October is healthy workplace month in Canada. The goals of this month are to increase awareness of
the importance of and promote healthy workplaces—an environment where employees feel safe, motivated
and supported. However, achieving this requires a collective effort. Here's how you can play a role.
Play an active role in looking after your mental health
Our psychological health has a huge impact on our productivity and level of engagement in both our
workplace and in our personal life. Reflect on how you're doing and test your knowledge with the
workplace mental health quiz.
Browse through the resources to help you better
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Improve your workplace culture and environment
Start by complimenting your colleagues or decorating your workstation with subtle personal objects.
Take back the lunch break. Take time to eat nutritious foods away from your desk, see friends or go
for a walk. We're often more creative and productive after we've had a break.
Increase your resilience at work
Could you improve the way you react to stressful situations in the workplace? Increase your resilience
by being physically active at work. It's often easier than we think. Register for the
Office Yoga session during your lunch hour
or visit the Gee-Gees site for more information on
memberships and activities reserved for employees.
Keep the workplace safe
Adapt your workspace to your needs. You can consult uOttawa's
ergonomics section of the HR website for
more details or go over the
(PDF) for tips on how you can adjust your workstation to better suit you.
Get a taste of good nutrition
It's cranberry season! Native to North America, this classic fall fruit was the first to be commercialized
in Europe in the 1700s and provides us with an excellent source of vitamin C. Discover
recipe ideas and
how to buy, store
and prepare cranberries.
Get active and have fun
When we think of the fall, we think of bright coloured leaves on the trees, cool weather and warm clothes,
pumpkins and Halloween. Here are some fall activities to get you out with your friends or family. It's too
soon to stay bundled up at home!
Saunders Farm is the western edge of Ottawa.
They offer activities for young and old alike, day and night! Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and head
out for an adventure!
The Haunted Walk has been operating in Ottawa for 15 years.
Every night, tour guides share haunting ghost stories and the darker side of Ottawa's history as they lead
groups on foot around the streets of our capital. Beginning October 15, 2012, special Halloween tours are on
the menu. Hold on to your hat!
Proulx Maple and Berry Farm, a few minutes from
Orléans, hosts its terrifying Halloween event, Skreamers,
and a pumpkin festival throughout the month of October. Activities run during the day and in the evening every
weekend in October. Come out for some fresh air!
Learn more about the healthy workplace month here.