Healthy Minds Canada’s Lunch & Learn Monday, May 30th 12:45-2pm

HMC’s Mindful Employer Series – “Wellness – Metrics in Action”

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Royal Bank Plaza, South Tower, Suite 3800

200 Bay Street

Most companies and business leaders understand the importance of a healthy workforce.  But in Canada, only about 24% of companies report that they evaluate their wellness programs regularly*.

Over the course of our first two Lunch & Learns in our Workplace Mental Health series, we’ve discussed approaches to initiating and engaging in difficult conversations in the workplace, workplace assessments, and mental health initiatives that focus on the needs of the employee.

But in order to justify costs, companies want to know their programs are working.

Part 3 in our Workplace Mental Health series will shine a light on how to best quantify the current state of health and productivity indicators in your organization.

Confirmed Panelists:

Jodi Butts, Executive Director, Rise Asset Development (Moderator)

Paula Allen, VP, Research and Integrative Solutions, Morneau Shepell & Co-Chair, CivicAction Champions Council

Cynthia Hastings-James, Founder, BestLifeRewarded

Karen Jackson, Advisor, Healthy Workplace Strategies, Excellence Canada (formerly National Quality Institute)

Sarah Hilton, Founder & CEO of Stressed Out Solutions

Jennifer Elia, Assistant Vice-President, Health & Wellness, Sun Life Financial

Addie Greco-Sanchez, President, AGS Rehab Solutions Inc.

Areas of interest:  

  • What data to use and where do you get that?
  • Overall Health Benefits usage
  • Employee and Family Assistance usage
  • Sick leave (short and long-term disability)
  • Average sick days reported per employee
  • Annual Leave balances (less than 30 days each year)
  • Employee turnover

How do you determine your baseline measures for measuring success?

  • Healthy Workplace program participation rates
  • Annual Employee Engagement Survey results
  • Online tool/resource views
  • Total number of recipients of workforce mental health training year after year

What are your goals?

  • Creating an evaluation plan
  • Getting rid of stigma – number of workforce who self-disclose
  • Creating an internal peer support system
  • Developing a system for cost/benefit analysis
  • Measure against other existing programs – do you want to be a national leader?

Key indicators and measures:

  • Stress (% of employees who find their job very or extremely stressful)
  • Work-life balance (how satisfied employees are with their work-life balance)
  • Demand (% of employees who often or always have unrealistic time pressures at work)
  • Control (% of employees who have a choice in deciding the way they do their work)
  • Manager support (% of employees who strongly or tend to agree that their line manager encourages them at work)
  • Colleague support (% of employees who strongly or tend to agree that they get the help and support they need from colleagues)

* The Workplace Wellness Alliance – Making the Right Investment: Employee Health and the Power of Metrics, 2013

Sponsored by Pfizer Canada & RootsnShoots Yoga


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* If you are BOTH registered AND in attendance, you will be entered to win your very own group Yoga class (24 people max)!  Generously donated by Pam Diggins, Founder of RootsnShoots Yoga.

* As well, we have a 2nd draw for your very own Lunch and Learn called “The 90-Minute Mental Health Training – “Dispelling the Myths” generously donated by Sarah Hilton, Mental Health Specialist, Founder & CEO of Stressed Out Solutions.


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