8 Tips for Leaders on How to deal with Mental Health in the Workplace

Christine Burych

September 14th 10:50am-12:30pm  Sky Room

Abstract:

New findings, new trends and new opportunities are shaping the leadership and business agenda for mental health in the workplace. These trends are gaining further traction as their impact on the workplace steadily increases. In 2013 the cost of mental health to the Canadian economy was estimated at $51 billion with 500,000 Canadians absent from work on any given week due to mental health issues, including stress and mental health disorders.

As an employer, what can you do to create an environment of success and support for your employees to minimize the stigma and long-term absenteeism that often result?

Objectives:

* increase your awareness of the impact that stigma has on leadership behaviours

* learn best practices on how to support and manage mental health issues in the workplace

* learn strategies on how to have a supportive and productive conversation when someone is struggling

Bio:

Christine Burych is a top tier leadership consultant and executive coach who enables leaders to create collaborative, productive and mentally healthy workplaces that everyone wants be part of. She has helped more than 8,000 senior leaders in 50 big name companies get past their blind spots, improve mental resilience and grow their leadership presence in the best possible ways.

Christine worked the rapidly expanding Porter Airlines to develop their employee commitment statement and roll out corporate social responsibility initiatives, multi-year leadership programs and crucially, an employee innovation strategy that gets ideas from the ground to executives. She helped Canada Post to shift their culture to a focus on psychological health and safety. She has also moved the needle for Jam3, PepsiCo, Bell Canada, Staples, Johnson & Johnson, Cochlear, Richardson and Gameloft.

The exceptional, impossible-to-miss results she consistently delivers are rooted in her diverse, twenty-five-year background. Christine started her working life as a front-line community mental health worker, advancing to Acting Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at Canada’s largest teaching and research mental health facility. She has held senior positions in HR and OD, facilitated, taught, coached and led clients and families, community members, volunteers, employees and executives across various public and private sectors.

As a commitment to her leadership passion, Christine runs the Millennial Crusade, a pro-bono, year-long program to address the leadership gap for Gen Ys moving up faster than any other generation in the workplace. This grassroots movement supports over 200 members, including rising all-stars at North America’s largest companies.

Christine holds a master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and a BA in Psychology from York University. She is a Certified Professional Coach from the College of Executive Coaches in the US, is a certified mBIT coach (multiple brain integration techniques) and has completed certifications in various assessment tools.