The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) acknowledges the need for organizations to ensure that those in leadership roles have the training and skills to “prevent psychological harm, promote psychological health of workers, and address problems related to psychological health and safety.” It also states that organizations should establish and sustain processes to assess and address leaders for psychologically safe leadership competencies.
The Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment and related resources found on the Workplace Strategies for Mental Health website are provided at no cost. Any organization using the free tools may also choose to allocate additional resources in terms of employee time spent supporting implementation of the strategies identified by the assessment. These evidence-based tools were developed by Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. and her MyWorkplaceHealth.com team with support from the Great-West Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace, to be freely used by individuals and organizations to enhance workplace psychological health and safety.
Dr. Samra is a national thought leader on issues relating to psychological health and resilience, with particular expertise in these issues as they pertain to the workplace environment. She is Principal and Founder of MyWorkplaceHealth.com. She is an innovator in the area of psychological health and safety in the workplace, and has been the lead on a number of pivotal national workplace projects that have contributed to policy change in Canada.
Dr. Samra has been involved as an expert advisor on a number of provincial and national steering committees in the area of workplace psychological health, including being a founding member of the Technical Committee that developed Canada’s National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (CSA Z1003/BNQ9700) – the first Standard of its kind in the world. Dr. Samra is the principal developer of the following evidence-based, public domain assessment resources: Guarding Minds at Work (organizational assessment); Managing Emotions(emotional intelligence assessment); and the Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment (leadership assessment). She also led an extensive research investigation on The Evolution of Workplace Mental Health in Canada (2007-2017).
Dr. Samra has created a breadth of evidence-based resources for individuals and organizations in the areas of mood disorders, suicidality, chronic health conditions, emotional intelligence, and workplace psychological health and safety. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Dr. Samra presents her work extensively at the invitation of public and private sector organizations, and is regularly called upon by provincial and national print, radio and TV media to comment on issues relating to human behaviour.
Dr. Samra completed her clinical residency at the University of Washington (UW) Medical Center in Seattle, Washington, obtaining specialized training at UW’s internationally-renowned Level 1 adult and paediatric trauma and burn center, as well as specialized training within UW’s rehabilitation medicine department. She has received a number of awards and accolades for her clinical and research work, including being a recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher Award (2002) and the British Columbia Psychological Association’s Advancement of the Profession of Psychology Award (2011).