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Embracing compassion in the workplace

The power of compassion in the workplace cannot be overstated. It serves as the cornerstone of a thriving organizational culture, fostering an environment where individuals feel valued, understood and supported.

From May 6 to May 12, 2024, Concert Properties proudly joins the Canadian Mental Health Association in recognizing Mental Health Week—an annual tradition celebrating, protecting and promoting mental health. This year’s theme, ‘Healing Through Compassion’, aims to inspire conversations on how compassion can safeguard and positively impact mental health.

“It used to be that mental health and work were separate conversations, but I’m so happy to see how much that has evolved over the last few years,” says Christine Bergeron, President and CEO of Concert Properties. “Fostering a compassionate work environment means understanding that everyone has days that are better than others and offering tools to support and strengthen the overall well-being of employees—an integral part of Concert Properties’ people-first ethos.”

A recent study     from the University of Toronto shows that a compassionate environment helps reduce anxiety and makes people more resilient to work stress and burnout. Establishing this atmosphere has even been linked to improvements in employee and team performance. 

At Concert Properties, compassion is more than just a value—it's a commitment to our employees realized through the benefits provided to them. In 2023  , the  Manulife Group Benefits Plan     coverage of Mental Health Professional Services was increased from $500 to up to $1,500 per calendar year, with additional tools available for mental health support.

Our Homewood Health Employee and Family Assistance Program offers a wide range of services, including counseling and self-guided therapy, available 24/7. Additionally, we provide access to virtual healthcare through TELUS Health Virtual Care, ensuring convenient and confidential support. MindBeacon    offers personalized therapy and resources tailored to individual needs.

Concert Properties also introduced a program to offer peer support within the workplace, which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Several   employees were certified as Mental Health First Aiders to listen without judgment and hold supportive conversations. They can also guide individuals to professional help and ongoing support, ensuring that employees receive the care and assistance they need.

Recognizing the close connection between physical and mental health, Concert Properties also offers resources to support employees' physical well-being. Our Fitness Reimbursement Program reimburses 50% of fitness expenses up to $1,000 yearly, promoting physical health. 

To learn more about Mental Health Week visit and share your own journey of the power of compassion using the hashtag #CompassionConnects on social media.