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EMPLOYER OF CHOICE & ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE

In today's competitive labour market, earning a reputation as an Employer of Choice means excellence and innovation. Learn how psychological health and safety management can transform your organizational culture, creating a thriving work environment where top performers never leave, recruitment is a breeze and your team actually looks forward to coming to work.

Psychological wellness impacting your organization's bottom line, one way or another. While traditional occupational health models focus on keeping employees physically safe on the job, Psychological Health & Safety Consultant Elizabeth Eldridge will show you how neglecting mental wellness at work means your organization is functioning below capacity. Learn why mental health must be acknowledged as a vital component of occupational health, and how making it a priority and implementing practical strategies will help your organization reach its full potential.

Duration: 1 hour (50 min. content + Q&A)

Occupational Health & Safety: Widening
Our Lens

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What motivates and inspires your team?  When our people are stressed and “checked out”, productivity takes a significant hit and job satisfaction is tougher to achieve, causing a spike in turnover rates.  This results in an increased workload for your remaining team members and inevitably impacts your own role as a leader.  The cycle continues on until or unless we do something to stop it.  By strategizing about employee recognition techniques, promoting opportunities for growth and development and leading with a person-centred approach, productivity and job satisfaction will improve for everyone… and your job gets easier!  Join Elizabeth for 90 minutes of brainstorming on thinking outside the box to make your team members feel supported, valued and empowered to bring their best selves to work.

Duration: 2 hours (100 min. content + Q&A)

Breaking the Cycle:  How Person-
    Centred
Leadership
  Will Make
    Your Job Easier!

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Whether it comes in the form of exciting organizational progress and growth or unanticipated challenges, change is a certainty.  Are your organization's leaders prepared to meet the mental health needs of their team members when stress levels surge?  Resistance to change and the varied needs of team members in coping with change can prompt even the most fearless leader to experience frustration and self doubt. Left unmanaged, poor mental health will affect productivity, engagement, workplace culture and morale, and can drastically increase absenteeism and turnover rates – and when leaders themselves are struggling, we can’t ignore the risk of burnout.  Employers have a legal obligation to make an inquiry and devise reasonable accommodations for team members who are struggling with their mental health, but unfortunately these situations don’t come with a How-To Manual.  Leaders who attend this session will learn how to address mental health needs during high-stress times while prioritizing their own wellbeing and modelling positive coping. 

Duration: 2 hours (100 min. content + Q&A)

Brace for Turbulence:                Supporting
                  Mental
                Health in
                 Times of
     Organizational
           Change

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Let's explore resilience from both a personal and organizational standpoint. This session will empower workplace leaders to take charge of their own psychological health and nurture the resilience of their teams. What steps are you taking to protect your mental health and build resilience? How are you promoting these concepts to your team members? In times of difficulty old adages like "everything happens for a reason" serve very little practical purpose and sometimes end up eliciting a sense of helplessness rather than empowering us to take charge of our own mental health.  This session is ideal for organizations who are ready to get proactive about psychological wellness and work on culture change.

Duration: 2 hours (100 min. content + Q&A)

     How to Build
       a Fortress:
   Cultivating Organizational
and Employee
    Resilience

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The perfect choice for groups who are ready to move beyond the theoretical and actively practice navigating conversations about mental health in the workplace.  Participants are introduced to a handy memory aid which provides a framework for offering support to someone who may be struggling.  Although each situation is unique some important “Do”s and “Don’t”s are covered, inspiring confidence in our ability to be effective helpers.  Our role as helpers is not to solve a person’s problems or even to give advice.  Instead, by listening and expressing compassion – while maintaining appropriate boundaries – we aim to connect the individual with resources and professional supports that meet their needs.  Please note that this session is more of a workshop, and will be best suited to groups who already have some degree of knowledge and ease with the topic of mental health.

Duration: 2 hours (100 min. content + Q&A)

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Let's Talk! Conversation Navigation 101

50% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.  Do you know how to help?

Navigating conversations about mental health can feel awkward, and there’s an extra layer of sensitivity in the workplace.  In today’s world leaders must be comfortable breaching this difficult subject when someone on their team needs support, but it can be tough to know exactly what to say (and what not to say).  Stigma, healthy boundary setting, legal responsibilities and other tricky topics are laid out plainly in this session.  This deep dive into a leader’s role in employee mental health will leave you feeling confident and prepared to step in and offer help when it’s needed, and to lead the way in adopting a healthy, supportive culture where talking about mental wellbeing at work doesn’t feel intimidating.  Ideal for both new and seasoned leaders.

Duration: 2 hours (100 min. content + Q&A)

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Mental Health in the Workplace:
A Leader's Essential Toolkit

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The Mentally Healthy Workplace

The Mentally Healthy Workplace is our SIGNATURE SESSION, equipping leaders, human resource professionals, health and safety coordinators and other employee wellness champions with the necessary tools to be proactive about workplace wellness and foster a psychologically safe work environment. Mental health issues account for about one third of all disability claims in Canadian workplaces, and 70% of the total costs. In addition to the impact of absenteeism, many organizations are experiencing diminished productivity, disengagement and other effects of “presenteeism” — employees being physically present at work but functioning below their capacity due to mental distress. Employers have a duty to make reasonable accommodations for health conditions whether physical or mental in nature but offering support and implementing accommodations can be complex when it comes to mental health concerns. Topics covered in this session include:

  • Mental health: what it is, its place in our overall health and its impact in the workplace

  • Stigma, including the more subtle forms this type of prejudice can take

  • Legal responsibilities of the employer and employee, including the Duty to Inquire, Duty to Accommodate

  • Understanding depression and anxiety, the most common mental health issues in Canada

  • Talking about mental health problems in the workplace: practical conversation tools

  • Connecting employees with professional support resources: who, what, when and how?

The Mentally Healthy Workplace includes a take-home workbook for each participant (digital format for virtual delivery; hard copies for in-person sessions).

 

Duration: Half-Day and Full-Day Options Available -- what's the difference?

The half-day session was created to provide organizations teams with the "nuts and bolts" of mental health in the workplace. This gives participants a broad overview of the many moving parts that make up a psychologically safe and healthy work environment.  It makes a great starting point for leadership teams who are starting to have conversations about employee mental health and organizational wellness, but are working under time constraints.

 

The full-day session (6 hours of content plus a lunch break partway through) allows time for participants to engage in more organization-specific dialogue and problem-solving through hands-on activities and case studies. This option is for organizations who are ready to move from theory into action.

New training programs debuting April 2024:

  • Activate Your Superpowers: Secret Ingredients for Maximizing Retention and Engagement

  • Ahead of the Game: What Does It Take to Be an Employer of Choice in Today’s Market?

  • Living the Dream: How to Build a Dream Culture

  • To See and Be Seen: Inclusion, Belonging and Social Wellbeing in the Workplace

  • Your Psychological Health and Safety Journey: Assessing Organizational Readiness

  • Humanizing the Workplace: Turning Mistakes, Vulnerability and Insecurities into Your Organization’s Greatest Asset

  • More Than a Thank You: Innovative Employee Recognition Strategies to Level Up Engagement

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All programs available as interactive virtual sessions or in person Canada-wide.
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