Master Class: Supporting Employee Well-Being

Date and Time

Starts:10/03/2023 9:00 AM

Ends:10/17/2023 11:00 AM

Registration Closes:10/02/2023 2:00 PM

Event Type: Workshop

6 CPD Hour(s)

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The pandemic has led more and more organizations to realize that employee well-being is critical to the success of a business. Without healthy and productive employees, many organizations will likely not survive or recuperate their business costs. This is the time for organizations to promote and prioritize mental health in the workplace.

In this Master Class, we will discuss creating safe spaces for conversations with a focus on mental health, how to prevent and address burnout, and how to create a business case for an employee well-being strategy in your workplace. Through sharing the latest data, discussions and activities, we will identify ways that we can support our employees’ well-being and create a key competitive advantage for our organizations.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the characteristics and benefits of a psychologically safe workplace
  • Analyze current workplace practices in light of psychological safety
  • Identify personal and organizational actions to enhance psychological safety within your organization
  • Identify which causes of burnout may be having the greatest impact in your organization
  • Discuss strategies for addressing burnout for leaders and staff
  • Discuss strategies for preventing burnout in our organizations
  • Distinguish between wellness and well-being
  • Identify the return on impact of a well-being strategy
  • Apply insights gathered to identify practical ways that we might support employee well-being in 2023 and beyond


Who Should Attend?

  • HR professionals, executives and business leaders
  • Business leaders who are responsible for employee wellbeing, employee engagement, leadership, and policy development



Session 1: Creating Safe Spaces for Conversations About Mental Health

(October 3, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST) 

YMCA WorkWell’s recent community survey of more than 2,100 working adults found that three out of four people are reporting experiencing burnout sometimes to extremely often. We are also seeing an increase in people reporting unhealthy mental well-being scores and asking for more mental health supports in their workplaces. We need to be able to have conversations about mental health at work, but this is often difficult for a variety of reasons. In this session, we will share practical tips for creating psychologically safe spaces at work and review hot-off-the-press research on how we can facilitate supportive conversations about mental health for ourselves and our employees.

Session 2: Preventing and Addressing Burnout

(October 10, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST)

Defined as chronic workplace stress that goes unmanaged, burnout is characterized by exhaustion, disengagement and cynicism. Recovery from burnout is long, estimated to take from six months to two years. We can’t afford to be burning people out! In this session, we will discuss the causes of burnout, how to address it once it’s happened, and - most importantly - how to prevent it.

Session 3: Building the Business Case for Investing in a Well-Being Strategy

(October 17, 2023 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST)

There are so many demands on our resources and we already have a wellness program; why should we invest further in employee well-being? What is the return on impact? How can we build a business case to advocate for greater investment in our organization? In this session, we will share research on why well-being is so important to your organization and how you can move from insights to action to impact through a well-being strategy.


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Speaker bio(s)
Kathryn Toth, CHRP, CHRL, Director, Strategic Well-Being Services

Dr. Kate Toth is the Director of Strategic Well-Being Services at YMCA WorkWell. She has a PhD in Health Psychology, a Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and an active research program in mental health in the workplace. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader with 13 years of post-secondary teaching experience and 8 years of industry HR experience. She loves talking to anyone who will listen about how to create healthier workplaces, getting her butt kicked at board games by her 10-year-old, and practicing yoga and meditation for her own mental well-being.