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Attendees will be able to choose breakout sessions on the day of the conference.  More info on our session speakers can be found here.

Fireside Chat: Psychological Health and Safety - Where are we now?

Organizations in Alberta have been working hard to address psychological health and safety.  Changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act in 2018 to address psychological harm have created additional momentum and focus. Are we doing enough?   How are the impacts of unfairness, bullying, harassment, discrimination and incivility, showing up in our workplaces?  Panel members will share perspectives on where we are now and what Alberta organizations can do to meet legislated requirements and address these issues.

Panel members:

Dr. Pat Ferris – International Bullying/Harassment Expert, researcher and social worker focused on the treatment of bullying/harassment targets

Wayne McNeil – Co-founder Respect Group and Canadian Red Cross Caring Award Recipient

Cameron Mitchell – President Kasa Consulting , Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) representative, Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) and certified COR auditor

Moderator – Blaine Donais, President and Founder of the Workplace Fairness Institute

Morning Breakout Session 1: How can we position our people and organization’s culture to always place RESPECT first in everything we do?

We all know that organizational cultures that are built on a foundation of Respect have higher productivity, lower turnover, a more positive reputation and fewer legal costs than those where harassment and bullying claims exist and trust, engagement and feeling appreciated for ones’ work is low. It can be challenging to create, and sustain, a culture of Respect amongst employees with differing views, cultures, age groups and overall expectations and understanding.

In this session, we will focus on preventive measures that can be taken to prevent Bullying, Abuse, Harassment and Discrimination or BAHD behaviors including:

  • Transforming senior leadership attitudes around accountability and role modeling
  • Engaging your entire workforce in making Respect a key part of their day to day interactions ongoing – and making it fun!
  • Developing a culture of transparency and open communication
  • Empowering bystanders – the key to transforming negativity
  • Staying aware of what your employees really think and feel about their work environment
  • Constantly improving upon the status of Respect in your organization

Participants will walk away with proactive exercises, tools, techniques and methods that can be easily be implemented in their own workplaces.

Facilitators: Brad Blaisdell, Danica Kelly – East & West Regional Directors – Respect Group – Respect in the Workplace Program

Morning Breakout Session 2: Developing a Roadmap to Create a Psychological Safe Workplace

The Psychological Health and Safety Standard has been adopted by organizations across the country. It is a robust standard that covers 13 psychosocial risk factors that will have an impact on the psychological health and safety of workplace participants.  However, many organizations have found it very difficult to implement the standard in a meaningful way.

In this seminar participants will explore the various tools that have been developed to assess the risk of psychological harm in the workplace.  These will include current available survey instruments and the challenges associated with them.  Outlining clear next steps and facilitating group discussion focused on implementation strategies will get your organization moving on a path toward improved psychological health and safety.

Facilitators: Blaine Donais & Michelle Phaneuf, Workplace Fairness Institute and Workplace Fairness West

Afternoon Session: ROI and Building the Business Case – Sharing Resources

Many organizational leaders see psychological health and safety as a “nice to have” rather than a “must have.”  And most leaders have to balance this “nice to have” with the numerous other demands upon the resources of their organization.  We want all businesses to recognize that psychological safety is AS important as physical safety.

This seminar offers some simple ROI tools that will help you make a formidable business case for action on psychological health and safety.  Participants will explore the financial cost of conflict and unfairness in the workplace. Over the last 10 years we have developed numerous simple tools that can be used to demonstrate the value of investment in psychological health and safety.  We will share these tools and other resources in this interactive seminar to help you make the case.

Facilitator: Blaine Donais, President & Founder of the Workplace Fairness Institute

Afternoon Breakout Session 1: Sharing the Journey to Psychological Health and Safety - The Calgary Drop-In Centre

Psychological Health and Safety for Employees supporting Vulnerable Populations – Learnings from a Homeless Shelter

A new study led by the University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work indicates 33% of workers at homeless shelters suffer PTSD and are subject to vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout, higher than other groups who routinely witness traumatic events, including police, firefighters, ambulance drivers and nurses. Employee well being at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, one of the largest homeless shelters in Canada is front and center.  This session will share how the Calgary Drop-In Centre is working to create Psychological Health and Safety for all employees.

Facilitator:  Sandra Clarkson, Executive Director, Calgary Drop In Centre

Afternoon Breakout Session 2: Sharing the Journey to Psychological Health and Safety - City of Lethbridge

More info coming soon!

Facilitator: Barb Nekich, Senior Human Resources Consultant, City of Lethbridge

Afternoon Breakout Session 3: Sharing the Journey to Psychological Health and Safety - A Union's Perspective

More info coming soon!

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