The Charter

Mindful Employers strive to:

  • Promote a mentally healthy workplace
  • Increase mental health awareness
  • Eliminate stigma around seeking help
  • Develop mindful managers
  • Support success at work

Signing the Mindful Employer Charter is free, voluntary, and open to any employer in Canada. It signifies an awareness of and public commitment to supporting workplace mental health.

Mindful Employer Canada can help organizations work towards the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in the following ways:

  • Signing the Charter can be part of the commitment by senior management.
  • Following the principles of the Charter can help address the factor of psychological support.
  • Enrolling in the Mindful Employer In-House program can help build capacity to address workplace mental health issues more effectively.
  • Having managers become Mindful Managers can be part of training for competency.

The Charter is not an accreditation nor a set of quality standards. While we applaud and encourage adoption of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, this initiative is a complementary and simple starting point that focuses on opening up dialogue around the issue of mental health and mental illness in the workplace. It is about striving towards the principles – signing up is a step along the journey to supporting workplace mental health.

Signing up does not involve qualification or certification. It is a good faith agreement to continue to strive towards supporting a mentally healthy workplace and offers access to resources to help you accomplish this.

The Charter for Canadian Employers
Supporting Workplace Mental Health

As an employer we recognize:

  • Mental health concerns are increasingly common in our brain-based economy. Supporting mental health of all staff is a prudent business strategy.
  • Discrimination and stigma, including self-stigma, need to be addressed through workplace awareness and education.
  • Managers often have the greatest responsibility for workplace mental health. They deserve the necessary support and resources to be comfortable and competent in their role.
  • Given effective support at work, the vast majority of people who experience mental health concerns can continue to work successfully.

As an employer we aim to:

  • Promote good mental health in the workplace, and show a positive attitude to staff members who have, or who develop, mental health concerns.
  • Ensure that all staff involved in recruitment and selection have appropriate interviewing skills and are briefed on human rights and the duty to accommodate.
  • Make it clear that people who experience mental health concerns will not be discriminated against in the workplace. Create procedures following disclosure of a mental health concern that strives to allow staff to perform their jobs successfully.
  • Not make assumptions that individuals with mental health concerns will be unable to handle work tasks, take more time off than any other staff member, or become disabled.
  • Be non-judgmental in providing proactive support to staff who experience mental health concerns themselves or are caring for family members with mental illness.
  • Ensure all managers and supervisors have support and resources for managing mental health issues in the workplace.

© MINDFUL EMPLOYER

At the two year mark of being a signatory to the Charter, you will be emailed by Mindful Employer and asked to complete a simple form to briefly share how your organization has striven towards the goals of the Charter. This information will be anonymously aggregated with other Mindful Employer submissions to form ideas and strategies to inspire and motivate our community of practice. Upon completing the form and demonstrating some progress, you will be offered renewal of your status as a Mindful Employer. Yes, it is that simple.