Thirteen Factors of Psychological Health and Safety
in the Workplace
- Psychological Support is an environment supportive of employees’ psychological and mental health concerns, and responds appropriately.
- Organizational Culture is a work environment characterized by trust, honesty, and fairness.
- Clear Leadership & Expectations is effective leadership and support that helps employees know what they need to do, how their work contributes to the organization, and whether there are impending changes.
- Civility & Respect is where interactions are respectful and considerate.
- Psychological Competencies & Requirements is a good fit between employees’ interpersonal and emotional competencies and the requirements of the position.
- Growth & Development is encouragement and support for the development of employee interpersonal, emotional and job skills.
- Recognition & Reward includes appropriate acknowledgement and appreciation of employees’ efforts in a fair and timely manner.
- Involvement & Influence is where employees are included in discussions about how their work is done and how important decisions are made.
- Workload Management is where tasks and responsibilities can be accomplished successfully within the time available.
- Engagement is where workers feel connected to their work and are motivated to do their job well.
- Balance is where there is recognition of the need for balance between the demands of work, family and personal life.
- Psychological Protection is where psychological safety is ensured, workers feel able to ask questions, seek feedback, report mistakes and problems, or propose a new idea without fearing negative consequences.
- Protection of Physical Safety is where appropriate action to protect the physical safety of employees.
Visit Guarding Minds at Work for more complete descriptions and resources.
The National Standard - A (musical) introduction
Watch as the 13 factors of The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace get the musical treatment at the 2015 Bottom Line Conference.