Inclusion of Indigenous workers in workplace mental health

Publication type
Journal article
Authors
O'Loughlin RA, Kristman VL, Gilbeau A
Date published
2021 Jan 01
Journal
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Pages
epub ahead of print
Open Access?
Yes
Abstract

Purpose This paper highlights inclusion issues Indigenous people experience maintaining their mental health in the workplace. Design/methodology/approach Using a grounded theoretical approach, five sharing circles were conducted with the Nokiiwin Tribal Council's community members to better understand inclusivity issues related to workplace mental health. Findings Five themes emerged from the data related to enhancing inclusivity and workplace mental health for Indigenous workers: (1) connecting with individuals who understand and respect Indigenous culture; (2) respecting Indigenous traditions; (3) hearing about positive experiences; (4) developing trusting relationships and (5) exclusion is beyond the workplace. Research limitations/implications The next step is to finalize development of the Wiiji app and evaluate the effectiveness of the app in helping Indigenous workers feel included at work and to improve workplace mental health. If effective, the Indigenous-developed e-mental health app will be promoted and its benefits for helping Indigenous workers feel included at work and also for providing accessible mental health resources, will be known. In the future, other Indigenous groups may be potentially interested in adopting a similar application in their workplace(s). Originality/value There is very little known about inclusivity issues related to Indigenous workers' maintaining their mental health. This paper identifies major issues influencing the exclusion and inclusion of Indigenous workers