Guarding Minds at Work is a unique and free online resource that helps employers – large or small, in the public or private sector – assess, protect and promote workplace psychological health and safety (PH&S). Guarding Minds provides an Employee Survey tool and summary reports that compare your organization’s results against a 2016 nationally representative sample of workers in industries and geographical regions across Canada. Suggested strategies, planning worksheets, and evaluation resources are all provided to help workplaces take action.
Dr. Samra is the lead research scientist who created Guarding Minds at Work, in which the psychosocial factor frame adapted by the Standard was developed.
The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace requires leaders to be competent to manage employees in a psychologically safe way. The PSLA – developed by Dr. Samra – is an online Leadership Skills Assessment that provides leaders insight into their unique areas of strength and areas for improvement as they pertain to 5 key domains of leadership that align with the National Standard. In addition to the leader self-assessment, there is an Employee-Feedback version of the PSLA that gathers aggregate, anonymized feedback from direct reports, as well as a host of action planning resources.
The Managing Emotions: Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment and associated training resources – created by Dr. Samra – comprise an online Emotional Intelligence (EI) Skills Assessment that provides leaders insight into their unique areas of strength and areas for improvement as they pertain to 4 key domains of EI. In addition to the leader self-assessment, there are a breadth of video modules, exercises and activities, and handouts designed to strengthen EI skills.
This is a free, downloadable workbook that provides activities to strengthen resilience skills for leaders and their teams. Self-awareness and good communication skills are the hallmarks of effective leaders. The first section of this book, Supporting Effective Team Leaders, can help you develop these skills. The second section, Building Stronger Teams, provides practical activities for developing your team’s ability to problem-solve, be objective and work well together. All of these skills are related to emotional intelligence and resilience and were built on the foundational content from Dr. Samra’s Managing Emotions resources.
Offering its services via video, coaching services, or an online program, the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) free Bounce Back® program helps users learn the skills needed to counter symptoms of anxiety, depression, and general mental health issues. In the video series, Dr. Samra narrates and guides viewers through practical tips to manage their mood, build confidence, increase their activity, improve their problem-solving strategies, and live a healthier lifestyle. The videos can be accessed online or be ordered in DVD format in English, French, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi.
An online, evidence-based CBT workbook, co-authored by Dr. Samra, that helps individuals deal with workplace problems so they are less likely to cause depressed mood or lead to depression. This workbook is intended for workers with low mood, who may be at risk for developing depression, who have developed a mild or major depression, or who have been off work for a period of time.
This is a tool that helps inform the development of an effective workplace plan between the employer and employee and can be used on its own or as part of an existing approach to support an employee’s accommodation need. The guide presents a step-by-step process to assess stressors related to psychological, emotional, cognitive, and physical issues at work; develop strategies that may best support employee success; and, help maintain a safe and productive workplace.
We all juggle personal, family, social, financial, and work demands. Most of us do pretty well, but any of us could be blindsided by an unexpected crisis or overwhelmed when too many stressors coincide. This resource can help improve your ability to bounce back after a potential health, personal, or work crisis. It will help you identify effective strategies and resources to draw on when needed.