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Returning to the Workplace: Considerations for Supporting Staff Mental Health
How businesses reopen, or re-invite remote staff back to the office, can have a significant impact on the mental health and wellbeing of employees. There are steps you can take as an employer or manager to improve this process, as well as ways you can support your employees in the transition.
Like you, we are monitoring the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19 and we remain committed to the health and safety of our staff and clients.
We have taken our advising and training solutions online.
The services outlined below are available using teleconferencing and webinar platforms – we will work with you to determine the best method for your organization.
All of our services can be adapted to reflect your workplace’s new reality, whether staff are working remotely, restructuring is taking place, or essential service providers need additional support; we can help you improve the resilience of your team and your business.
Build a Healthy Workplace Culture
With so many workplace wellness programs available, getting started can be daunting. Many clients have told us that they previously felt there was no cohesive strategy in place at their organization. We can help!
From start to finish, Thoughtfull will assist you in developing a comprehensive workplace wellness strategy. Already underway? Our team can streamline and align the great work you’re already doing, plus fill in any gaps.
Services include: choosing baseline assessment tools, interpretation of data, reviewing and drafting policies and procedures, creating respectful workplace guides, and more.
Services include: manager and employee training, and consultation regarding internal and external communications to increase employee engagement and promote your reputation as a mentally healthy workplace.
Manager & Employee Training
Training and professional development opportunities are tailored to your needs and goals. Fully customizable for any sector and size of workforce.
Training can take the form of formal presentations, workshops, facilitated discussions, or casual crew talks. Thoughtfull can also design Train-the-Trainer courses and peer support programming.
Let’s explore how we can work together.
examples of training
Sample topics below .
We’ll work with you to design the perfect training plan for your organization.
Minimum 1 hour each. Pricing starts at $300 +GST for Lunch & Learns.
Mental Health 101
• An introduction to key mental health topics in a workplace context.
Less Stress at Work
• Understanding, managing, and utilizing stress.
Managing & De-escalating Conflict
• Recognizing the early stages of conflict plus practical solutions to avoid escalation.
• Learn about protective factors that help instill resilience.
Professional Development Modules
- 5 x 1.5 hour modules culminating in a certificate of completion
- Topics: Intro. to the Mental Health Continuum, Psychological Health and Safety at Work, Clear and Assertive Communication, Modeling Effective Leadership and Self-Care Skills, Planning and Implementing Workplace Mental Health Strategies.
Responding with Respect for Managers
- 4 hour training, learn a framework for responding to employees who may be struggling with their mental health or going through a challenging time. Includes an overview of the duty to inquire and duty to accommodate.
NOTE: Standardized courses are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19. Please contact us to choose different workshops that will fit your needs.
Mental Health First Aid
- 2 full days, MHFA teaches participants how to help someone showing signs of a mental health issue or experiencing a mental health crisis. This course includes recognizing the early signs of specificc mental health issues and a framework for responding. MHFA Canada is an evidence based program of The Mental Health Commission of Canada.
- 3 hours, Suicide alertness training that prepares anyone to be more aware of the signs that someone may have thoughts of suicide, how to approach the topic in conversation, and how to connect that person to an interventionist in the community.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
- 2 full days, ASIST trains participants how to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide, including the creation of a safety plan. The ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
What Makes Us Different?
Thoughtfull is a social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna & District branch (CMHA Kelowna). This means that Thoughtfull operates like a business AND social good is at the heart of everything we do. When you choose Thoughtfull, not only will you receive high quality service, you’re also helping us create a mentally health community.
Our team combines expertise in training and adult education, human resources, occupational health and safety, communications, and front-line social work experience. We also work with community partners and other subject matter experts to ensure your workplace wellness strategies are innovative and moving your organization forward.