Workplace Mental Well-being Campaign 2021 Launch
09 Dec 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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The Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Council has launched its first Workplace Mental Well-being Campaign on 9 December 2021, as part of our National Workplace Safety and Health Campaign, to remind employers and employees to take time to take care of their mental well-being. Attended by over 620 participants at a virtual launch, this Campaign supports the National Mental Well-being Campaign by the Health Promotion Board.
Senior Minister of State for Manpower Mr Zaqy Mohamad hoped that "more employers and employees will realise their shared responsibility in dealing with workplace mental well-being at the workplace". "Spreading and normalising support for employee mental well-being" is the aim of this Campaign, he emphasised during his opening address.
Senior Minister of State for Health Dr Janil Puthucheary said, "Well-supported employees have better mental well-being, and are more likely to be engaged and productive at work. This in turn contributes to a stronger organisation and better business outcomes."
The WSH Council has worked with the Institute for Human Resource Professionals and the Ministry of Manpower to produce "A Playbook on Workplace Mental Well-being". This playbook, developed by HR professionals, includes easy-to-use and practical step-by-step guides and templates on implementing various mental well-being initiatives at the workplace.
The playbook provides guidance on these implementation initiatives:
• Create safe spaces for conversations;
• Encourage self-care;
• Set up a peer support system;
• Use digital mental health tools; and
• Set clear expectations on after-hours communication.
Companies can download and share with employees a series of infographic posters adapted from the Playbook: A Playbook on Workplace Mental Well-being, Create Safe Spaces for Conversations, Encourage Self-care, Set Up a Peer Support System, and Use Digital Mental Health Tools. They can check out the Total WSH Programme, and iWorkHealth, an online survey tool to identify workplace stressors, too.
The WSH Council has also produced a light-hearted Campaign Video, which shows how our campaign persona Fred, who is a "Cloud of Stress", manages to overcome his mental stress with the support of his co-workers and management. This video is a reminder to employers to take care of their employees, and to employees to take time to care for their health and well-being, and seek help at work.
Companies can look forward to participating in a new workplace mental well-being award called the CARE (Culture of Acceptance, Respect and Empathy) Award from 2022 onwards. This new Award has been added to the WSH Awards to urge more companies to promote mental well-being at the workplace.
Lastly, during the live interview with Ms Lyn Lee, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer from Royal Dutch Shell PLC, she shared how companies can create a healthier environment where everyone – employees, customers, partners, suppliers – can feel valued and respected.
For more information
Check out other resources on the WSH Council’s Campaign webpage to find out how to make positive mental well-being an integral part of their workplace.
Read the Opening Address by Mr Zaqy Mohamad at the Launch of the Workplace Mental Well-Being Campaign.
Read the Opening Address by Dr Janil Puthucheary for the Launch of the Workplace Mental Well-being Campaign.