Together with our clients, we are committed to making the world of work a better place. We help organizations achieve a healthy workplace where individuals can feel they are valued, engaged and can thrive.
Elements of a Healthy Workplace
The Standard includes four elements that identify what a Healthy Workplace involves
Attention to occupational health and safety in the physical environment
OH&S has been legislated in Canada for more than 100 years, aiming to reduce the risk of fatalities and workplace disabilities. This driver involves fully and continually addressing matters of occupational health and safety, including the possible impacts of new technologies, production changes, increasing demands on time, and cost containment measures.
Support for healthy lifestyles
This involves helping employees develop and maintain healthy lifestyle practices, drop unhealthy/risky habits and make optimal use of the health care system.
Mental Health and Workplace Culture
A workplace culture that supports mental health
OH&S has been legislated in Culture is created, reinforced and sustained by ongoing patterns of relationships and communications that are known to have an important influence on psychological health and safety. This driver involves an organizational culture that reflects values that support mental health, such as trust, fairness, respect, diversity, inclusion and teamwork.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
The interrelationship between the community, the workplace and the employee is known to influence employee health and well-being, as well as the health and performance of the organization. CSR activities are often seen as voluntary, going above and beyond what is legislated or required. This driver includes how the organization’s CSR activities address workplace aspects such as occupational health and safety, human rights, community development, environmental protection and emergency response.
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4 Levels of Progressive Certification
Independent validation and national recognition through the Canada Awards for Excellence, the country’s most coveted organizational awards program.
Bronze | Foundation
Key outcomes of Bronze level are:
- Broad team support of the organization’s vision, mission, and values
- Recognition of the importance of embedding healthy workplace principles in decision-making at all levels of the organization
- Policy statements related to healthy workplace
- Drafting of an organization-wide or pilot Healthy Workplace plan
Silver Level – Advancement
The key outcomes of Silver level are:
- Wider understanding by employees of the organization’s strategic approach to a healthy workplace
- Broader participation by employees in achieving the organization’s healthy workplace goals
- Evidence of strategic and operational plans
- Establishment of baseline indicators, measures and related goals for healthy workplace
Gold Level – Role Model
The key outcomes of the Gold level are:
- Positive achievements in meeting and exceeding strategic goals
- An organization-wide focus on healthy workplace issues
- Positive results across all drivers, across all areas/departments of the organization
- Widespread quantifiable improvements as a result of moving from reactive to proactive approaches and practices
Platinum Level – Sustained World Class Performance
The key outcomes of the Platinum level are:
- Sound systemic approach to a healthy workplace
- Continuous improvement as a “way of life” with full integration into culture and systems
- Sustained positive improvements in all areas over at least three years (trend data required)
- Viewed as a leader in terms of knowledge sharing, industry and benchmark leadership, and best practices