Saskatchewan - 2016 success stories

The success stories highlighted in this report are just a few examples of how the RCMP demonstrates its commitment to the Government of Canada's Public Service Renewal initiative. Through innovative initiatives and programs, the RCMP works with its partners, connects with communities and supports its people in order to keep Canadians safe.

Sleep well, live well – a fatigue management study

The three fundamental human needs necessary for optimal health and wellness are good nutrition, physical activity and a connected social life. Sleep is at the center of these needs, providing the foundation for recovery in order to maintain optimum health. Insufficient sleep degrades brain function, including reducing one's ability to think clearly, handle complex cognitive tasks and solve problems. Sleep loss further degrades routine decision-making skills as well as the ability to balance mood and energy. Recognizing that it is easier to prevent fatigue than to restore alertness, the Saskatchewan RCMP has put together an integrated research team to look at employees' current reality and provide self-management tools to improve sleep health and reduce fatigue. Preliminary results show that employees who have taken the training are making positive behavioural changes that are helping improve their sleep health, physical health and mental health. Some employees are also using restoration and recovery rooms as one strategy to help fight fatigue. The complete results of the study will be available in 2017.

Achieving balance – work-life balance weekly tips

Trying to schedule a fixed number of hours for various work and personal activities is usually unrewarding and unrealistic. Feeling good about your contribution to work and satisfied with your personal life is what work-life balance is about. Saskatchewan RCMP's commitment to employee wellness is built on improving awareness of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, enhancing motivation to form and maintain positive health habits, building the skills necessary to perform new behaviours and creating opportunities that make the healthy choice the easiest choice. Weekly tips provide information and strategies to assist employees in achieving balance benefiting both the organization and its most valuable resource – its people.

Saskatchewan RCMP proactive Peer-to-Peer Program

The Saskatchewan RCMP Peer-to-Peer Program is proactively reaching out to employees when out of the ordinary incidents or investigations happen or when multiple serious incidents occur to ensure employees are aware of the internal RCMP support resources that exist. The program is also starting to reach out to families and provide information on internal resources available to them as well.

Critical Incident Stress Management Team

The Saskatchewan RCMP has assembled a team of trained RCMP members, the RCMP's psychologist for the province and local mental health workers to provide support to employees following critical incidents or cumulative serious incidents. A variety of support is available, including resiliency training, so that employees are aware of the signs and symptoms of stress, healthy ways to manage stress, and existing information on internal RCMP resources.

Proactive recruiting

Every year, the Saskatchewan RCMP participates in two youth camps at the RCMP's Training Academy (Depot) in Regina, Sask. Officers and local youth from several provinces work together to discuss issues and solutions to challenges today's youth face. The young participants also get a sense of life at Depot and the career opportunities within the RCMP. In 2017, the province's proactive recruiters will also give a presentation to newcomers to Canada at the Southwest Newcomer Welcome Centre. The presentation will help newcomers understand the RCMP's role and offer information about career opportunities. Although many of the attendees will be unable to apply due to the RCMP's application requirements, providing the information now will ideally spark an interest and encourage future applications.

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