From the Mental Health Commission of Canada —
Today, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) launched the Practical Toolkit for Employers to Build an Inclusive Workplace at the Conference Board of Canada Corporate Culture Conference .

The toolkit outlines strategies and actions any organization can take to make their workplace more inclusive and welcoming to people living with a mental health problem or illness — known as aspiring workers. These individuals are as qualified, reliable, and high-performing as any other worker. They often bring a unique perspective and problem-solving ability that can contribute to an organization’s accomplishments and culture.

The MHCC’s evidence shows that accommodating workers living with a mental health problem can improve employee relationships, increase job satisfaction, and advance an employer’s reputation. The economic benefit (based on five-year projections) is two to seven times the cost of accommodation for organizations and four to 12 times for workers.

The easy-to-use toolkit walks employers and human resource managers through practical strategies and actions they can take to make workplaces attractive to this untapped labour market. The toolkit follows on the heels of the summary report, A Clear Business Case for Hiring Aspiring Workers, which examined the costs and benefits of recruiting and retaining people living with mental illness.

Read the rest of the report here.