Implementation of a certified mental health program for Imperial Oil Limited (IOL) Canada employees

Wiscombe, Robert (2021) Implementation of a certified mental health program for Imperial Oil Limited (IOL) Canada employees. Practicum Report. Memorial University of Newfoundland. (Unpublished)

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Background: It is noted that one in five Canadians experience a mental health problem or mental illness in a given year and every week 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental illness. Mental illness accounts for 30% of disability claims and absenteeism and presenteeism from mental illness accounts for billions of dollars in lost productivity annually (Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2020). Purpose: To offer a certified mental health program for employees that reduces the stigma of mental illness, promotes well-being and enhances the organizations ability to support their employees. Additionally, it will assist to create a respectful and inclusive workplace, empower employees, and inspire them to seek support for their mental health concerns. Methods: An integrative literature review was completed to understand the impact of employee mental illness in the workplace and identify programs that can be implemented in the workplace to promote mental health. Consultations were completed with key stake holders to obtain their thoughts on the company’s mental health culture. Lastly, an environmental scan was carried out to provide information on programs that are available and have been implemented in Canada. Results: Through the completion of the practicum it was evident that poor mental health had a negative impact on employee’s ability to work effectively. The lost productivity and expense associated with disability also costs companies millions of dollars annually. Conclusion: Implementing a Certified Mental Health Program, The Working Mind, has the ability to reduce stigma and increase resiliency, thus improving employee well-being, increasing productivity and reducing the cost associated with absenteeism and disability claims.

Item Type: Report (Practicum Report)
Item ID: 14923
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references.
Keywords: mental health, mental illness, The Working Mind, productivity, workplace, presenteeism, absenteeism, stigma
Department(s): Nursing, Faculty of
Date: April 2021
Date Type: Submission
Medical Subject Heading: Mental Health; Workplace; Mental Disorders; Work Performance; Absenteeism; Canada

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