Healthy Workplace Strategic Plan 2019-2022
Carleton University’s Healthy Workplace Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is a holistic approach to supporting faculty and staff well-being and building a thriving workplace. This Strategic Plan lays out the vision, areas of focus, goals and actions for Carleton’s Healthy Workplace Committee over three years, from 2019 to 2022. It also identifies actions for implementing the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, which Carleton committed to in 2013.
Year One Update (2019-2020)
The Healthy Workplace Committee and Champions are pleased to provide the Carleton campus an update of the accomplishments achieved in the first year of the three-year Healthy Workplace Strategic Plan (2019-2022):
- Delivered a suite of mental health training opportunities for faculty and staff in collaboration with Learning and Professional Development.
- Developed regular Remote Staff Check-In sessions and virtual Management Mornings & Afternoons sessions in response to the expressed needs of faculty and staff, in collaboration with Human Resources and Learning and Professional Development.
- Further developed and expanded the Workplace Mental Health resource page.
- Co-hosted January 2020 Let’s Talk event featuring Kellylee Evans with campus partners: Carleton Leader, the Office of the VP (Students & Enrolment), the Rideau River Residence Association, the Department of Psychology and the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA).
- Launched Stress Management Group pilot with Dr. O’Farrell, C.Psych.
- Developed and delivered Supporting a Colleague workshops and moved them online in May 2020.
- Developed and mailed out Supporting a Colleague: A Step-By-Step Guide document to all faculty and staff.
- Developed and delivered Recognizing Stress and Building Resilience workshops and moved them online in May 2020.
- Worked in collaboration with Human Resources to cross-promote information about Carleton’s Employee & Family Assistance Program.
- Achieved Gold Level certification in Mental Health at Work standard from Excellence Canada.
These initiatives support the goals as outlined in the first year of the Healthy Workplace Strategic Plan. As we moved our offerings online, we continued to place a priority on the health and well-being of all members of our campus community by creating the space to have informal discussions about how people are adapting, and to discuss best practices about working from home. We have made great progress in our first year of the strategic plan, but we must continue to improve how we meet the needs of all members of our diverse campus community. We are committed to continuous improvement in building a thriving, healthy workplace and we will continue our work in collaboration with our campus partners and members of our campus community.
Dimensions of Well-Being
The Healthy Workplace Committee recognizes that there are various dimensions that can influence an individual’s well-being and thereby impact a Healthy Workplace culture. These dimensions are not independent, but rather interdependent and interconnected. The following dimensions of wellness that impact health and well-being will assist in developing Healthy Workplace programming and planning.
Areas of Focus
For the purpose of this Strategic Plan, the Healthy Workplace Committee identified the following four areas of focus integral to building a Healthy Workplace:
- Planning & Assessment
- Faculty & Staff Engagement
- Awareness, Literacy & Education
Below is a model demonstrating how these four areas contribute to building a Healthy Workplace, defined by the four dimensions of well-being.
The world is increasingly complex and the pace of change compounds the challenge of living a balanced and healthy life. At Carleton, we value resilience and we are a caring community that supports each other. The Healthy Workplace Strategic Plan 2019-2022 is our commitment to continuous improvement in building a thriving, healthy workplace.