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Awareness Raising Activities:

Education and Skill- Building:

Environmental Supports:

  • Provide employees training on:
    • Mental health illnesses to help reduce stigma and discrimination
    • Roles and responsibilities regarding workplace harassment or
    • Conflict resolution
  • Provide management training to recognize and act upon signs of distress in employees such as:
  • Offer counseling through an Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider.
  • Implement changes based on the Questionnaire for Workplace Psychological Health and Safety.
  • Create a quiet relaxation room for employees.
  • Encourage flexible work arrangements, (e.g., compressed work week or working from home).
  • Conduct a Stress Audit and make necessary changes. 
  • Encourage employees to take breaks.
  • Create a process to acknowledge employee achievements in a timely manner or to seek employee input to make workloads manageable.
  • Implement a mentorship program that connects inexperienced and experienced employees.
  • Provide child care or eldercare services to help with work-life balance.
  • Offer professional development opportunities.

Supportive Policies:

  • Baby Friendly Workplace Policy
  • Compressed Work Week Policy
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy
  • Employee Recognition Policy
  • Family Leave Policy
  • Job Sharing Policy
  • Mental Health Stigma Reduction Policy
  • Psychological Safety in the Workplace Policy
  • Reimbursement for Stress Reducing Programs/Activities Policy
  • Telework Policy
  • Violence in the Workplace Policy
  • Workplace Harassment Policy
  • Offer benefits to all employees (e.g., vacation time, sick leave, health benefits).
  • Implement effective and accessible grievance procedures.

Awareness Raising Activities:

Education and Skill- Building:

Environmental Supports:

  • Introduce walking meetings
  • Invest in showers and change rooms to support physical activity and active transportation
  • Provide corporate or reduced rate memberships to onsite, private, or local fitness or recreation facilities
  • Have physical activity equipment available to sign out for use during breaks
  • Have designated areas available that are safe for physical activity (e.g., basketball courts or greenspace)
  • Host on-site fitness or yoga classes
  • Have safe bicycle storage, such as bicycle racks or bicycle lockers

Supportive Policies:

  • Walking Meetings Policy
  • Physical Activity Policy
  • Work-Time Allowance for Physical Activity Policy
  • Gym/Sports Discounts Policy
  • Active Living Subsidy Policy
  • Bike Friendly Workplace Policy

Awareness Raising Activities:

Education and Skill-Building:

  • Host a Lunch & Learn, education session, or training on:
    • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette.  A “Germ Glow” kit can be purchased for demonstration on how easily germs are passed from person to person.
    • Use of personal protective equipment
    • Safe food handling
    • Preventing diseases relevant to the workplace (i.e., Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus for outdoor workers, or cholera and hepatitis A and B for workers travelling to endemic countries)
    • Diseases prevented by immunizations
  • Host an archived Healthy at Work webinar from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit:
  • Conduct hand hygiene audits

Environmental Supports:

  • Host an onsite flu clinic in the fall.  Contact cdip@wechu.org call 519-258-2146 ext. 3200 for a list of possible flu clinic providers
  • Offer paid personal time for employees to receive their flu vaccine at a local pharmacy or clinic
  • Offer paid sick leave to reduce the spread of illness
  • Encourage employees to take sick leave if exhibiting the following symptoms: fever, cough, diarrhea, and vomiting
  • Eliminate the need for employees to supply employers with a doctor’s note after taking sick time
  • Place hand-washing stations and signs throughout your workplace
  • Supply alcohol-based hand sanitizer at workstations
  • Supply hand lotion to employees to help maintain skin integrity
  • Supply disinfectant wipes throughout workplace to allow employees to clean surfaces as they become contaminated
  • Ensure adequate environmental cleaning products are used for high touch surfaces
  • Provide sharps containers for safe needle disposal
  • Provide open topped waste bins to allow for the discarding of waste without touching the bin
  • Provide a refrigerator specifically for employee lunches and snacks
  • Provide personal protective equipment as appropriate, especially in First Aid Kits
  • Provide disposable gloves as appropriate, especially for those who handle food
  • Refer workers to community resources for immunizations if travel is required for work

Supportive Policies:

  • Infection Prevention and Control Policy to assign an individual or team to identify and respond concerns.
  • Influenza Immunization Policy
  • Immunization Policy to determine what immunizations are recommended as a condition of employment for new employees.
  • Employee TB Screening Policy
  • Post-Exposure to Blood and Bodily Fluids Policy
  • Needle Safety Policy
  • Workplace Environmental Cleaning Policy

Awareness Raising Activities:

  • Distribute credible information on your workplace wellness bulletin boards, by e-mail or on your intranet such as:

Education and Skill-Building:

  • Host a Lunch & Learn, education session or food skills demonstration led by a dietitian. Contact cdip@wechu.org call 519-258-2146 ext. 3200 for a list of possible speakers.

Environmental Supports:

  • Offer a variety of healthy food choices in the cafeteria, vending machines, at meetings, and at special events
  • Provide a refrigerator and microwave in break areas so employees can bring healthy lunches from home
  • Provide credible nutrition information in the employee eating area
  • Reduce the sale of sugary drinks and sweets in the cafeteria and vending machines
  • Make water available by placing pitchers around the table at meetings or special events
  • When planning a fundraiser, consider ways to fundraise without food, such as donating to participate in dress-down days. If food is sold, offer a variety of healthy choices

Supportive Policies:

  • Take Charge Workplace - Work with a dietitian from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit to receive support to create workplace environments that encourage healthy eating behaviours. Receive support to accomplish the following:
    • Engage with your organization to increase awareness and knowledge of the importance of healthy eating and supportive nutrition environments
    • Plan, implement, and evaluate changes to the food environment
    • Develop and implement policies that promote a supportive nutrition environment
  • For more information or to request a Take Charge Tooklit, contact cdip@wechu.org call 519-258-2146 ext. 3200

Awareness Raising Activities:

Education and Skill-Building:

Environmental Supports:

  • Provide adjustable work stations to prevent poor posture and strain
  • Rotate workers through several jobs with different physical demands to reduce stress on the body
  • Provide funds for employees to purchase appropriate and supportive footwear
  • Use of signs, warnings, barricades, non-slip mats, or non-slip strips or surfaces when a risk has been identified
  • For outdoor workers, provide broad brimmed hats, long sleeve shirts, long pants, UV protective eyewear and sunscreen
  • When possible, adjust work schedules to limit time in the sun between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Supportive Policies:

Awareness Raising Activities:

Education and Skill-Building:

  • Host a Lunch & Learn, education session, or training:
    • Quit smoking options and resources, led by a TEACH (Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health)-trained pharmacist or professional
    • Medication use, storage and destruction, led by a pharmacist
    • Cannabis in the workplace

Environmental Supports:

  • Provide pharmacist supported smoking cessation program including quit medications
  • If the employer offers a benefit package, ensure nicotine replacement therapy is covered
  • Implement an incentive program offering a rebate to those who participate in a smoking cessation program/quit smoking and continue to be smoke-free for at least six months
  • Allow flexible work schedules for employees to attend medical or counselling appointments related to smoking cessation
  • Ensure work-related social events (e.g., holiday parties) are alcohol free
  • Provide management training to recognize impairment in the workplace, i.e., the online course Impairment and Cannabis in the Workplace
  • Offer counselling through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider

Supportive Policies:

  • Alcohol-Free Events Policy
  • Alcohol-Free Workplace Policy
  • Cannabis Policy
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Policy
  • Smoke-Free Workplace Policy
  • Substance Use Policy

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Friday, January 31, 2020 - 8:53am