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 in the Workplace, 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.

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

Wednesday 16th February 2022

12pm – 1pm GMT

What If Your Job Was Good For You?

  • Stating the case for putting wellbeing at the heart of business planning and job design
  • Tackling the leading causes of poor mental health: excessive pressure, workload, long hours, lack of annual leave
  • Assessing how the pandemic has affected and elevated mental health needs
  • Emphasising the importance of holistic wellbeing, where physical, mental, financial and social wellbeing are considered inextricably linked
  • Committing to managing mental health within your organisation and how you can track it sufficiently

Louise Aston, Wellbeing Campaign Director, BITC

Helen Gillett new
Evan Davidge
Kathryn Knowles
Clare OConnor large

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3pm – 4pm BST




Workshop: Making the Most of Your Workforce

  • Addressing imposter syndrome
  • Meetings: how to get everyone to speak up
  • Networking events: how to include everyone including colleagues of faith and ethnic minorities
  • The business case for encouraging confidence and positivity at work

Beverley Akufo-Addo, Confidence & Creativity Coach, Vybe365


Panel Discussion: Maximising Mental Health and Wellbeing of Colleagues in the Workplace

  • How to offer meaningful and impactful support for tired, fractious staff to ensure they feel welcomed and wanted in the workplace
  • What are cost-effective methods to do this?
  • Practical ideas for authentic wellbeing initiatives as people return to the office such as the most effective visuals, programmes and material
  • Embedding wellbeing into job design and practices
  • Applying behavioural science to create change


Helen Gillett, Chief Operating Officer, BetterSpace

Evan Davidge, Author, The Wellbeing Leader

Dr Kathryn Knowles, Managing Director, Cura Financial Services


Five Ways to Achieve Psychologically Safe Virtual Meetings

  • What is psychological safety at work and how can you achieve it?
  • How to set the tone and expectations at work to achieve a positive culture where everyone contributes
  • Strategies for obtaining better feedback on ideas in meetings and making sure that everyone shares the floor
  • Reading the room, dealing with conflict and good, bad and awkward silences
  • Tips for giving inclusive recognition to your peers and authentic praise

Clare O’Connor, Senior Adviser, Inclusion & Wellbeing, Australian Trade & Investment Commission

Featured Speakers

Dr Kathryn Knowles

Managing Director

Cura Financial Services

Beverley Akufo-Addo

Confidence and Creativity Coach


Helen Gillett

Chief Operating Officer


Louise Aston

Wellbeing Campaign Director

Business in the Community

Clare O'Connor

Senior Adviser, Inclusion & Wellbeing

Australian Trade & Investment Commission

Evan Davidge


The Wellbeing Leader

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Hands in the Air
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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