2021 Healthy Workplace Awards
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Due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and disruptions to the normal operations of businesses and workplaces, the annual Gord Smith Healthy Workplace & Bike Friendly Workplace Awards have been suspended for another year. Instead, the Working Toward Wellness (WTW) Committee is pleased to offer the 2021 Healthy Workplace Awards in order to provide recognition of businesses and workplaces continuing to take steps to ensure the health, safety, and overall well-being of employees and communities in the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to Apply
You have the opportunity to apply for three different categories of awards:
- Health and Safety;
- Mental Health Promotion; and
- Organizational Social Responsibility.
You may choose to apply for ONE, any combination of TWO, or ALL three award categories.
Both the Health and Safety and the Mental Health Promotion Award categories have three levels of awards that you may choose to apply for – Bronze, Silver, or Gold.
Recipients of the previous year’s 2020 Healthy Workplace Awards are encouraged to apply for the same level or higher to demonstrate how their continued efforts to improve workplace health have evolved from 2020 through to 2021.
Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.
Health & Safety Award
To be recognized for this award, your organization must have demonstrated a commitment to support the health, safety, and well-being of your employees, clients, and customers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The following criteria is based on the hierarchy of hazard controls, a framework used in occupational health to protect workers and customers. The hierarchy prioritizes the implementation of the most effective health and safety measures (e.g., work from home) before considering the less effective measures (e.g., personal protective equipment) to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The less effective measures should only be considered when it is not practical to implement the more effective measures or when otherwise mandated by your public health authority.
Click here to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Health & Safety Award.
Mental Health Promotion Award
Mental health promotion is the “process of enhancing the capacity of individuals and communities to increase control over their lives and improve their mental health…It is an approach that fosters individual and community resilience and promotes socially supportive environments” (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care [MOHLTC], 2018, p. 7; Government of Canada, 2006). The criteria for this award is based on the Mental Health Promotion Framework outlined in the “Mental Health Promotion in Windsor-Essex County” document by the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (WECHU).
Click here to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Mental Health Promotion Award.
Organizational Social Responsibility Award
To be recognized for this award, your organization must have demonstrated a commitment to support the health, safety, and well-being of the community in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Organizational Social Responsibility Award also helps promote a positive public image for businesses and workplaces going above and beyond to support the community’s efforts in reducing the spread of COVID-19, while addressing some of the various challenges related to the pandemic.
Click here to download the checklist to learn more about the criteria for the Organizational Social Responsibility Award.
Working Toward Wellness Committee
Established in 2002, the Working Toward Wellness (WTW) Committee is a voluntary, collective membership represented by local organizations with a keen interest in the development, promotion, and supporting of health and wellness initiatives for the people and workplaces of Windsor and Essex County. Each member contributes to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive workplace wellness (CWW) programs by providing input, insight, and resources. The WTW Committee’s mission is to establish relationships with Windsor-Essex County workplaces by providing a forum for education, knowledge exchange, and resources to build local capacity for workplace wellness initiatives