Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace 2022


Mental Health & Wellbeing
in the Workplace

Wednesday 16th February 2022

When you prioritise the physical and mental wellbeing of your people, they are more likely to perform to their full potential, feel valued and engaged, and stay at their company for longer. In the ‘new normal’, looking after your workforce is more important than ever, with so many working remotely and the lines between work and home life becoming blurred.

Mental health charity Mind reported that more than half of adults feel their wellbeing has deteriorated since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and this figure rises among underrepresented groups. As well as having wellbeing high on the agenda because it is the right thing to do, organisations should also remember that wellbeing has a tangible impact on business outcomes, and that not addressing wellbeing and mental health can be costly.

There are many different aspects of wellbeing to consider, from work/life balance and working environment to relationships and community belonging. We must identify how to address each element that underpins employee wellbeing, particularly in a way that works remotely, with flexible and hybrid working patterns here to stay.

In order to remain productive and happy at work, employees need to feel a sense of connection, and that they are being supported by the organisation – both emotionally and practically – and this will look different for each employee. Companies should enable their people to find the right mix of tools and experiences for their individual needs.

At this Sustainable Workforce summit on Mental Health & Wellbeing, join us for expert advice on how to incorporate wellbeing initiatives into your day-to-day business activity and communicate the key messages to your workforce, how to empower managers to support their teams, what to prioritise in the year ahead, the importance of considering wellbeing when planning your future office spaces, tools and technologies that can help, and how you can measure your progress.

This in-depth online event features a mix of insightful presentations, interviews and case studies, a live panel discussion and an interactive meetup session. Discover lots of practical ideas and resources to help you step up your commitment to wellbeing – and real action to back this up – in the year ahead, enabling you to build a more resilient, healthy and productive workforce.

  • Discover new software tools and strategies to benefit diversity and inclusion in your organisation
  • Ignite passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives within your organisation and facilitate greater change for good
  • Connect with other professionals also looking to upgrade their D&I strategies and work together to advance change

Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace | Agenda

Tuesday 20th April 2021

Mark Kelly 2

12pm – 1pm BST

Supporting Employees to Make the Right Choices for Their Work/Life Harmony 

  • The work that Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has done to translate its Wellbeing@BCG programme to the virtual/hybrid world, with 25,000 employees worldwide
  • Being agile – always reviewing the approach to wellbeing in response to changing external factors
  • Why BCG has increasingly focused on personal sustainability, in recognition of the impact of emotional wellbeing on performance, and what this means in practice
  • The risks of burnout and how to address these

Mark Kelly, Director of Global Benefits & Wellbeing, Boston Consulting Group


1pm – 2pm BST

Creating an Organisational Culture of Health and High Performance

Industry leader in workplace wellness, Julian Hitch, will discuss:

  • Insights from Julian’s two decades working in the high performance, self-performance and wellbeing sectors – from training special forces units to coaching CEOs to his former position as Director of Wellbeing for Leon Restaurants
  • How his unique, integrated approach improves the lives of individuals and entire workforces
  • ‘Self-undevelopment’ – the importance of knowing yourself and how you think
  • How internal wellbeing champions can create a culture of high performance & wellbeing, empower employees to help themselves and others and be equipped to take positive action at work
  • When employees truly understand who they are, they consciously connect better with others -improving their abilities to influence and work effectively as a team, curating a culture of harmony, health and high performance. Julian will share examples of exercises that can help you stay relaxed
  • How he implemented a pioneering company-wide wellbeing strategy while at Leon Restaurants, which incorporated wellness into daily routines and redefined wellness for employees in the industry

Julian Hitch, High Performance & Wellbeing Consultant, The Conscious Coach

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2pm – 3pm BST

Wellbeing with a Leadership Development Focus

Holly MacWilliam, a certified yoga teacher in addition to her role as People Development Manager at Farfetch, will begin by leading us in a breathing activity, before discussing:

  • How Farfetch has transformed its Leadership Development initiatives over the past two years, with fresh approaches to combining the neuroscience of wellbeing and people development
  • The company’s focus on creating the conditions for Farfetchers to own their career and thrive
  • Ways in which Farfetch has experimented with several interventions, including aromatherapy, breathwork, psychology of movement, Farfetch Yoga, and the exploration of authenticity, community and vulnerability within its Leadership hacks
  • The positive initial results from these interventions and next steps

Holly MacWilliam, People Development Manager, Farfetch

Bernadette Thompson

3pm – 4pm BST

Wellbeing in a Post-Pandemic World – Defining Expectations and Reprogramming Routines

  • As many organisations move to a hybrid workforce model, what should be considered and implemented in terms of employee wellbeing?
  • Looking at work/life balance and the working day – during the lockdowns, we all adapted to the collision of work and personal responsibilities at home with the ever-changing situation. Now that working from home some or all of the time will become the norm, how might the working day need to be reprogrammed to ensure wellbeing needs are met and that employees do not burn out?
  • Steps that leaders should take to role-model behaviours, to promote a culture of wellbeing among their workforce

Bernadette Thompson, Deputy Director of Inclusion, Wellbeing & Employee Engagement, Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Ama Afrifa-Tchie
Chloe Foy
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4pm – 5pm BST

Panel Discussion: The Evolution of the Workplace – Maximising Positive Impact on the Health, Wellbeing and Productivity of Your Employees

  • Remaining competitive – what do organisations need to do to attract future talent? From flexibility and fairness to culture and collaboration
  • Approaches taken during the pandemic that should be continued in the post-pandemic world
  • Why you need to focus on wellbeing, and strategies you can implement to prevent burnout
  • How performance management – a key element of the employee experience – needs to change. An analysis by Gallup suggested that only 2 in 10 employees say their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work, showing that there is much work to be done. How can you make your process more flexible, forward-looking, and collaborative?
  • Strategies for engaging effectively with your remote employees – understanding how employees’ expectations and engagement needs are changing
  • Ideas on how to energise and inspire your people to maintain a productive, high-performing workforce


Ama Afrifa-Tchie, Head of People, Wellbeing & Equity, MHFA England

Chloe Foy, Behavioural Science Strategist, McCann Synergy

Maddy Pridmore, Founder, Mental Health Matters at Work

Featured Speakers

Elisabeth Galvin

Content Editor

Diversity Network

Clare O'Connor

Senior Adviser, Inclusion & Wellbeing

Australian Trade & Investment Commission

Beverley Akuto-Addo

Confidence and Creativity Coach

Vybe 365

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After the learning, join us to meet speakers and fellow attendees and make new contacts at our exclusive after-show digital meetup.

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Thank you very much for an excellent and thought provoking conference. Many thanks to the team for organising such a great event.
Great to be able to share our own experiences and tips but also to learn from other sectors.
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Thank you very much to you all for putting on a highly professional and great show!!

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