Health, Safety & Sick Leave Resources

The BC Public Service is committed to a culture that supports employee health and safety and provides a wide range of health, safety, and well-being supports for our employees designed to prevent or reduce the impact of illness or injury.

From managing your own health to searching for strategies to support your team, these resources have the information you need.


For All Employees

Can’t find what you need? Submit an AskMyHR service request. Under Subject, be as specific as possible (Reporting Income for Sick Leave).

This service is only accessible to employees with a valid government IDIR. If you're an employee, but don't have an IDIR, contact the BC Public Service Agency.

For All Employees

Intended to support employees to manage their health and to maintain safe working environments. Includes a focus on personal practices to prevent COVID-19 infection transmission, as well as guidance for boosting well-being and creating a holistic individualized plan to support healthy habits.

A handy reference for online viewing or printing/posting that encourages employees to regularly check in with their energy level and where they might sit on a continuum of mental health. It also offers practical suggestions on how to begin helping conversations with others, as well as helpful support resources.

An online resource of mental health information and supports including general information, as well as resources focused on particular topics such as anxiety, resilience, and substance use. Information is also categorized by audience including people leaders and Indigenous employees.  

This 40 minute employee-focused presentation is available via recording or as a live webinar through the Learning Centre. Three main areas of focus include:

  • Taking care of self to boost personal energy and well-being
  • Supporting others
  • Learning about available resources and when to reach out

 

If you're having health issues and need time off from work, paid leave is available. Those eligible for sick leave will receive a percentage of their salary with uninterrupted benefits.

Learn more about sick leave:

When you work comfortably, with a knowledge of ergonomic risk factors and neutral working postures, you're more productive, attend work more regularly, and are less likely to be injured on the job.

If you think you need an ergonomic assessment, the first step is to complete the Computer Workstation Self Setup E-Tool.Restricted Access If you can't achieve a good setup using the tool, contact your supervisor. Your supervisor will arrange a personalized ergonomic evaluation of your workstation or work activity.

Employee & Family Assistance Services (Morneau Shepell)

Employee & Family Assistance Services includes a range of services provided by the Public Service Agency through a contract with Morneau Shepell. The services provided are confidential, free of charge, and available to all BC Public Service employees and the family members who reside with them.

Call 24/7, toll-free: 1-800-655-5004

Services include:

  • Short-Term Counselling: Relationship challenges, family and parenting issues, depression and anxiety, stress management, work-related issues (e.g., conflict and work-life balance), grief and bereavement, and addiction and trauma.
  • Career Support Services: Identify goals, assess skills, enhance work satisfaction, and manage career transitions, including retirement. Available by phone.
  • Family Support Services: Broad range of family-related issues including child care and parenting, intimate relationships and elder care. Available by phone, online program, or resource package.
  • Financial & Legal Services: Advice, skill-building, and resources related to financial and legal concerns. Available online and by phone.
  • Healthy Living Services: Advice and resources designed to promote health and address a range of health concerns, including:
    • Nutrition Support: Issues such as weight changes, reducing high blood pressure, and healthy eating on the go. You can consult a Registered Dietitian by phone.
    • Naturopathic Advice Services: Issues such as healthy sleep, aging well, and stress management. You can consult a naturopathic professional by phone.
    • Health Coaching: Issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and migraines. You can consult a Registered Nurse by phone.
    • Online Stress Management Program: Learn to successfully manage stress through this self-directed online learning program.

Mental Health on MyHR

Learn about mental health, including information on self-awareness, ways to promote positive mental health, and the importance of resilience.

LifeSpeak

LifeSpeakRestricted Access is an online video library that includes over 500 short, informative videos and podcasts delivered by experts on a range of topics, including:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Family relationships
  • Finances
  • Professional development

Cold & Flu

The Cold & Flu program offers a convenient way for employees, and contractors who work with BC Public Service employees, to get vaccinated for the flu through workplace flu clinics during the work day.

Quittin’ Time Smoking Cessation Services

Eligible BC Public Service employees and family members get support to quit smoking that includes live chat, phone, or text support and smoking cessation product reimbursement through our extended health plan. This product reimbursement is in addition to the free 12-week supply available to all B.C. residents. 

Substance Use Disorder Treatment Funding

Financial assistance is available to employees who have been clinically recommended to attend an abstinence-based residential treatment program for drug or alcohol disorder(s). Treatment funding can include a grant as well as an interest-free loan up to a maximum of $8,000.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace)

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health provides resources for employees and supervisors to improve mental health and safety in the workplace.

Health & Well-being: Allies for a Safe & Healthy Workplace

The Health & Well-being: Allies for a Safe & Healthy Workplace e-Learning course introduces participants to the importance of building a proactive culture of health and safety. It highlights available resources, programs, and services that support a safe and healthy workplace. To register, visit the Learning SystemRestricted Access and browse under the "Health & Well-being" category.

Health & Well-being Workshops

Health & Well-Being workshops offer information on a variety of healthy living-focused topics, including: 

  • Mental health
  • Mindful communication and listening
  • Resilience and stress management
  • Preparing for retirement
  • Getting along with change

The workshops are delivered in person in locations across the province and via Skype.

The Time & Leave Management SystemRestricted Access is used by BC Public Service employees to enter and view time exceptions (overtime), vacation and sick leave, and by supervisors to monitor and approve requests.

For more information or support:

  • Speak to your supervisor
  • Access Time & Leave Support (located within Time & Leave)
  • Sign up for an e-Learning course
  • Submit an AskMyHRRestricted Access service request.

Time & Leave Training

Get an introduction to Time & Leave, including how to request leave, record sick leave, approve leave, and approve sick leave. To register for these e-Learning courses, visit the Learning SystemRestricted Access, search for "Time and Leave", and then select the courses most relevant to your role, e.g., expense authority, leave approver, scheduler, etc.

Open to all BC Public Service employees with IDIRs, these resources offer information, announcements, and opportunities to view and/or post events, photos, and resources related to workplace health.

 


For Managers & Supervisors

Learn how to build and maintain a safe and healthy workplace where employees feel respected, supported, and engaged. Get information on occupational health and safety topics such as accident prevention and investigation, emergency response and planning, ergonomics for managers and supervisors, first aid for supervisors, violence in the workplace, and more.

Early Intervention & Return to Work Program

Designed for managers and supervisors, the Early Intervention & Return to Work Program provides expert collaborative assistance in managing an employee’s health-related absence.

Managing Employee Health Issues at Work

The Occupational Health Program helps managers and supervisors concerned about an employee health condition that is, or may be, impacting work. It offers consultation with an occupational health nurse and recommendations.

​Critical Incident Response Services

Critical Incident Response (CIR) Services provide specialized professional response to a workplace crisis, a traumatic event, or employee victimization. Typically, this service is used to support a team at a workplace location within several days of the critical incident occurring.

This service is provided by the Public Service Agency through a contract with Morneau Shepell. There's a charge to the requestor for this service ($175/hour, minimum charge $525).

Call 1-800-655-5004 (select Option 3) to access this service.

Conflict Management Services

The Conflict Management Office (CMO) helps you effectively resolve interpersonal and team related workplace conflict.

People Leader Advice Line

The People Leader Advice Line provides free, just-in-time advisory services to managers and people leaders regarding difficult workplace situations or conversations. This service is provided by the Public Service Agency through a contract with Morneau Shepell.

Call 1-800-655-5004 (select Option 2) to access this confidential service.

Coaching Services

Coaching Services delivers high impact services that help leaders at all levels achieve individual, team, and organizational results. Available services include leadership coaching, team coaching, conflict coaching, and group coaching.

​Ergonomics for Managers & Supervisors

When employees work comfortably, with a knowledge of ergonomic risk factors and neutral working postures, they're more productive, attend work more regularly, and are less likely to be injured on the job.

Every workplace should have an in-house ergonomic assessor to help with workstation setups and evaluations. Contact your in-house assessor to help you evaluate and set up workstations for your employees. You can also contact your Joint Occupational Health & Safety Committee for help.

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health (Canada Life Centre for Mental Health in the Workplace)

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health provides resources for employees and supervisors to improve mental health and safety in the workplace.

Early Intervention & Return to Work: Supporting Employees in the Workplace

This course builds on the Early Intervention & Return to Work e-Learning modules. Supervisors learn about their role and responsibilities and available resources. They practice decision-making when dealing with employees struggling with health issues. The scenario-based course is available by registration through the Learning System.Restricted Access

Early Intervention & Return to Work e-Learning Series

The Early Intervention & Return to Work e-Learning modules are designed for managers and supervisors, but available to all employees with an interest in disability and return to work responsibilities and processes. They provide just-in-time information that help managers deal effectively with health-related absence and issues.

The Time & Leave Management SystemRestricted Access is used by BC Public Service employees to enter and view time exceptions (overtime), vacation and sick leave, and by supervisors to monitor and approve requests.

For more information or support:

  • Speak to your supervisor
  • Access Time & Leave Support (located within Time & Leave)
  • Sign up for an e-Learning course
  • Submit an AskMyHRRestricted Access service request.

Time & Leave Training

Get an introduction to Time & Leave, including how to request leave, record sick leave, approve leave, and approve sick leave.

To register for these e-Learning courses, visit the Learning SystemRestricted Access, search for "Time and Leave", and then select the courses most relevant to your role, e.g., expense authority, leave approver, scheduler, etc.

 

Featured Course

Early Intervention & Return to Work: Supporting Employees in the Workplace

This e-Learning course builds upon the Early Intervention & Return to Work e-Learning modules. Supervisors learn about their role and responsibilities and available resources. They practice decision-making when dealing with employees struggling with health issues. 

Register for this e-Learning course through the Learning System (IDIR restricted).