Agenda

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Global future vision for creating a culture of wellness with Dr. Tyler Amell

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In this session

This session will focus on the current state of wellness and where it will go as we emerge from the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic and towards a new normal. The lens will be focused on health and well-being becoming front and center to the conversations about how we work and where we work, particularly from a psychological perspective. Finally, we’ll cover what employers and employees are hoping to achieve by continually and increasingly investing in health and wellness. This new normal culture will invariably bring change and, with it, organizations that reflect their peoples’ overall positive health.

Key learning opportunities

  • Learn of the latest evidence-based studies on the return-on-investment into worker health promotion, prevention and well-being programs.
  • Hear case studies on how integrated approaches to worker health strategies yield positive results for organizations from a psychological and physical health perspective.
  • Learn about the current trends, technologies and approaches that impact health, productivity and engagement.

 

9:45 to 10 a.m.
Wellness break

Wellness is not one size fits all. The choice is in your hands—move, meditate, mingle or take some me time.

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  • Move—take a moment to move your body, stretch and get the blood flowing.
  • Meditate—pause, unplug and disconnect, so you can come back relaxed, focused and clear.
  • Mingle—join a chat room to network with colleagues and peers on the great topics discussed during the event.
  • Me time—use this time to do what supports you to feel replenished.

 

10 to 11 a.m.
Concurrent sessions (CS)

CS01: Financial well-being—the missing link in most wellness programs with Susanne Cookson

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In this session
Financial stress doesn’t only affect your employees’ personal lives; it also affects their work lives because it isn’t something they can leave at home. It accompanies them to work and can end up negatively affecting their morale, the workplace culture and your organization’s bottom line. Money worries are the biggest source of stress for Canadians. Chances are many of your employees are struggling with their finances. In this session, we will review the impact of financial stress on your business and explore strategies and tools available to support your employees, as well as provide a framework and practical tools for creating a culture of overall well-being.

Key learning opportunities

  • Understand the key elements of a financial wellness framework and the impact of financial health on psychological health and safety in the workplace.
  • Understand how to evaluate the impact of individual financial stress and well-being as it relates to psychological health and safety in the workplace.
  • Learn about practical tools and resources that help increase confidence in skills for individuals and support your organization’s culture of psychological well-being, including easy tips to leverage existing plans to incentivize personal savings and financial protection.
  • Learn practical ways to measure the impact of interventions and assess key learnings for continuous improvements based on results and feedback.

 

CS02: A framework approach to solution necessary change for maximum impact with Design Lab

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In this session
Design thinking is a method of solving complex problems by taking a human-centered approach—including creating healthier workplace cultures that promote psychological health and safety—with a focus on three elements: empathy, creativity and possibilities. In this interactive workshop, the Alberta Health Services Design Lab will demonstrate the power of design thinking with a lightning decision jam, a design recipe that moves you from complex issues around the theme to actionable solutions in under an hour. Come prepared for a hands-on session filled with effective tools you can use to support your efforts in your day-to-day work.

Key learning opportunities

  • Understand how to use design thinking in a health and wellness setting.
  • Practice tools to help you solve human-centred problems and create a culture of wellness with a focus on psychological health and safety.
  • Share and learn about how other attendees are creatively tackling wellness challenges and equipped to implement in your own work setting.

 

11 to 11:15 a.m.
Wellness break

Wellness is not one size fits all. The choice is in your hands—move, meditate, mingle or take some me time.

Read more

  • Move—take a moment to move your body, stretch and get the blood flowing.
  • Meditate—pause, unplug and disconnect, so you can come back relaxed, focused and clear.
  • Mingle—join a chat room to network with colleagues and peers on the great topics discussed during the event.
  • Me time—use this time to do what supports you to feel replenished.

 

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Panel discussion

A live and provocative discussion with thought leaders representing different industries on the topic of psychological health and safety to share perspectives, insights for learning and growth.

12:15 to 12:30 p.m.
Day one closing remarks and next steps

12:30 to 1 p.m.
Lunch and networking (optional)

Thursday, April 22, 2021

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Welcome and opening remarks

8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: Strengthening your culture of wellness: take action in your organization with Graham Lowe

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In this session
This keynote will prepare you to look at wellness through an organizational lens. By doing so, you’ll see how employee well-being and improved organizational performance go hand in hand. That’s because the features of a healthy organization—especially a people-centred culture, inclusive leadership and an inspiring work environment—can support your workforce now and prepare it for sustainable success in the future. This is supported by extensive research and evidence, which will be demonstrated in this session. Your organization stands to gain measurable performance advantages by taking a comprehensive and integrated approach to promoting employee health, safety and wellness. Your challenge now is to find ways to weave well-being goals into how your organization operates, which is needed now more than ever.

Key learning opportunities

  • Understand how a healthy organizational culture and inclusive approach to leadership supports employee well-being and performance.
  • Identify the job, team and work environment features that enable employees to thrive.
  • Learn about successful practices for promoting well-being with a focus on psychological health.
  • Focus on actions you can take to foster a culture of wellness, where people feel safe and can thrive.

 

9:45 to 10 a.m.
Wellness break

Wellness is not one size fits all. The choice is in your hands—move, meditate, mingle or take some me time.

Read more

  • Move—take a moment to move your body, stretch and get the blood flowing.
  • Meditate—pause, unplug and disconnect, so you can come back relaxed, focused and clear.
  • Mingle—join a chat room to network with colleagues and peers on the great topics discussed during the event.
  • Me time—use this time to do what supports you to feel replenished.

 

10 to 11 a.m.
Concurrent sessions (CS)

CS03: Supporting mentally healthy workplaces and moving beyond simply “talking the talk” with Dr. Michael Vallis

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In this session
This session is intended to provide an opportunity for attendees to learn how to de-stigmatize mental health issues in the workplace by expanding the narrative from pathology to positivity. Plain language and action-oriented coping strategies that can be incorporated into workplace culture will be outlined. Finally, attendees will learn how to track progress in a way that is informative, nonjudgmental and empowering.

Key learning opportunities

  • Become familiar with a framework for understanding mental health as a continuum.
  • Understand how current language of mental health is based on a psychopathology model that promotes stigma and resource barriers.
  • Become familiar with a quality of life perspective that is inclusive, descriptive and promotes self-care.
  • Learn about positivism and how it balances distress with well-being and empowerment.
  • Increase confidence in the promotion of brief, action-oriented self-management strategies that directly impact mood, cognition and behaviour.
  • Become familiar with an approach-to-outcome assessment that is not based on recommended behaviours but based on adherence, self-efficacy and intrinsic motivation.
  • Increase confidence in a collaborative care model, in which self-management, technology-based workplace supports and health system resources are integrated in a coherent fashion.

 

CS04: A framework approach to solution necessary change for maximum impact with Design Lab

Read more

In this session
Design thinking is a method of solving complex problems by taking a human-centered approach—including creating healthier workplace cultures that promote psychological health and safety—with a focus on three elements: empathy, creativity and possibilities. In this interactive workshop, the Alberta Health Services Design Lab will demonstrate the power of design thinking with a lightning decision jam, a design recipe that moves you from complex issues around the theme to actionable solutions in under an hour. Come prepared for a hands-on session filled with effective tools you can use to support your efforts in your day-to-day work.

Key learning opportunities

  • Understand how to use design thinking in a health and wellness setting.
  • Practice tools to help you solve human-centred problems and create a culture of wellness with a focus on psychological health and safety.
  • Share and learn about how other attendees are creatively tackling wellness challenges and equipped to implement in your own work setting.

 

11 to 11:15 a.m.
Wellness break

Wellness is not one size fits all. The choice is in your hands—move, meditate, mingle or take some me time.

Read more

  • Move—take a moment to move your body, stretch and get the blood flowing.
  • Meditate—pause, unplug and disconnect, so you can come back relaxed, focused and clear.
  • Mingle—join a chat room to network with colleagues and peers on the great topics discussed during the event.
  • Me time—use this time to do what supports you to feel replenished.

 

11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Panel discussion

A live and provocative discussion with thought leaders representing different industries on the topic of psychological health and safety to share perspectives, insights for learning and growth.

12:15 to 12:30 p.m.
Final closing remarks and key takeaways

12:30 to 1 p.m.
Lunch and networking (optional)