By Bill Howatt and Louise Bradley As leaders, most of the advice we seek today will be yesterday’s news by tomorrow. But we believe there are two pieces of advice on which you’ll be able to hang your hat throughout the entirety of COVID-19 - and beyond. Being kind is…Read more
Psychological Safety Blog
COVID-19 has arrived in Canada and we are in uncertain times.
To help leaders and their employees face the challenges ahead, Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) and HowattHR have launched this Psychological Safety Blog. It will be a trusted source for information, tools and resources to help leaders protect the health, safety and wellness of their people.
At this time, when individuals are being asked to practice social distancing, and organizations are implementing corporate isolation to limit the spread of COVID-19, these blog posts will focus on promoting mental health and preventing mental harms.
The goal of this series is to address perceived isolation barriers that if not addressed, can have a negative impact on employees' mental health and psychological safety.
We invite you to comment, share and ask questions, but remind you that discussions will be monitored.
We encourage you to check back often for updates and new resources.
Please be advised that this blog is not intended to provide information about COVID-19. For updates on the virus, we encourage you to visit the following sites:
- World Health Organization
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA)
Nowhere is this business as usual. In this pandemic there is and will be a lot of uncertainty and fear. Employers and managers need to be empathetic, educated on COVID-19 and aware of the impact this pandemic may be having on employees who are operating in both essential and non-essential…Read more
Blog Question: How will I mentally prepare for self-isolation? Many may skip this question because when we think of self-isolating our minds automatically go to physical preparation. Survival basics of food, water and shelter have naturally been the focus as we’ve responded to instructions to self-isolate. The fact that it…Read more
What is perceived isolation and how could this impact employees’ psychological safety? To answer this question, it is prudent to begin by exploring the factors that can predict an employee’s mental health. Physical health - exercise/movement, sleep, diet and lifestyle choices. Mental fitness - this is often referred to as…Read more