Gallup has consistently done polling designed to assess the level of “engagement” that workers have in their jobs. The results are staggering and sobering. The outcomes of poor engagement are workplace realities that too many of us may know all too well: high absenteeism, stress leaves, high turnover, workplace safety issues, poor productivity, and loss of profitability.
We also know that bullying and harassment are increasingly problems in workplaces.
All of these lead to relationship and mental health difficulties surfacing at workplaces—and damaging workplace performance. And this has led the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to recently announce their national “Standard on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace”.
What can managers, supervisors and CEOs do? Shalem offers two major tools to support your workplace to increase employee engagement, enhance collaboration, improve workplace performance and drive higher levels of productivity and success:
Centre for Workplace Engagement
Shalem’s Centre for Workplace Engagement (CWE) is a consortium of experienced “restorative practice” practitioners from various sectors, including labour, engaged in workplace safety and health. Building on what you already do well in the workplace, our practitioners provide a framework and consistent set of practices that support healthy relationships and conflict transformation in the workplace. CWE effectively helps you transform workplace conflict in such a way that harm is repaired, relationships are strengthened, and everyone can move on. We also help you build an engagement culture in your workplace that helps to prevent further conflict, resolves conflict effectively when it happens, and increases worker satisfaction—all in line with the CSA’s new Standard.
Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
Shalem has an active network of over 150 Master’s degree-level psychotherapists across Ontario who deliver EAP services for us. All of them belong to a reputable professional College, and all are certified to be able to offer “the controlled act of psychotherapy” in Ontario. A recent study shows that our therapists experience a higher level of satisfaction regarding their relationship with Shalem than perhaps other EAP providers. More and more workplaces are turning to Shalem for EAP services. Please contact Marg Smit-Vandezande, Shalem’s Director of EAP Services, for more details.
Engaging both CWE and EAP gives your workplace a full spectrum of mental health support!