Can we predict psychological health risks in the workplace?

A workplace bullying case in Prince Edward Island in 2013 resulted in workers’ compensation payments and set a precedent for how employers must treat their employees. The case involved a legal claim in which a 47-year-old male employee who was chronically bullied by his supervisor resulted in accumulation of stress that materially contributed to his heart attack and death. In some provinces (e.g., Alberta and Ontario) both occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation boards have made it clear that how employers allow their employees to be treated with respect to bullying and harassment matters. Employers in those provinces are expected to create a psychologically safe workplace, and they can be held responsible for any employee who receives a mental injury in the workplace.

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Article by Bill Howatt, chief research and development officer of work force productivity with Morneau Shepell.