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Guarding Minds @ Work
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
135 Hunter Street East
Hamilton ON Canada L8N 1M5
Phone: 1-800-668-4284, 905-570-8094
Fax: 905-572-4500

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New Website and Comparison Statistics Coming Soon

In January 2018, Guarding Minds @ Work will feature updated comparison statistics for new users, a new look and improved functionality to make it easier to administer. The resource will remain available at no cost.

If you already have an account with us, you can continue to administer and generate reports from your current survey based on the 2012 comparison statistics until July 2018. To compare your workplace to the statistics generated in late 2016, you will need to create a new account and set up a new survey when the updated website is launched.

What is Guarding Minds @ Work?

Guarding Minds @ Work (GM@W) is a unique and free, comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace. GM@W resources allow employers to effectively assess and address the 13 psychosocial factors known to have a powerful impact on organizational health, the health of individual employees, and the financial bottom line. GM@W was developed by researchers from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University on the basis of extensive research, including data analysis of a national sample and reviews of national and international best practices, as well as existing and emerging Canadian case law and legislation.

GM@W is a response to current and emerging legal requirements in Canada for the protection of employee mental health and the promotion of civility and respect at work. Legal standards increasingly require employers to develop comprehensive strategies for ensuring a psychologically safe workplace. Prudent employers need to develop policies and programs that meet these new legal standards.

GM@W is available to all employers - large or small, in the public or private sector -­ at no cost. Workplaces may differ in the language describing various roles and positions. GM@W uses the terms ‘employee’, ‘staff’, ‘supervisor’, ‘management’ and ‘employer’. Please use the terms appropriate for your organization when reviewing the GM@W Assessment, Action and Evaluation Resources.

GM@W was updated in 2012 to provide clearer language, improved functionality and greater consistency with current and emerging regulatory and legal standards and practices pertaining to workplace psychological health and safety. The GM@W Survey has five new questions and results are compared with a 2012 sample of 4307 working Canadians across a nationally representative sample of industries and geographical regions.

GM@W was commissioned by the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, funded by the Great-West Life Assurance Company, and developed by experienced research-practitioners from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction (CARMHA) within the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada (GM@W 2009: Samra, J., Gilbert, M., Shain, M., Bilsker, D.; GM@W 2012: Gilbert, M., Bilsker, D. Shain, M., Samra, J.).

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