From Mental Health Commission of Canada
OTTAWA, April 12, 2018 /CNW/- Today the MHCC launched a summary report, A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers that suggests opening the doors to aspiring workers living with mental illness is a win-win for employers and employees.
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The report summarizes an in-depth MHCC research study that examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness. Researchers followed the experience of select employees at five organizations, chronicling how both employer and employee can benefit financially and socially from hiring and accommodating the needs of aspiring workers. By making small investments to accommodate workers and using blueprints like the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, employers can build an inclusive workplace culture that values aspiring workers.
"A home, a job and a friend" are three central tenants to recovery. Work offers purpose, self-reliance and a support network that can bolster hope, dignity and inclusion. An inclusive workplace not only benefits the aspiring worker - it can have a positive impact on the whole organization.
Canadian employers are invited to read the summary report and learn how they too can benefit from building an inclusive workplace that welcomes aspiring workers through its doors.
"Opening the door to the aspiring workforce is a win-win for both employers and employees. People with mental health problems and illnesses have skills and talents to contribute and they will do so in spades if given the chance by employers."— Louise Bradley, President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
"We work hard to create a culture that is inclusive and respectful. By supporting physical, financial, mental, spiritual and overall organizational health, while encouraging team members to be accountable to use the tools and resources available, we believe this can positively impact the mental health of all team members. By employing people with mental health issues, we demonstrate this commitment to create a safe and inclusive environment for all team members and future team members."— Human Resources Director, Large Crown corporation, banking
"I disclosed my mental illness in my interview for this role, and advised of the pros and cons of it in the workplace. Being so open at the get-go enabled me to start in this role with certain accommodations and supports including setting ideal working hours allowing for self-care and establishing appropriate boundaries to ensure I could operate at my best. Being open also enabled me to help reduce stigma in my workplace and allowed me to become a valuable and empathetic resource for my staff." – Accommodated employee with lived experience, Large public-sector organization
"If the person in a decision-making (position) starts from the place that they want to help and accommodate, but stay true to what they need to achieve as a department, that's the kind of recipe for success."– Executive, Mid-sized for-profit, rural agricultural business
"As a social enterprise, we see creating accessible and sustainable employment as a beneficial end … investing in people who have barriers in the workforce results in loyal and dedicated staff, with less sick days and staff turnover. We have discovered that when you go above and beyond for your staff, they will in turn go above and beyond for you."– Owner, Small food services, consumer-run enterprise
"The research presents compelling evidence about the experiences of diverse Canadian organizations who have taken active steps to hire and accommodate workers who have experienced mental health problems. Most remarkably, the findings highlight a significant return on investment, with benefits for organizations and workers alike. The findings build a strong business case for organizations to take active steps to make their workplace more accessible to diverse workers – the benefits may be felt by everyone. Although this was a relatively small-scale study, the findings highlight that this is an area worthy of attention by organizations and government."– Rebecca Gewurtz, Lead researcher
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