mission statement & principles
The mission of the Caring Workplaces Initiative is to recruit employers who recognize the negative impact that substance use disorders and or mental health issues have played not only in society as a whole, but in their workplaces as well. Becoming a certified Caring Workplace demonstrates an employer’s commitment to their employees and their families' overall health and well-being.
When an employer agrees to become a certified Caring Workplace, they become a part of an ecosystem of support with access to resources customized to their specific needs. Employers will be assigned a Caring Workplace Advisor (CWA) who will guide them throughout the certification process and work alongside leadership within a company, to identify additional customized needs and then match them to resources within their communities. This partnership will result in a more caring and supportive work culture and In turn, the company gains a more healthy and productive workforce.
· A Caring Workplaces Advisor will connect employers to information and resources that promote health, well- being and recovery for themselves and their families.
· A Caring Workplaces Advisor can connect employers with an additional hiring pool of potential employees within the recovery and or justice involved community.
· A Caring Workplaces employer will connect with their employees by offering a work environment that is supportive and promotes the well-being of employees.
A Caring Workplace is all about forging valuable connections. Connections are made between the Caring Workplaces Advisor and the employer as well as between employers and their employees.
· Caring Workplaces Advisors will work alongside a company’s leadership to provide evidence based practices to meet their individual needs.
· Employers work alongside the Caring Workplaces Advisor to help strengthen the workplace culture and make it recovery friendly. In doing so, employers demonstrate their compassion for their employees and the health and well being of their families.
· Employers are willing to practice compassion by learning to overcome barriers associated with substance misuse and addiction such as stigma and policy barriers that prevent hiring from the recovery and or justice involved pipelines.
A Caring Workplace demonstrates its compassion by recognizing the value of each one of its employees and supporting them and their families by promoting their overall health and well-being.
· By creating a recovery friendly environment, employers send a strong message to their communities that they understand the importance of a solution focused approach by addressing addiction and behavioral health “head-on”.
· By connecting to resources provided within the community, Caring Workplaces build relationships that foster recovery and success.
· People within a community come to recognize those employers within their communities that invest in recovery or justice-involved individuals and thus recognize the company as a true Caring Workplace. A workplace with a heart.
A Caring Workplace understands the importance of community and demonstrate this by connecting to resources within the community and recognizing the value that community partnership plays in the role of building and maintaining a successful, strong and healthy workforce