Setting the standard for psychological health, safety and wellness
Setting the standard for psychological health, safety and wellness

With one third of our lives spent at work, it’s important for employees to feel safe, encouraged and supported. Supporting employee wellness has been a focus at Waypoint for over a decade, but adding in the psychological health and safety component started to take shape in the last few years. Guarding Minds Survey

“The correlation between happy, engaged employees and excellent patient care is direct and undeniable,” says Carol Lambie, President and CEO. “Knowing this made the decision to adopt the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in 2015, and allocate the appropriate resources to develop a comprehensive program an easy one for Waypoint.”

Nicole Mace, Psychological Health and Safety Coordinator notes: “With so many initiatives already in place that were aligned with the standards including trauma support, an employee and family assistance program, mental health first aid and lifestyle management and fitness opportunities, it was just a matter of tying them all together and filling in the gaps.”

The last few years have included some major awareness campaigns including self-care promotion during mental health week and anti-bullying and civility in the workplace promotions that had Waypoint staff awash in a sea of pink to show their support.

The hospital’s three year plan, which began in the summer of 2015, includes policy development, a committee involving all stakeholders and a staff survey to help determine priorities. Waypoint’s efforts to promote mental wellness in the workplace have not gone unnoticed. 

The Ontario Hospital Association and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care awarded the hospital a Quality HealthCare Workplace Award in each of the four years the program operated.
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