Workplace Wellness and Mental Heath 2014
Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel •
Message from the Program Developer
Interest in workplace wellness issues has increased dramatically in recent years. I believe the Board’s research into return on investment (ROI), mental health, smoking cessation, …
Unhealthy employees continue to cost Canadian employers billions of dollars each year.
The Conference Board recently estimated that absenteeism now costs the economy almost S17 billion a year. Previous research showed that the six most common mental conditions afflicting the working-age population – depression, dysthymia, bipolar disorder, social phobia, panic disorder, and agoraphobia - would alone cost more than $20 billion in 2012.
Mental health issues are also the primary cause of both short and long-term disability in Canada. Conference Board research also shows that a depressive episode is one of the strongest risk factors for workplace ‘presenteeism’ – being present but not engaged or productive.
Understanding that employee wellness impacts performance is the first step.
Once you recognize the potential for a return on investment (ROI) for your wellness initiative, you can begin to plan how to maximize the impact your program. This event will help you decide how much to invest, and you’ll hear from other wellness leaders about their strategies for measuring health and wellness ROI.
Learn from the latest Conference Board wellness research.
Conference Board thought leaders will share what they’ve learned from years of producing what have become the industry standard research reports. These studies have kept pace with the changing wellness landscape, and has even helped set the agenda for positive change.
Among the recent reports to be discussed are:
- Creating an Effective Workplace Disability Management Program
- Depression in the Workplace
- Missing in Action: Absenteeism Trends in Canadian Organizations
New, groundbreaking addiction and substance abuse research.
The event will also feature our latest work on addiction and substance abuse. These are growing workplace challenges, and often accompany other wellness and mental health issues. Learn how addiction and substance abuse are affecting your workforce.
If you think absenteeism is costing you money, wait till you measure presenteeism!
According to our study Depression in the Workplace “it is increasingly evident that absenteeism is not the major factor associated with the loss of productive time but rather it is presenteeism” - employees suffering from depression who are physically at work, but underperform due to their condition.
Find out how to identify and deal with presenteeism, from having the difficult conversations to understanding your legal and ethical obligations.
You also need wellness programs to attract and retain top talent.
As the workforce ages and skilled talent shortages become more common and persistent, health and wellness issues grow in importance. A great health and wellness program will give you an edge in increasingly competitive labour markets, as it produces higher engagement and retention of current employees.
If you don’t have an industry-leading wellness program, you’re putting your organization at a distinct disadvantage in the competition for top talent.
Building on success.
The Conference Board of Canada is Canada’s most respected independent research and conference development organization. Its events attract respected experts and innovators, and provide an insightful and enlightening learning experience for all conference participants.
Connect with your top prospects!
Sponsor this event, and collaborate with senior executives, practitioners, and thought leaders. Connect your brand with the solutions, and position your organization as a leader in its field.
To learn more about exhibiting, reception and luncheon sponsorship, and exclusive sponsor benefits, please contact Rhonda Bradbury at (416) 481-1904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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