Creating a Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Strategies for Employees and Employers

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350 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC
Canada

In support of psychology month in February, the British Columbia Psychological Association is offering a series of lectures at the Vancouver Public Library. Admission is free. Seating is limited and is on a first come basis.

A psychologically healthy and resilient organization is one that has a clear purpose, is forward thinking, has an environment characterized by support, trust, and open communication, and employs people who are proactive, collaborative and care for themselves and others. Such seemingly utopian organizations do exist, and are noteworthy because of the success they have achieved with customers, shareholders and employees.

This has not been accomplished without difficulty but has been achieved and sustained by sincere commitment to the comprehensive well-being of their people and organization and a hardheaded evaluation of their existing processes and needs. The bottom line is that organizations that promote and sustain employee health are more likely to be productive and profitable. This is truer than ever in tough economic times. This session will describe the BCPA Psychologically Healthy Workplace program and illustrate some organizations that have been recipients of awards in BC and have gone on to receive North American recognition.

Dr. Merv Gilbert, R.Psych is a principal partner with Psych Health + Safety Consulting, an Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addictions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University. He has written and presented in a range of national and international settings. He is the Chair of the BCPA Psychologically Healthy Workplace committee in British Columbia.

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