Mental Health and Workplace Culture

A supportive workplace culture is the bedrock of a healthy workplace. It supports and enables the other three elements. Culture is created, reinforced, and sustained by ongoing patterns of relationships and communications that are known to have an important influence on psychological and physical health and safety. An organization’s values are reflected in its culture – such values include but are not limited to trust, fairness, respect, diversity, and teamwork.

This element refers to psychosocial factors of a workplace that affect employee psychological health and safety such as reasonableness of deadlines, organization and design of work, opportunities to influence how tasks are done, relationship with supervisors and co-workers, quality of communications, adequacy of training and development, and the interplay of home and work responsibilities.