Manulife has revealed that it has extended its partnership with Excellence Canada to continue its joint workplace mental health initiative.
The life insurer is acting as Excellence Canada’s Champion of Excellence for Mental Health at Work®. Together with the non-profit, Manulife has developed a guide for organizations to follow which contains strategies on how to foster a workplace that is mentally healthy for employees.
“Manulife is committed to improving mental health across the country,” said Manulife vice-president of Wellness, Disability and Life Kathy McIlwham. “For years now we have seen mental health issues affecting a growing number of Canadians both in our employee base and among the groups we insure. Our hope is that through education and prevention other organizations will join in adopting the National Standard for a mentally healthy workplace.”
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The guide Manulife and Excellence Canada created, entitled “Mental Health at Work Essentials”, is designed for organizations of all sizes. It is available on Excellence Canada’s website.
“Real and dramatic outcomes are being realized by early adopters of the ‘National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace’, and it is our privilege to certify and recognize role-model organizations like Manulife,” commented Excellence Canada president and CEO Allan Ebedes.
“Organizations are making major inroads toward addressing and preventing mental illness but most are still in the early stages of what is necessarily a long-term journey to excellence. Our hope is that this partnership will help more organizations achieve that objective.”
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