What started as a pilot program at Dundee 360 has now been adapted for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada (a Dundee 360 subsidiary). But how did this real estate brokerage, employing approximately 70 employees and 500 Realtors® as independent contractors in 30+ offices across Canada, create a mental health in the workplace initiative that works for their unique organization?
In order to bridge the communications gap, CEO Brad Henderson sent an e-mail message to the entire team informing them that the organization had completed the MindsMatter assessment. Brad went on further to outline the importance of mental health in the workplace and the company’s pledge to promote mental health awareness.
He wasn’t sure how these communications would be received, but shortly after the note went out he received many wonderful and sometimes heart wrenching stories from team members. Included in this group was Polly Cordwell, a senior leadership team member who had been impacted by her older brother’s mental health struggles since a young age.
Since then the brokerage has launched wellness subsidies, flexible hours and online tools and resources to assist team members. Brad has continued to promote the new programs in videos and as part of his recent cross-Canada roadshow presentations to his team. Each action elicited more volunteers from different offices who can serve as Ambassadors for mental health in the workplace programs. Together, they will continue developing the Sotheby’s International Realty Canada mental health in the workplace program, with initiatives designed to be relevant to all team members across the country.
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.