Canada's Healthy Workplace Month

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a chance to raise awareness around the importance of workplace health and wellbeing.

October is Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month, a chance to raise awareness around the importance of workplace health and wellbeing. Canadian workers spend approximately 60% of their waking hours at work, on average 30–40 hours a week. Healthy Workplace Month is an initiative managed by Excellence Canada and was started in 2001 as a way to encourage and promote healthy workplace practices throughout the year. The month is designed as an opportunity to celebrate successes. The theme for this year is “Feel Great at Work!” with the key focus being on taking care of yourself, doing your best and helping others. 

Healthy workplaces are those that can take a strategic, comprehensive and collaborative approach that is inclusive, diverse and reflects the values of the organization. These workplaces are often characterized by civility and respect, growth and development, recognition, and engagement with a focus not only on physical health but also on psychological health and wellbeing. 

Thriving environments require engagement from all team members and as such, each of us has a responsibility to contribute to healthy workplaces. The university has a multitude of resources that can be accessed to support teams, faculty and staff in creating and sustaining healthy workplaces. 

Explore opportunities to take a break to take care of yourself by ensuring that you are looking out for your mental and physical health with a lunch and learn session, an Office Yoga break or an elearning course. Help others by working to build a team culture that supports psychological health and safety in the workplace. Participate in a workshop focused on psychological health and wellbeing during World Mental Health Day (October 10) or Mental Illness Awareness Week (October 3–10), review the U of A specific Psychological Health and Safety resource list and the Helping a Colleague in Distress tip sheet. Additional information on both World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week can be found on our Health Promotion Calendar

In essence, a healthy workplace culture encourages us to do our best by caring for ourselves and our colleagues' physical, mental and social wellbeing.  Recognizing  the ongoing stress and uncertainty we are all facing, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to go to find resources. The Wellbeing in the Workplace guide was created to welcome staff to campus, and contains workplace resources and individual supports.