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The psychological well-being of employees is a factor in overall employee health, employee retention/attraction, and workplace culture. Mental health issues are a leading driver for Long-Term Disability (LTD) claims. 30% of approved LTD claims are related to mental illness. Therefore, it’s important for us to offer solutions that address the increasing need for psychological support in the workplace.

Our WMHRA helps Clients better understand how they align with the Canadian National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace. The tool helps Clients take a preventative and proactive approach to the mental well-being of their employees. It also helps them understand how their organization fares against psychosocial risk factors.

Facilitated through focus groups, the qualitative data helps to identify strengths and risk areas. Opportunities for action and areas of priority will be identified. This is essential for organizations wishing to develop or refine their mental health strategy.

We have completed a revamp of this assessment tool.  To ensure that it stays relevant and better reflects the flexibility of today's workplaces, we have evolved our WMHRA to:

  • incorporate a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion lens,
  • add new questions that reflect the growing importance of workload management and work-life balance, and
  • update how work-life balance is measured and meeting the different needs of employees (for example: flexible schedules, opportunities to work hybrid or remotely, technology / equipment provided, stress management, and support services such as childcare).   

The revamped WMHRA offers a tangible solution for your National and Sun Solutions Clients. By offering this tool as a solution, you can help your Clients develop effective strategies to support mental health. This tool can also help you better understand your Clients and their needs, enabling you to better support them.

We’ll send a Focus Update to National and Sun Solutions sponsors on May 30, 2024.

Questions? We’re here to help.

Please contact your Sun Life Group Benefits representative.