SUSTAINABLE WORKFORCE SERIES
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.
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Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace | Agenda
Tuesday 20th April 2021
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
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
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
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
What you will gain:
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An opportunity to make new contacts
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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