SAMHSA webinar: Corporate Pioneers—Creating Cultures of Caring: Enhancing Health and Safety in the Workplace and the Larger Community
Thursday, May 9, 2013
3 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. ET
(2 p.m. CT; Noon PT)
Register for SAMHSA’s May 9 Webinar: Creating Cultures of Caring: http://promoteacceptance.samhsa.gov/teleconferences/archive/training/teleconference05092013.aspx
Registration will remain open through May 9.
Colleen Dame, M.B.A., is the Director – Wellness for Chesapeake Energy Corporation, where she provides leadership for wellness programs involving employees on the corporate campus and in the field.
Paul W. Heck, M.Ed., LPC, is the Global Manager of Employee Assistance & WorkLife Services for DuPont, where he is responsible for an integrated employee assistance program (EAP) serving 70,000 employees and their families in more than 65 countries.
Jim Ramnaraine, M.A. in Industrial Relations, is the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator with the Leave & Accommodation Management Office of Hennepin County in Minnesota, where he coordinates compliance with State and Federal civil rights laws, including implementation of ADA accommodation requests.
Stresses both in and outside of work can effect employees, whether the everyday stresses of family life, caregiving, work stresses, financial challenges, health problems, or more serious issues, including mental health, addiction, domestic violence, or other traumatic events. While many employers have begun to recognize that mental and emotional health is an integral part of overall health and wellness, too often employers remain unaware about what they can do. Employers can have a tremendous positive impact in creating a healthy and safe workplace, which is a win-win situation for employers, employees, families, and the larger community.
In fact, there are significant benefits to employers and employees when a business decides to promote a mentally healthy workplace. When employers value practices and policies that recognize emotional distress as a part of everyday living and promote the mental health and well-being of their employees, perceptions and attitudes about mental health improve and acceptance of these issues in the workplace increases. A mentally healthy workplace can positively affect productivity, boost morale, result in containment of healthcare costs, and promote employee retention.
During this webinar, you will gain a better understanding of workplace challenges and workable solutions. You will hear from three employers who have developed and implemented mentally healthy, innovative, cost-effective programs that are making a difference within their respective workplaces and learn how these can be replicated in your organization.
You’ll learn how one company turned tragedy into triumph, creating the “Your Life Matters” campaign. You’ll hear from an international firm that created the I.C.U. or “I See You” program that encourages employees to reach out to, rather than avoid, a coworker who seems distressed. And you’ll learn how one county’s stay-at-work/return-to-work program is improving retention of employees experiencing mental health or substance use issues.
We invite to you join us as we hear from three creative, committed leaders whose outside-the-box thinking is changing their workplace and community cultures.
• Learn how three distinct, exemplary workplace initiatives have invested in emotional wellness and how this has led to benefits including enhanced corporate health and employee well-being.
• Learn about key practices, including negotiating with and selecting EAP vendors willing to address your corporate health priorities, offering a range of health and wellness tools to employees, and training supervisors and managers to recognize when emotional distress may be affecting an employee’s work and learn how to work with the employee to resolve the situation.
• Learn about “emotional ergonomics”—positive ways of recognizing and addressing the impact of stress in the workplace and teaching resilience, wellness, and relating to others.
• Employers and human resources professionals
• Employee assistance professionals
• Employment and job placement professionals
• Federal, State, and local agency employers, policymakers, and public officials
• People in recovery from mental health, substance use, and trauma-related challenges, including those who are currently employed and those interested in entering or reentering the workforce
• Leaders of community- and faith-based organizations
• Mental health and substance use treatment service providers
• Healthcare providers
Keywords: Webinar, Cultures of Caring, SAMHSA