Helping Your Team Thrive at Work (P259)

Improving Mental Health and Productivity in the Workplace

This course will be scheduled in the fall of 2021. We will add dates to the website as soon as they become available. For more information please contact Leila at

Today, stress-related ailments and other mental issues are the single biggest cause of absenteeism and workplace disability claims. One in six workers will experience depression, anxiety or problems relating to stress at any one time. This workshop will help you identify warning signs in yourself, your colleagues, and those who report to you. It will provide you with strategies for increasing awareness, creating a supportive culture, and identifying resources for your team’s mental health. It will also address the stigma often associated with mental health and how this is often part of the problem in itself.

Learn how to assess the various sources of stress you or your staff may be dealing with, and discover strategies for dealing with each one, including when third party help is advisable.

This is a one-day workshop in Ottawa.

Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Better understand important aspects of providing support, with the realization that a positive working environment leads to happy and engaged employees, which in turn helps to drive the organization forward
  • Understand mental health issues that are common to almost everyone, and how to identify signs in yourself and others
  • Provide greater understanding of causes and symptoms
  • Understand the importance of supportive culture in facilitating discussion if appropriate, and/or ensuring optimal awareness of, and support for, assistance options through employer-provided employee assistance programs if available, as well as other channels
  • Utilize and share strategies that recognize mental health is almost always multi-factorial and is interdependent with healthy relationships, as well as physical health, including sleep, exercise and nutrition.

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Workshop Topics

Why is everyone so stressed?

  • Understanding how rapid change in a modern world presents new challenges

Depression Causes and Treatments

  • Chemical, conditioning or both? Understanding Neurotransmitters
  • Coping strategies
  • Understanding and not judging and how to avoid feeling judged

Urgency Addiction (and other addictions)

  • Urgency adrenaline
  • How it can lead to burnout and “escape” activities
  • Differentiating “urgency” and “importance”
  • The power of “No”

Proactive vs. Reactive

  • Circle of Influence vs. Circle of Control
  • Focusing on influence vs. control

What’s important to YOU

  • Identifying YOUR personal happiness as a valid and critical “end in mind”
  • Nurturing self-esteem through clarifying core values

Physical Health (self and close ones)

  • Why mental health and physical health are synergistic

Circadian Rhythms/Sleep/Light

  • Optimizing sleep hygiene
  • Awareness of moods and how they are influenced

Nutrition and Gut

  • How nutrition affects our moods
  • How “worrying” may be the result and not the cause of digestive issues

Exercise and Movement

  • Interdependence of activity and mood – avoiding immobility
  • Safe, sustainable exercise options

Relationship Issues

  • Spouses, children, colleagues
  • Avoiding toxic relationships
  • Creating life/work balance

Stress Caused by Financial Burdens

  • Managing credit effectively
  • How basic financial planning creates greater peace of mind
  • Where to get reliable financial advice

Potential Future Options/Plans

  • Health and well-being action group
  • Employee well-being champions
  • Funding mental health training
  • Mentoring system for all staff
  • Flexible and agile working opportunities

Who Should Attend This Course?

This workshop will be of interest to:

• People leaders at all levels
• Upper and middle management showing buy-in at high levels
• Human Resources specialists
• Future leaders identified for management potential
• Employee assistance program teams
• Employees who serve as mentors for others
• Potential members/champions for future health and well-being groups

Does This Course Address Your Competency Development Needs?

This training workshop addresses:

• Adaptability / Flexibility
• Analytical Thinking
• Change Management and Leadership
• Communication
• Conflict Resolution
• Dealing with Difficult Situations
• Decision Making / Decisiveness
• Emotional Intelligence
• Engagement and Motivation
• Interpersonal Relations
• Leadership
• Management Excellence
• Problem Solving
• Self Confidence / Self-Esteem
• Strategic Thinking
• Values and Ethics
• Working with Others