Conversations that Consider Needs

Conversations that Consider Needs There is a four-step process that can help us have conversations that consider our own needs and the needs of another person. Being aware of what our needs are and if they are met or unmet....

How can I explain my mental health problem to co-workers?

How can I explain my mental health problem to co-workers? Privacy is your right Your mental health problem is a medical problem, and you have the right to keep that information private. You’re not required to tell anyone else about...

Bottom Line Conference 2016 – Vancouver, BC

CMHA’s National Bottom Line Conference   The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) annual National Bottom Line Conference brings together business leaders, union representatives, policy-makers, researchers, and workers to improve mental health in Canadian workplaces. A national stage In 2013, at...

When an Employee has a Substance Related Problem

Your role as manager or supervisor: It is not to diagnose or counsel. In fact, it is unethical for someone in a relationship with power over another to engage in this type of help. Have a list of resources both...

How do I hire someone with a mental health problem?

How can I approach hiring to include people with disabilities, including those with mental health problems? Job description Job descriptions should differentiate between essential and non-essential duties. Include any interpersonal or “emotional” competencies that the job requires, such as the...

How can the workplace contribute to mental health problems?

How can the workplace contribute to or create mental health problems? A healthy workplace can contribute to the mental health of its employees. When good management practices are in place and employees are valued and respected, the workplace is unlikely...

Introducing a new employee with a mental health problem

Introduce an employee with a mental health problem just as you would any other employee. As the Canadian Human Rights Commission puts it, “An individual’s disability should not define him or her any more than gender, race or any other...

Explaining accommodations to the other employees

One of my employees has a mental health problem. How can I explain the situation to other employees?    The co-workers of an employee with a mental illness may come to you with their concerns—maybe they’re nervous about working with...

What are mental health accommodations?

What kinds of accommodations are people with a mental health problem likely to need? There is no comprehensive list of accommodations for people who are dealing with mental health issues. Accommodations tend to be based on the individual needs of...

Accommodation rights and responsibilities

What are the accommodation rights and responsibilities of employers, employees, and unions? The employer should: Create an atmosphere in which employees are comfortable asking for accommodation. This means providing employees with information about the organization’s accommodation policy, and creating procedures...
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