Guarding Minds at Work resources allow employers to effectively assess and address the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. Guarding Minds at Work was developed by researchers from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University on the basis of extensive research, including data analysis of a national sample and reviews of national and international best practices, as well as existing and emerging Canadian case law and legislation.
Guarding Minds at Work is a response to current and emerging legal requirements in Canada for the protection of employee mental health and the promotion of civility and respect at work. Legal standards increasingly require employers to develop comprehensive strategies for ensuring a psychologically safe workplace. Prudent employers need to develop policies and programs that meet these new legal standards.
Guarding Minds at Work is available to all employers - large or small, in the public or private sector - at no cost. Workplaces may differ in the language describing various roles and positions. Guarding Minds at Work uses the terms 'employee', 'staff', 'supervisor', 'management' and 'employer'. Please use the terms appropriate for your organization when reviewing and using the resources.
Guarding Minds at Work was commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, funded by the Great-West Life Assurance Company, and developed by experienced research-practitioners from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada (Guarding Minds at Work 2009: Samra, J., Gilbert, M., Shain, M., Bilsker, D.; Guarding Minds at Work 2012: Gilbert, M., Bilsker, D. Shain, M., Samra, J.; Guarding Minds at Work 2018: Gilbert, M., Bilsker, D. Shain, M., Samra, J.).
Guarding Minds at Work was created with support and input from a wide range of participants. In addition to the insight of occupational health researchers and practitioners, perspectives were obtained from small and large businesses, organized labour, public sector and not-for-profit organizations. The majority of contributors were from across Canada, but select international experts also provided valuable consultation.