Create Your “Coffee Culture” and Make Employees’ Minds Matter

There’s a lot more to a cup of coffee than just the coffee. Coffee brings friends, co-workers and groups together to connect and catch up. These check-ins can also help combat and address the rising tide of mental health issues in the workplace too.

A chat over a coffee with a trusted co-worker can help us talk through a tough situation or ongoing issue at work or at home. With half a million Canadians missing work every week because of a mental health issue, we need more co-workers and workplaces doing more to support their people’s mental health.

Creating a culture where co-workers feel comfortable going for coffee to talk about how they are doing is one example of what an organization can do. Along with more training, access to services and public leadership, employers can make their workplace mental-health friendly. You can find out about other actions through CivicAction’s MindsMatter assessment.

MindsMatter is a free, confidential and easy-to-use online assessment for employers to gauge where they stand on workplace mental health and what more they can do. MindsMatter takes only three minute to complete and provides users with three recommended actions with links to relevant examples and resources to help take the first or next step.

For many employers, this issue may seem daunting. Research from the Canadian Mental Health Association shows that 42% of Canadian business leaders are interested in taking action to address workplace mental health, but haven’t due to barriers such as lack of time, resources, or know-how. MindsMatter gives them that easy path forward.

Since MindsMatter launched in December 2016, more than 750 organizations have taken the assessment and now have the actions to benefit as many as 1.7 million employees.

If you’re an employer ready to act, visit http://mindsmatter.civicaction.ca to get started on your workplace mental health journey.

For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca/mindsmatter @civicactiongtha.

Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO, CivicAction