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Fireside Chat: Expert Insights on Hybrid Workplace Health and Performance

WITH DEBBIE PEARMAIN, LORI SCHMIDT, AND ERIKA FALK ON OCT 27, 2021 AT 10 AM MST

Join us to have a fireside chat with experts and leaders in the space of workplace health, performance, productivity, and well-being.

 

Come prepared to bring forward your burning questions about hybrid work! Victoria Grainger, Founder of Wellness Works Canada will be hosting a lively discussion with Debbie Pearmain, expert in HR, mental health, and resilience; Lori Schmidt, an expert in competitiveness and productivity; and Erika Falk, an expert in health, well-being and fitness.

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Leading with Mental Health in Mind

WITH CMHA ON DEC 1, 2021 AT 10 PM MST

As a leader, you know that your team's mental health matters. Mental health at work is crucial for employee wellness, engagement and creativity.
Unfortunately, stigma around mental health challenges persists, and open dialogue can be a challenge. Sometimes, it's hard to know what to do or say in the moment.
During the webinar, we'll share strategies and tips for:

  • what to do and what to say when someone talks about their mental health

  • how to build strategies to support your own mental health in the workplace

We'll also talk about the differences between mental health and mental illness, and the ways that mental health impacts our workplace.

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Building a Healthy, High Performing Hybrid Work Culture
 

WITH VICTORIA GRAINGER 

Many workplaces have become a hybrid of work-from-home and in-person. But how can you create a culture that thrives with the disconnection this creates? What policies are effective in supporting productivity, connection and mental well-being? Join us to address these questions and more. Key learning outcomes include:

  • Understand key trends in hybrid work

  • Have a tips to promote a connected, healthy performing hybrid work culture

  • Have practical tips to inspire productivity and performance in a hybrid environment

  • Have practical tips to support employee mental and physical well-being in a hybrid environment

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Critical Conversations Community of Practice

WITH RUTHANN WEEKS

Are you confident you are supporting the mental health of your team? How comfortable are you initiating a check-in conversation? Do you worry that you may overstep or offend someone? Talking about mental health can be uncomfortable if you are not sure how the other person is going to respond. It can feel risky if you aren’t sure where to start or how to formulate your responses. You may even be worried that you are going to cause someone who is struggling further harm. Join us for this informative talk where we will outline a simple framework to help guide this critical conversation.

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How to Overcome Stress Eating

WITH BETTINA MACKENBACH 

Do you find that you’re often in the kitchen, thinking about your next meal, eating more than you think you need, or stress eating? Maybe you are even feeling distressed and beating yourself up because you’ve been turning to emotional eating to cope. We’re living in stressful times and many of us have turned to food for comfort and coping. In this webinar, registered dietitian and certified coach Bettina Mackenbach will share strategies for building healthy eating habits over time. 

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Authentic Leadership: Perfect

Imperfection

WITH ANN-MARIE FLINN

It is time for authentic leadership through Perfect Imperfection. In this webinar, participants will receive useful insights and mental tools to help minimize the stress of being perfect, create awareness and curiosity of the present mindset, increase awareness of how fear can show up as perfectionism, discover how to reframe words that get us stuck in the trap of perfectionism, focus on your strength traits and the art of resilience, bring normalcy to perfect imperfection. 

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Supporting our Caregivers at Work

WITH ELYSE CATHREA, CMHA 

As someone with experience caregiving for a loved one with mental illness, I know first-hand the toll it can take on our overall wellbeing and how we are able to show up in the world. One of the ways this can significantly impact us is how we show up in our jobs. In this webinar we will discuss what it’s like to be a caregiver to someone with mental illness, some of the challenges caregivers can face, and the ways in which that can impact how we show up in our jobs. Lastly we will go over our Caregiver Connections program at CMHA, other resources that support caregivers in their experiences and how employers can support them.

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Perspectives from a Cancer Patient on Work Challenges and Opportunities

WITH ALLAN SMOFSKY

Join us to learn how to create a compassionate workplace that supports people through various types of trauma. The session will cover the different kinds of trauma; how psychological safety fits into the hierarchy of needs in the workplace; how trauma changes the brain; wow trauma affects physical health; how trauma can change our health habits/behaviors; post traumatic growth; and finally, six ways to create a compassionate workplace in regards to trauma.

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Creating Healthy and Safe Workstations

WITH PAMELA DEMPSTER,  BA, BScOT, CMWA, CCPE 

This session offers information and education on how employees and managers can remain healthy, safe and comfortable at office/home office workstations. Participants will be introduced to the field of Ergonomics/Human Factors; what Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTD's) are; how to identify CTD Risk Factors, and loads of practical tips to use at the workstation to reduce/ prevent Cumulative Trauma Disorders.​

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Effective Communication for Return to Work

WITH DR. THOMAS BARKER

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, risk communicators seek ways to design effective messaging for return-to-work. This presentation helps health and safety managers assess, plan, design, deliver, and monitor effective return-to-work
communications. Leave with an understanding of how to manage risk communication and learn the Effective Risk Communication "Golden Rule.

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Mindful Leadership to Increase Performance

WITH LINA BIL

The pressure on leaders is increasing with the pace of change, the volume of information available, and the scale of complexity. Our ability to focus at work is declining due to information overload and distractions. Resilience is all about our capacity to handle difficulties, demands and high pressure without becoming stressed.  Learn tangible, research-based strategies that are particularly effective for leaders when it comes to focused performance.

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WITH PAULA ALLAN AND JACKIEDELFOSSE

Learn the skills that employees and leaders increasingly need given the current and anticipated challenges and changes that we will all face. Learn about the challenges to business performance and sustainability that relate to employees productivity. Understand current and emerging stressors and demands and skills that make a difference in resilience and high performance.

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Workplace Well-being and Productivity

WITH LORI SCHMIDT AND VICTORIA GRAINGER

Learn from productivity expert Lori Schmidt, and workplace well-being expert, Victoria Grainger, about the connection between workplace well-being and productivity. Learning objectives include understanding the connection between well-being and productivity in the workplace, understanding the employer’s role in supporting employee and organizational well-being and finally, to take away practical tips to support well-being and productivity in your workplace and beyond.

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Global Workplace Wellness Summit

FEATURING WORKPLACE HEALTH AND PERFORMANCE CHARTER SIGNATORIES ON NOV 8, 2021

Come to learn and be inspired by Workplace Health and Performance Charter signatories as they share their leading practices, how they overcame challenges, and how they are helping to achieve a shared vision of a healthy population and high performing economy. The two topics that will be focused on include addressing the Great Resignation and Return to the Physical Workspace and Hybrid Environments that Support Employee Health and Productivity.

This session will be an opportunity to network with leaders, learn leading workplace health and performance practices, and discuss ways we can work together to create a movement of workplace health, well-being, and performance across the globe. NOTE: the Summit is not a Wellness Works Canada event but we are proudly hosting one of the sessions.

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The Role of Psychological Safety in DEI

WITH RUTHANN WEEKS ON

JAN 12, 2021 AT 1O AM MST

Are you confident that employees feel free to share their ideas, or does it depend on who they are talking to? How secure do your staff feel at work? What is the cost when people hold back?

The only way to maximize the potential of that diverse team you have built is to provide an environment of psychological safety where each person is free, safe, and encouraged to share without fear.

Learning objectives include:

  • The key role of psychological safety in inclusion

  • Areas of responsibility to create an environment of trust

  • Sample questions to assess inclusion safety

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Your Workplace Mental Health Strategy in a Post-Pandemic World

WITH BRANDY PAYNE 

Mental Health in the Workplace is a big topic, and there are a ton of resources out there.


How do you know what’s right for your organization?


Join Brandy Payne, Workplace Mental Health Consultant, for this Community of Practice where we’ll take a deeper dive into what to look for from your needs assessment and other data so that you can have a Workplace Mental Health Strategy that works for you.

 

You’ll learn how to analyze the documents you have, what info you might still need, and how to select your top 2-3 areas of focus.

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Supporting Mental Well-being and Performance Through Disruption

WITH VICTORIA GRAINGER

In this webinar, learn how to integrate psychological support and mental health into existing workplace mechanisms. Next, take away practical tips to support employee mental health and performance to creating a culture that will allow your organization to thrive through disruption. By the end, you will have a model connecting culture, psychological safety and employee and individual performance, practical tips to support employee mental well-being, tricks that can support your organization to thrive through disruption and know how to support your own mental well-being and performance through disruption.

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Trauma and Resiliency: Community of Practice

WITH JEFFREY CARTWRIGHT

Learn from an incredibly authentic, vulnerable and inspiring speaker, Jeff Cartwright, CTR, CWT. Jeff shares some tips on how to identify critical incident stress reactions and talks about self-care strategies that promote the resilience required to move forward from the initial impact of trauma. Want to see his style? Check out his latest Ted Talk on Mindfulness: Tao the Art of Living not Surviving.

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Building Resilience in Challenging Times

WITH MARY RONACERLLI 

Are you struggling with the stress caused by this years’ events? Do you have the skills you need to successfully navigate your way through the challenges ahead? Challenges of the likes that we have not seen before, as we, along with the rest of the world, wrestle with continued effects of the Global COVID -19 pandemic. In this interactive 1-hour webinar we will provide you with practical, thought provoking and lifestyle strategies that you can use daily to weather this storm with strength, resolve and grace.

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Change The Way You Use Technology To Engage People Online

WITH VICTORIA GRAINGER AND ROBERT MANSOLAN

Learn new and creative ways that employers and practitioners are engaging employees and clients online to support health and performance. First, learn tips and tricks from Robert Manolson, Creator & Facilitator Powerful Play Experiences who has offered in-person workshops and events since 2006 and how he has leveraged technology, pivoted and moved online. Also hear from Victoria Grainger, about tricks and platforms that partners and clients are using to engage people. 

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Understanding and Supporting Mental Health for Leaders

WITH DEBBIE PEARMAIN 

Join us to learn from Debbie Pearmain, with One Stop HR, who has worked with CEOs and leadership teams at more than 250 companies about how to understand and support mental health for leaders. The workshop outline covers current mental health statistics; mental health continuum model; healthy, reactive, distressed; signs of distress at work (or remotely); having the conversation; if it doesn't go well; how/when to escalate concerns; and finally, support available.

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Reflecting on the Impact of COVID-19 on Workplace Health 

WITH VICTORIA GRAINGER AND ROBERT MANOLSON ON NOV 18 AT 10 am MST 

Join us in this interactive national online community of workplace health practitioners to learn and share unique perspectives about the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry. Next, identify leading practices for how we can thrive moving forward together as a community of practitioners. Next have a conversation with your peers to share your experience, challenges and best practices.

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Overcoming Mental Health Challenges in a Global Pandemic

WITH TIM NEUBAUER, CMHA, ALBERTA DIVISION

This webinar takes a look at five evidence informed strategies to advise action, program development, and community interventions. Recognizing that we all respond to stress in different ways and recover following our own timelines, tools will be given to support each participant on their journey forward.

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Small but 
Impactful Strategies to Support Mental 
Health at Work

WITH BRANDY PAYNE

Supporting our team’s mental health can seem like an overwhelming task at the best of times. During a global pandemic, it can seem impossible. While it can be a big topic, there are small shifts we can all do to help support ourselves and our teams, whether we’re working remotely, in the workplace, or somewhere in between. In this webinar learn small, but impactful things to improve mental health at work.

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Leading Through to the Next Normal

WITH LORI SCHMIDT AND VICTORIA GRAINGER

What will it take to navigate this crisis, now that our traditional metrics and assumptions have been rendered irrelevant? More simply put, it’s our turn to answer a question that many of us once asked of our grandparents: What did you do during the war? Our answer is a call to act across five stages, leading from the crisis of today to the next normal that will emerge after the battle against COVID-19 has been won: Resolve, Resilience, Return, Reimagination, and Reform.

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3 Positively Deviant Practices To Help You Lead A Winning Team

WITH DEBORAH CONNORS ON NOV 25, 2021 AT 12 PM MST

Join Deborah to explore three shifts in thinking that successful leaders use to positively deviate from the conventional way that most teams operate. Learn how you can stop managing and start leading people, how you can create workplace health through a focus on team culture, and how you can move from downstream to upstream thinking. 

 

If you are an emerging leader (or even a seasoned one) or a business owner and you want to revisit how to lead a successful, high performing team in a way that does not feel overwhelming or lead to burnout, we hope to see you at this webinar. Let’s engage in what it means to be positively deviant at work and why that matters.

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Why Employer Mental Health Programs Aren't Working

WITH DEBBIE PEARMAIN ON

JAN 26, 2021 AT 1O AM MST

Workplace mental health and wellbeing has been at the forefront of HR's agenda over the past year and a half. Employers are doing more now to support employee wellbeing than ever before and yet something is just not working. 70% of employee disability claims are related to poor mental health and over 500,000 Canadians are off work each week because of this. Since covid began, 4 times the number of Canadians are reporting higher anxiety. Come hear why the current approach is not working and learn strategies of how you can more effectively improve the wellbeing of your employees.

Agenda:
- Current stats
- Business Impacts of MH
- Current Employer MH supports
- Why EAP is not working
- Whats the Solution?
- How engagement surveys help
- Your Action Plan

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Setting Boundaries: A radical act of self-care for leaders

WITH CAROLINE COLLINS

Many employees look to leaders they trust for support when feeling stressed. As leaders it’s essential to remind employees that it’s okay to say no, and it’s important to recharge. But how are you supporting yourself? Being able to say “No” to the demands or expectations of others and creating a healthy balance between taking care of ourselves and taking care of others is critical when striving to manage our stress and well-being. In this 1 hour webinar we will review some steps that will help you set clear boundaries that will allow you to balance your many obligations successfully by focusing on what’s important to you.

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Leading and Coaching for Resilience

WITH DEBBIE PEARMAIN

In this interactive webinar, join us to learn how to lead and coach for resiliency. Debbie Pearmain, from One Stop HR will review what leading for resilience looks like. She will then take a look into solution focused coaching, how to ask good questions and then take a look at some key coaching steps. Finally, you will learn four critical resiliency skills including positive mindset, emotional intelligence, vision and goal setting, and problem solving.

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Diversity Inclusion, and Interpersonal Resilience at Work

WITH JOYCE ODIDISON 

There are more employees than ever asking for diversity inclusion and equal representation at work. The recent incidents of constructive racial disruptions have created more awareness and expectation of diversity inclusion, and representation in the workplace. Join the powerful wellness conversation – Diversity inclusion, and interpersonal resilience as a workplace wellness strategy, with the world’s leading Interpersonal Wellness Expert, Joyce Odidison, to explore the intricacies of diversity inclusion and interpersonal resilience.

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Becoming a Trauma Aware Employer

WITH ANN-MARIE FLINN 

Listen in to learn how to create a compassionate workplace that supports people through various types of trauma. The session will cover the different kinds of trauma; how psychological safety fits into the hierarchy of needs in the workplace; how trauma changes the brain; how trauma affects physical health; how trauma can change our health habits/behaviors; post traumatic growth; and finally, six ways to create a compassionate workplace in regards to trauma.

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Family Caregiver Wellness in the Workplace

WITH NICOLA MCFARLANE AND ALLISON MCFADDEN-SQUIRE

With our growing baby boomer population, more and more people in workforce are caring for aging parents. For caregivers, there is an extra demand that can create a work-life struggle and it is more important than ever to support them. Family caregivers will learn from experienced health care instructors, who will provide knowledge specific for a family caregiver’s needs. Join us on January 27th, as we discuss some of these important health observations and care decisions in caring for an aging loved one. See if they resonate with what you are or maybe facing in the near future.

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Why Trust Matters and How to Measure it in Your Organization

WITH DR. MERV GILBERT AND GRAHAM LOWE 

Trust-based relationships between all personnel are essential for a healthy, safe and productive organization. The unprecedented changes COVID-19 has imposed on workers and employers makes trust even more essential, yet at the same time threatens to erode it as the pandemic and pandemic response evolve. This session explores these challenges to trust, pointing out opportunities to maintain and build trust in your organization.

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Financial Wellness: An Investment In Stress Reduction

WITH BENJAMIN ALLEN, AFCC® 

Financial stress is reported as a top stressor for many working Canadians, so why isn’t more being done in the workplace to address it? This webinar will examine some simple ways to incorporate financial wellness resources into an organization’s wellness programming. From cutting-edge fin-tech to simple savings strategies, we examine real-world examples of how these tools can change behaviours.

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Breaking Down the Psychological Health and Safety Standard

WITH RUTHAN WEEKS 

Join us in this interactive Community of Practice to Learn, Exchange and Act. Learn from this month's speaker - Ruthann Weeks, about effective leading practices and how to create a culture of psychological health and safety. Next exchange barriers, solutions and ideas. Finally, commit to act by bringing that learning to your workplace or workplaces you support.

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Return to Work: Mental Health Support

WITH LORI CASSELMAN

Learn about how to support employee mental health and productivity as we return to work.

Learning outcomes include understanding employees’ stress and anxiety associated with the re-integration into a modified workplace. Learn to support employee’s mental health during and after self-isolation to ease the transition. Finally, restore productivity when employees are going back to an office routine.

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Preparing for Post-Pandemic Recovery

WITH GRAHAM LOWE

The webinar will challenge you to answer these questions: Where do your leaders and employees want to be 12 months from now? How can your virtual teams actively shape productive and healthy remote work? What are the key lessons from how your employees, teams, and leaders have adapted to the pandemic, and what are the implications for designing post-pandemic work? What actions today will contribute to a resilient, engaged, and committed workforce post-pandemic?