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Bryson Insurance: Where Staff Drive Wellness Forward

Developing adequate mental health supports can seem daunting for small- to medium-sized organizations. But Bryson Insurance stands out as an example as a small but mighty organization making mental health and wellness a priority for its people.

Bryson Insurance is located in Durham Region and has provided clients with business insurance, home and auto insurance, and life and living benefits for over 35 years. A family run organization, Bryson’s embodies the notion that good business is shown in part by a workplace that values its peoples’ mental health and wellness.

Many of Bryson’s workplace initiatives have been the ideas of its staff, including the establishment of a wellness advisory role, a meditation series, a social committee, and a staff vegetable garden, as well as lunchtime walks and weekly group workouts. These initiatives are driven by staff, with Bryson empowering team members with the time and space to develop their skills and lead activities.

Regular staff feedback is also collected to ensure that Bryson is helping deliver adequate and needed support to their staff. Bryson even created an online suggestion box at a simple URL to allow all staff to submit ideas quickly and at their convenience.

But the company is creative and solution-oriented by nature. To help drive more idea generation, staff at Bryson developed the CREATE initiative, a fun Dragon’s Den style setting where staff could workshop and then pitch ideas to management, who would choose which ideas to action. One idea that was fully implemented out of CREATE was an internal chat which has opened up communication and led to greater staff productivity.

As Bryson Insurance demonstrates, developing a supportive workplace culture does not have to be a top-down exercise. By encouraging teamwork, collecting feedback, and involving staff from all areas in regular activities, smaller organizations and businesses can create workplaces that are rooted in wellness and inspire success.

Kyle Paterson, Bryson’s Director of Culture and Business Development, is always looking to gain insight from and share ideas with other leaders engaged in or curious about generating great workplaces. You can reach out to Kyle on LinkedIn, through email at kpaterson@brysoninsurance.ca or by reaching our directly at 1-800-661-5196 x361.

An estimated 1 in 2 people in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area’s labour force have experienced a mental health issue. Ignite mental health support in your workplace by taking the MindsMatter Assessment today.