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Course Description

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While individual lifestyles and living conditions impact our health and well being, growing evidence suggests that employee wellness is key to an organization's success, including productivity, performance, and retention. Numerous factors—such as social and organizational culture, policy, and working conditions—impact employee and workplace wellness.

Explore components that impact health and wellness in the workplace—such as wellness promotion, illness intervention, and psychological health and safety. Learn about the laws and standards that inform actions that promote workplace wellness, and their impact on employee engagement and organizational culture. Equip yourself with practical skills that encourage and advance positive employee engagement, wellness, and productivity in your own workplace.

While more broadly applicable, the course includes examples from school board environments. Regardless of your background, you are invited to bring your experience into the learning environment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Analyze your organization's level of employee and workplace wellness, identifying potential solutions to address areas of need
  • Identify warning signs and implement early intervention strategies (e.g., disability management and return to work initiatives, employee assistance programs, mental health training, etc.)
  • Explain the guiding principles and purpose of the National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, and how it is relevant to your organization's workplace wellness
  • Investigate the impact of employee engagement, including what motivates employees to contribute to the organization's success in your workplace
  • Understand and describe the impact of an organization's culture and psycho-social work environment on workplace wellness

Course Topics

  • Legislated Obligations to Support/Promote a Healthy Workplace
  • Signs of a Healthy and Unhealthy Workplace
  • Wellness at Work
  • Mental Health
  • Role of Media in Forming Attitudes Towards Mental Illness
  • Psychological Health and Safety Standards and Your Workplace
  • Psychological Health and Safety - The Standard
  • Psychological Health and Safety - 13 Factors
  • Psychological Health and Safety - Implementation in Action
  • Implementing the Standard and Data for a Healthy Workplace
  • The Business Case for Implementing the Standard
  • Organizational Culture

Job Market Overview



Assessment Item Weight
Class Participation 10%
Quizzes 20%
Group Assignments (3) 45%
Final Examination 25%
Total 100%

Please note that the course assessment is subject to change.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Healthy Workplaces
Remote Instruction
12:00PM to 2:00PM
July 07, 2022
Remote Instruction
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00AM to 3:30PM
July 11, 2022 to July 14, 2022
Final Examination
9:00AM to 11:00AM
July 15, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Virtual
Delivery Options
Remote Instruction  
Potential Discount(s)
Section Notes

Early bird registration ends 60 days ($855.00) and 30 days ($895.00) prior to the start of the course. Regular registration is less than 30 days prior to the start of the course ($955.00).

CourseLink access begins: Monday, July 4, 2022 at 12:00 a.m. ET

Course registration ends: Wednesday, July 6, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. ET

If due to extenuating circumstances there is a need to reschedule, the rescheduled class will be held on Friday, July 15, 2022 , 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (or portion thereof), and the Final Exam will be rescheduled for Monday, July 18, 2022, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. ET.

View the Course Policy: Withdrawals, Refunds, Transfer, Cancellations, Postponements.

Contact the OpenEd Continuing Education team if you require assistance.

This course is delivered remotely and in real time.

Remote Delivery Orientation (Zoom & CourseLink): Thursday, July 7, 2022 (12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.).

NOTE: If you have already attended a Remote Delivery Orientation for a certificate course, you are not required to participate.

Technical Requirements

This course uses the following:

* CourseLink (The University of Guelph learning management system).

* Zoom (Video communication tool).

* Webcam (Built-in or USB plug-in)

* Headset or a Microphone and Speaker (Built-in, wireless, or USB plug-in)

View the Technical Considerations for CourseLink and Zoom.

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