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Workplace Wellbeing Conference 2021

Virtual Workplace Wellbeing Conference 2021 agenda

The Workplace Wellbeing Conference takes place online from 1 – 3 June (all sessions are not available on-demand to ticket holders). It features in-depth content for anyone involved in leading wellbeing initiatives within their organisation, and will also guide anyone looking to support their own wellbeing or the wellbeing of the people they work.

Workplace Wellbeing Conference LogoThe conference will bring together 40 expert speakers from a wide range of backgrounds. Their mix of professional achievements, lived experience and inspirational stories will help you deliver effective wellbeing initiatives and will help you support colleagues, and perhaps yourself. You can expect some healthy debate on the subject, too, as our virtual event platform will enable a truly interactive experience for delegates and speakers alike.

Virtual Workplace Wellbeing Conference agenda

Day 1 | On-demand

Our biggest mental health challenges as a nation

Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer CEO, Mind

A keynote address from Paul Farmer, CEO of Mind, reflecting on the nation’s mental health and the biggest challenges that currently face us. In the talk Paul Farmer will also outline the charity’s current goals and initiatives.

Considerations for workplace wellbeing processes and IOSH research results

Tim Eldridge, Vice President, IOSH and Global Head of Health and Safety, HSBC, examines the issues the impact on our wellbeing and what organisations can do to ensure a happy, healthy workforce. He will look at research into this area, highlight the findings of a white paper and discuss the impact that COVID-19 has had on this.

ISO 45003

An introduction to the first global standard giving practical guidance on managing psychological health at work.

Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety and Wellbeing, BSI, will share best practice in prioritizing people and developing your health, safety, wellbeing, and diversity strategies in the context of ISO 45003.

ISO 45003

Overview of the first global standard giving practical guidance on managing psychological health in the workplace.

Peter Kelly, Senior Psychologist, HSE

Being psychologically safe-what does ISO 45003 really mean for organisations?

Jonathan Gawthrop, Executive Director, Wellbeing, Sustainability & Assurance, EMCOR Group Ltd

Invisible disabilities in the workplace

Nichola Ebbern, Head of Health and Safety at Shepherds Bush Housing Group, shares her personal experience of living with an invisible disability and some advice for how employers can support.

Change the world, one day at a time – All you need to know about NEBOSH’s wellbeing qualification

Tired of the confusion and muddle in the wellbeing space? NEBOSH wanted to sort that out and give a new perspective with the launch of a one-day qualification called Working with Wellbeing earlier this year. In this session NEBOSH’s Chief Operating Officer, Dee Arp, talks about the story behind the qualification – why it was developed, what it offers and how, with just one day of training, employers can start to make a positive difference to their teams.

Using the ‘Being Well Together’ programme as a framework for bringing all aspects of workplace wellbeing together

An overview of the Being Well Together programme, which brings all the disparate aspects of workplace wellbeing under one umbrella, helping people to move their workforce from one which is sporadically unwell and underperforming to one which is thriving, creating businesses that can thrive in turn.

Jigna Patel, Managing Director, British Safety Council

Adapting health & safety frameworks for wellbeing and invisible risks

David Roffey CMIOSH, Health & Safety Manager, Kent Police

How leaders and managers can manage workplace psychological health during the pandemic

This session will outline the critical role that leaders and managers play in managing the psychological health of staff, and the challenges that the pandemic has presented.

Phoebe Smith, Principal Human Factors Specialist, HSE

Panel: A view from those with wellbeing responsibility in their organisation

– How has the pandemic changed your approach to wellbeing? – What kind of initiatives did you take on during lockdown – were you more prescriptive or flexible?

– Do you work closely with other stakeholders and if so, how do you divide the responsibilities up?

– What do your key priorities look like moving forward?

Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company

Charles Alberts, Head of Wellbeing Solutions, UK, Aon

Margo Mosley Director, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

John Pares, Head of EHS Field Organisation, Givaudan

Nick Wright, Group Health, Safety & Wellbeing Manager, Vodafone

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Day 2 | On-demand

An Olympic gold medallist’s personal take on wellbeing

Amy Williams

Amy Williams

At her debut Winter Olympics in 2010 Amy won Team GB’s only gold medal of the Games in skeleton. She became Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years and the first female individual gold medallist for 58 years. In this live, interactive talk Amy will share her take on wellbeing.

As an Olympic athlete Amy worked on a 4-year cycle, but she made sure she had weekly, monthly, and yearly targets. She suffered many setbacks, but always overcame them. She did this through evaluation, which she believes is key no matter what your line of work. Amy says “If COVID has taught us anything it’s that we should concentrate on wellness. We should be taking care of ourselves mentally and physically, nourishing our bodies with wholesome food, having a good work/life balance.”

Amy Williams, former Team GB skeleton racer and Olympic gold medallist

Surviving the war against yourself

Tom Dunning, otherwise known by his alias the ‘Mental Health Runner’, is a mental health advocate who will share various personal stories from attempted suicide to recovery.

At his worst, he often attended A&E twice a night because he couldn’t take anymore. He was diagnosed with PTSD, borderline personality disorder/emotionally unstable personality disorder and social anxiety disorder. With the help of his wife Amber, Tom discovered a love of running which had huge benefits for his mental health. He now has various initiatives to break down mental health stigma and support others with mental health issues.

Tom is a popular keynote speaker and has won various awards for his work, including the SHP Trailblazer in Positive Social Impact Award 2020.

Tom Dunning, Mechanical Engineer, British Sugar and TED speaker

Transforming mental health support within the police force

Phil Spencer

Phil Spencer, Inspector and Blue Light & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Cleveland Police

Phil has been described as a ‘force of nature’ in the police, driving forward the workplace wellbeing agenda and changing the way mental health is thought about. He’s transformed how Cleveland Police supports staff and won SHP’s 2020 award for Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing because of it. In this talk he will share the engaging yet simple ways he’s done it.

Phil Spencer, Inspector and Blue Light & Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Cleveland Police, Winner of the SHP Trailblazer in Workplace Wellbeing award 2020.

Workplace Mental Health: The public sector view

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit the cost of poor mental health among public sector staff was between £9.0bn – £9.5bn per annum, with the average cost per employee higher than the private sector. When it comes to tackling the causes of work-related mental health problems, and providing the right support for the workforce, the public sector is still some way behind. In this presentation, Faye will explore why this is the case and what public sector employers should consider to prioritise employee mental health and wellbeing. The presentation will also explore how to provide support to employees who do not work in traditional desk-based roles.

Faye McGuiness, Director of Programmes, Education Support

Interactive workshop: Wellbeing conversations for managers

This workshop is designed to give managers confidence in having a conversation with someone struggling with their wellbeing, in the knowledge of their legal duties also, using an ABCD mnemonic: A – Awareness, B – Be present, C – Co-create a plan, D – Duties as a manager. It will also focus on safeguarding your own mental health and resilience.

Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company

Work-related stress: Who ate all the fruit? Has work-related stress disappeared?

No of course it hasn’t! While everyone’s attention has been quite naturally focused on the pandemic and keeping workplaces ‘COVID-secure,’ if you look at social media you would be forgiven for thinking that work-related stress has gone away. So let’s get back to basics, set that reset button and, get you thinking about how you meet your legal duty to protect your employees from stress using the Management Standards approach, and without an apple or banana in sight.

Jennifer Webster, Occupational Psychologist, HSE

Burnout – an interview based on recent personal experience

Two months into a new job, the pandemic hit and Vicki’s life took a turn for the worst. Locked down alone, far from her support network of friends & family. Around the same time, she lost a close friend to COVID and two ex-colleagues who died by suicide. Vicki continued to work at full capacity, but it became too much.

Despite usually dealing well with stress, Vicki started to experience psychosis symptoms, hallucinations, panic attacks, suicidal dreams, among other mental & physical reactions. She sought medical advice and has been signed off work to give her time to recover.

Now she will share her experience and outline the outstanding support she’s had from colleagues, highlighting what workplaces can do to best support anyone in a similar position.

Vicki Simmonds, Director, Health & Safety – Europe, CHEP

Heather Beach, Founder, Healthy Work Company

The business case for wellbeing

Stephen Haynes, Head of Program, Mates in Mind, will be exploring what our own business can show us to help us build our business case for a robust wellbeing programme. He will be encouraging the audience to think about what their existing data can tell them, how to identify the gaps, how holistic a picture do they have at the moment and ultimately – how informed an approach can you take?

Build your own resilience toolkit – practical tools for breaking free from the burnout cycle – 60-minute interactive workshop

After releasing herself from a 20-year burnout cycle, Ann is transforming burned out professionals into resilient and compassionate leaders by teaching them to build their own resilience toolkits.

As a ‘Creative Changemaker’, her mission is to smash the stigma about talking about mental health and she runs workshops and coaching programmes for professionals who are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious. In this live, interactive session she will outline common patterns she sees with those who are trapped in the burnout cycle and will share some simple tools that wellbeing leaders can adopt to support themselves and others to break free from it.

Ann Diment, Director, Work Safe and Well

Day 3 | On-demand

The changing business case for wellbeing: How the future of work and the societal landscape will change employees’ expectations

  • Understanding how the societal & political landscape is changing the driver for workplace wellbeing, taking it from being a business case based on productivity, to one driven by emotion
  • The impact of change management for wellbeing leaders and creating a culture of embraced change
  • How to adapt your wellbeing initiatives amid increased levels of autonomy within the remote office model
  • Monitoring and managing the wellbeing of remote employees
  • Employee communications & trust – how to engage your workforce and make them feel heard

Sarwat Tasneem, Founder, 14 Consulting

Surviving depression and what colleagues can do to support

Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

One of the UK’s foremost mental health campaigners, Alastair Campbell is an ambassador for several mental health charities including Mind, the official charity partner of Workplace Wellbeing Show. In this open talk, Alastair will share his personal story about his struggles with depression. He will also address wellbeing in the workplace, giving his thoughts on how leaders and colleagues can best support others going through similar experiences to his.

Alastair Campbell, Mental Health Campaigner and former Government Press Secretary and Director of Communications and Strategy

Charlotte Geoghegan, Event Manager, Workplace Wellbeing Show and Safety & Health Expo

Getting your message heard and increasing your visibility

In this talk Karen McDonnell, Policy Advisor, RoSPA, will outline steps to take to make sure your wellbeing message reaches your audience for maximum impact. She will talk about using difference channels and tailoring your message for different groups of people. She will give you ideas for creating a communications toolkit. And she will also discuss approaches for evaluating the impact of your message to make you work more visible.

Why now is the time to focus on financial wellbeing

With the link between poor financial health and mental wellbeing, and the impact of the pandemic on people’s finances, tackling financial wellbeing is now imperative to assure overall employee wellbeing.

But what is financial wellbeing; how can it be measured, and how can organisations coordinate the financial benefits they already have into a strategy that supports all employees, and overall employee wellbeing?

Using insight from two recent industry papers, together with experience in providing financial wellbeing programmes for over 50 years, this session will look at:

  • How financial wellbeing and mental health are intrinsically linked
  • The effect the pandemic has had on financial health
  • Why now is the perfect time to tackle financial wellbeing
  • How to develop, or improve your financial wellbeing strategy

Jeanette Makings, Head of Financial Education, Close Brothers

Tackling fatigue in staff. Pitfalls and helpful hints

Insufficient and poor-quality sleep is widespread across society and leads to fatigue, poor performance and safety risks. No organisation is unaffected. In this presentation we will:

  • Explore the incidence of poor sleep, sleep disorders and recent trends
  • Review ways organisations tackle fatigue
  • Explore some of the pitfalls in common approaches to managing fatigue
  • Suggest alternative strategies that better address fatigue as a common problem for organisations.

Marcus de Guingand, Managing Director, Third Pillar of Health Ltd.

The cost of conflict and impact on mental wellbeing

Emma Slaven, Mental Health & Wellbeing Senior Business Partner, ACAS.

Panel: Women’s health & menopause

  • Wendy Rose, Head of Strategic Relationships at Bupa Health Clinics
  • Navene Ali, Co-founder and Co-chair of 4Women at Channel 4
  • Claire McCartney, Senior Policy Adviser, Resourcing and Inclusion at CIPD
  • Dr Arun Thiyagarajan, interim Managing Director at Bupa Health Clinics

Practical examples of how to deal with mental health in the workplace

How are you supporting your employees’ mental health? 1 in 4 people are suffering from a mental health condition in the UK and with better mental health support in the workplace can save UK businesses up to £8 billion per year. Teresa will be covering why employee wellbeing is important with support from some key statistics. There will also be lots of useful, practical ideas on how to start a conversation with your employees, some wellness programme suggestions plus some practical tips on how to manage mental health in the workplace to create a positive culture.

Teresa Higgins, Brand Director, Barbour EHS

An astronaut’s approach to wellbeing in space and back on earth

Major Tim Peake CMG

Major Tim Peake CMG

An inspirational keynote presentation followed by Q&A interview, in which Major Tim Peake, CMG will share his experience of:

  • Mentally preparing for a trip to space
  • Preparing for stressful situations and managing stress
  • Looking after your mental & physical wellbeing in space, in a confined working environment with little interaction with others
  • Risk management and safety in space
  • The transition from life in space to life back on earth and impact on wellbeing.

Interdisciplinary wellbeing: What we can use from the fields of music, gastronomy, golf, the military and more to innovate our wellbeing initiatives

Bringing in ideas from various fields is a potential source of essential innovation within Wellbeing. To achieve greater personal and organisational Wellbeing, insights from other disciplines may create greater novelty in the potential solutions, for two reasons: a) People from other fields may draw from different pools of knowledge, and b) they are not mentally tied to existing, “recognised” solutions to the problem at hand. The larger the distance between the problem and the discipline, the larger the novelty of the solutions. It is with this principal that clinician and trained chef Dr Rodriguez-Fernandez uses insights from music, gastronomy, golf, the military, and ballet to design and implement Wellbeing programs for large organisations around the world.

Dr Rodrigo Rodriguez-Fernandez, Medical Director Wellbeing, International SOS

Wellbeing at work: past, present, and future challenges.

Ed will provide an outline of some of the key challenges relating to improving wellbeing at work. He will then discuss some of the opportunities for improvement, giving some details on what organisations should be prioritising to demonstrate serious commitment, and how to achieve real improvement.

Ed Corbett MSc. C.Psychol., Head of Human Factors and Organisational Performance, Health & Safety Executive

Click here to find out more and to purchase a ticket Workplace Wellbeing Conference.

Tickets to the conference are £120 + VAT, with 20% of the ticket price donated to conference charity partner, Mind.

Click here to find out more and to purchase a ticket Workplace Wellbeing Conference.

The Workplace Wellbeing Conference is part of Safety & Health Expo and Workplace Wellbeing Show Connect 2021, your first major opportunity to come together with the rest of the occupational health, safety & wellbeing community online from 1-30 June. The month-long, online event will make it easy for you to find health and safety products & services, connect with suppliers and access thought-leadership content from your own home or workplace. Connect 2021 is free to attend.

Click here to find out more and to sign up to Connect 2021.

Get access to five free health and wellbeing webinars live and on-demand: Safety & Health Expo Connect 2021

Design your own schedule of meetings and thought-leadership content at Safety & Health Expo Connect 2021 (sponsored by Dräger & Abbott) 1-30 June. Thought-leadership webinars will cover the benefits of clean air in indoor working environments, the role of gamification in EHS reporting, creating a culture of compliance, and much more. Plus, connect with 300+ suppliers before the end of the month!

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