TORONTO—Seventy-one percent of Canadian employees in an Ipsos Reid survey are reporting some degree of concern with psychological health and safety in their workplace. That includes 14 percent who disagreed their workplace is psychologically healthy and safe. How do Toronto virtual offices fit into this equation?

The Ipsos Reid survey reveals that more people feel physically safe (20 percent concerned) than psychologically safe (33 percent concerned) in their workplace.  This could be partly to blame on the rise of bullies in the workplace who intimidate coworkers on a daily basis, or the general stress that comes along with high-pressure careers. A Toronto virtual office could help ease psychological stress on both fronts.

"The fact that 14 percent of respondents feel that their psychological health and safety is at risk in the workplace is a significant concern," says Mike Schwartz, senior vice president of Group Benefits for Great-West Life and executive director of the Centre. "However, the number has declined from 20 percent three years ago, which suggests that some employers are successfully taking steps to address these issues.”

Allowing employees to telecommute from a virtual office at least part-time could help solve the problem in a number of ways. First, if the issues are stemming from coworker or management stress, such as in the case of bullies, it would give employees a break from that daily grind. Virtual offices also offer a nice change of pace for employees who work long office hours or employees who work in high-stress situations.

Finally, virtual offices can be a good alternative for companies who need to give employees some time to take a deep breath and seek psychological counseling for workplace stress without abandoning the job. Indeed, virtual offices can serve as one tool for helping to foster psychological health and safety.