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The Coping Crisis: Building Psychologically Safe Workplaces

The Conference Board of Canada, September 30, 2015
Recorded Webinar
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Many organizations are doing great work to provide a psychologically safe workplace. They target workplace stressors, environmental hazards, such as bullying, and take action to support and engage their employees. Yet many employees continue to struggle and workplace mental health issues are increasingly taking a toll on both the employees themselves, and the workplace as a whole.

Progressive employers are now adopting a philosophy of shared accountability among employers and employees—working together towards a psychologically safe workplace. Employees can, and do, have the primary role in maximizing an organization’s productivity and success. But what is that role, and how can employers provide the tools and support needed to ensure a mentally healthy workplace for everyone?

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Webinar Highlights

In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Bill Howatt introduces his new book, called The Coping Crisis. He explores the question of whether we face a mental health crisis, or a coping crisis. He explores how employees get into a coping crisis and the pathways out, with a focus on action plans for both the employer and the employee.

He discusses:

  • What are coping skills and why they matter.
  • Why coping skills are a lead indicator for predicting health and engagement.
  • How coping skills influence discretionary effort.
  • What employees can do to evolve their coping skills.
  • How employers can create shared accountability and action plans.

About Bill

photo of Bill HowattDr. Bill Howatt PH.D., Ed.D. Chief Research & Development Officer, Workforce Productivity, Morneau Shepell has over 25 years’ experience in strategic HR, mental health and addictions, and leadership. He has published numerous books and articles, such as: The Coping Crisis, Pathways to Coping, TalOp®: Taking the Guesswork Out of Management, the Howatt HR Elements Series, the Wiley Series on Addictions, Human Services Counselor’s Toolbox, The Addiction Counselor’s Desk Reference, and The Addiction Counsellor’s Toolbox. He is the author of Beyond Engagement: The Employee Care Advantage and the creator of the Quality of Work Life (QWL) methodology and survey. He is the co-author of behavioral engineering, a strategy aligned to the QWL to provide guidance on how to lead employees to facilitate behaviour change.

He is a regular contributor to The Globe and Mail and is the behind the Your Life at Work initiative, where there is a mini version of the QWL that has been explored by over 10,000 Canadians.

Bill Howatt, is Ph.D., Ed.D., Post Docorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, RTC, RSW, ICADC.

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