary National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, expected to be released later this year.
"Many employers want to provide a psychologically healthy and safe work environment," said Mary Ann Baynton, program director at the centre. "The survey results underscore the ongoing need to equip employers with the right tools and the standard can provide a framework to guide their actions."