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Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Summit 2013 – Documentation

Original price was: £89.00.Current price is: £59.00. ex VAT

Purchase the documentation provided to delegates (as a pdf), including presentation slides.   Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Summit 2013 is designed to offer HR, OH and health and wellbeing professionals the chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing wellness programmes, as well as giving you the tools needed to boost wellbeing and create a healthy culture in your own organisation. The conference will examine ways to build resilience, tackle stressful situations pro-actively and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems. As well as discussing the business case behind implementing wellbeing programmes and how to get Buy-in from senior management and how wellbeing strategies can prevent absenteeism.



You can purchase the conference documentation as provided to delegates, including the presentation slides (as a PDF), clicking the ‘Add to cart’ button above. [tab: Summary] “Stress is the biggest hindrance to productivity, efficiency and even profitability. It can lead to absenteeism, low morale and increases in staff turnover. The solution – workplace wellbeing. It is one of the few areas that you can invest in your organisation to yield a massive return. According to Dame Carol Black, every £1 spent on workplace wellbeing can yield between £3 and £6 in gained productivity and efficiency. There are limited options that will give you that kind of ROI.” Neil Shah, Director of the Stress Management Society Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Summit 2013 is designed to offer HR, OH and health and wellbeing professionals the chance to uncover both the strategic and practical elements of implementing wellness programmes, as well as giving you the tools needed to boost wellbeing and create a healthy culture in your own organisation. The conference will examine ways to build resilience, tackle stressful situations pro-actively and reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems. As well as discussing the business case behind implementing wellbeing programmes and how to get Buy-in from senior management and how wellbeing strategies can prevent absenteeism.

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The “Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Summit 2013″ conference documentation includes the following sessions:


Session 1

Introduction and opening address by conference chair

Neil Shah, Chief DeStressor The Stress Management Society

Session 2

Recruitment, selection and retention of resilient employees: Using the well-being lens to add value

  • Currently most, if not all, available selection procedures concentrate on predicting candidates’ job competencies.
  • This is important but can result in the recruitment of someone who is capable of performing – but on a day to day basis lacks the specific aspects of resilience required to withstand pressures that are part and parcel of the job.
  • This can lead to poor performance and other negative outcomes such as presenteeism, absenteeism or high turnover.
  • This presentation will consider how core HR decisions (e.g. selection and promotion) and processes (e.g. talent management) could be improved by systematically incorporating well-being factors in addition to competencies.

Professor Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson Cooper and Visiting Professor, Organisational Psychology Leeds University Business School

Session 3

Building emotional resilience in your workforce

  • Helping to battle burnout
  • Improving emotional wellbeing and resilience of your workforce
  • Raising stress awareness and embedding resilience
  • Supporting line managers

Michael Schofield, Occupational Health Strategy and Wellbeing Manager The AA

Session 4

Examining the results of the 2013 CIPD absence management survey

  • Looking at the trends and changes
  • Impact of the results
  • Tips to tackle the major problems highlighted

Howard Hughes, Head of Employer Marketing Simplyhealth

Session 5

Improving employee engagement, job satisfaction and performance through employee wellbeing

  • Creating a great place to work
  • Getting buy-in from employees
  • Raising awareness of company health benefits
  • Managing presenteeism

Karen Smith, Reward and Wellbeing Manager Financial Ombudsman

Session 6

Keeping long term wellbeing programmes fresh and alive

  • Providing positive messaging to maintain engagement
  • Offering a range of initiatives and allowing flexibility
  • Ensuring line managers are part of the solution through support and guidance
  • Breaking down barriers and engaging all diversity groups

Ian Mackenzie, Head of benefits and pensions BNP Paribas

Session 7

Raising standards in the prevention of ill health – a regulators perspective

  • Progress with health management in the GB rail industry
  • Demonstrating the link with legal compliance
  • Preventative approaches; what works

Dr Claire Dickinson, Occupational Health Programme Manager Office of Rail Regulation

Session 8

Developing stress management strategies that work and measuring the outcomes

  • Understanding your organisation
  • Preventions and interventions
  • Training line managers to be more proactive
  • Low cost strategies

Theresa Dent-Gater, Organisational Health Coordinator Croydon Council

Session 9

Supporting employees suffering from cancer

  • Improving wellbeing through work
  • Minimising the risk of stress through treatment
  • Training line managers and maintaining relationships

Beth Husted,Vocational Rehabilitation, Unum and Lesley Howells, Centre Head Maggie’s Dundee

Session 10

Supporting field workers to manage their own wellbeing, improve resilience and work sustainability

  • The importance of senior manager engagement and taking a top down approach
  • Improving physical and psychological health
  • Impact of improved work life balance on productivity
  • Ensuring the numbers add up; measuring the ROI

Helen Wray, Occupational Health Manager Mars Chocolate UK

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Awaiting portraitNeil Shah, Chief DeStressor, The Stress Management Society Neil Shah is a leading international expert on Stress Management and Wellbeing issues. A highly engaging and inspiring motivational speaker and facilitator and an award winning serial entrepreneur, Neil has travelled the world to deliver his programmes and solutions. He is the author of ‘NLP: A Practical Guide’ (Icon Books) and ‘The 10-Step Stress Solution’ (Random House). Neil is regularly featured in the media as a BBC expert on Stress, as well as in newspapers and magazines such as The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Men’s Health and Top Sante.
Professor Ivan Robertson, Director, Robertson Cooper and Visiting Professor, Organisational Psychology, Leeds University Business SchoolAwaiting portrait

Ivan’s main role is as Founding Director of Robertson Cooper Ltd – a leading provider of well-being services to organizations. He is also Visiting Professor of Organisational Psychology at Leeds University Business School and Emeritus Professor at the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Fellow of the British Academy of Management. He has published over 40 books on Work & Organizational Psychology and approaching 200 scholarly articles/conference papers. He has held visiting posts in the USA, Singapore and Australia. His latest book (co-authored with Professor Cary Cooper), “Well-Being: Happiness and Productivity at Work”, was published in the spring of 2011.

Michael Schofield, Occupational Health Strategy and Wellbeing Manager, The AAAwaiting portrait

Mike Schofield is a Specialist Practitioner in Occupational Health and currently holds national responsibilities in a Management position at the AA, the UK’s leading provider of motoring, home emergency and insurance products. His career in Occupational Health launched in 1988 when he was invited to develop a service for Local Government, namely the schools, colleges and youth centres of Sheffield City Council’s Education Department. Thereafter he worked in NHS Occupational Health before moving to Procter & Gamble’s European Diaper and Tissue-Towel manufacturing environment. Here he developed health surveillance, technical, process and health systems expertise and was selected to audit against P&G’s Global Health Standards in France, Germany and Italy. Mike contributes the strategic delivery of occupational health within the AA’s HR management systems and supports corporate and business-unit wellbeing initiatives to promote employee engagement.

Ian Mackenzie, Head of Pension & Benefits at BNP ParibasAwaiting portrait

Ian Mackenzie manages the Bank’s benefits for staff, including the health, wellbeing and occupational health services. He has led the implementation of a large number of health and wellbeing initiatives internally and introduced a health and wellbeing scorecard to identify trends and direct resources. These initiatives are now starting to deliver measurable improvements in the health of staff. He was previously a pension consultant at large consulting firms and initially joined BNP Paribas in 2005 to manage the staff pension schemes. As such he describes himself as an ‘enthusiastic amateur’ in the wellbeing arena.

Theresa Dent-Gater, Organisational Health Coordinator, Croydon Councilfemale-silhouette-150x150px

Theresa Dent-Gater is the Organisational Health Co-ordinator at Croydon Council, her background is in teaching health-related subjects to adults, mainly in the fitness industry. Theresa has been in post since January 2012 and has introduced a wide range of wellbeing initiatives for council employees. The Council signed the Time to Change pledge in January 2013. Theresa is a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor.

female-silhouette-150x150pxKaren Smith, Reward and Wellbeing Manager, Financial Ombudsman Service

The Financial Ombudsman Service is a values driven organisation which has experienced a considerable increase in growth in the last two years. During this growth it has continued to deliver outstanding services to its customers which Karen Smith, well-being manager at the ombudsman, believes comes from ensuring its own staff feel valued and nurtured in the work place. Karen has worked at the Financial Ombudsman Service for 8 years during which time her passion for enhancing employee engagement has facilitated the creation of a well-being team. Her responsibilities currently include creating the strategic plan for well-being, a vision which is now being delivered throughout the organisation with the support of the well-being team.

Howard Hughes, Head of Employer Marketing, SimplyhealthHoward Hughes

Howard has worked in the health insurance industry for over 27 years with 15 years in marketing. Howard has a BA (Hons) in History and Politics and MBA. As Head of Employer Marketing at Simplyhealth, Howard’s role involves helping companies understand the broad range of employee benefits and how they add value to the business. Howard is a family man. He has three children and a dog called Poppy. Howard also follows Newport Gwent Dragons and is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Helen Wray, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Mars Chocolate UKHelen Wray

Helen is the Health and Wellbeing Manager for Mars Chocolate UK and has 20 plus years experience in occupational health. Currently a business partner leading Mars’ award winning wellbeing strategy including the resilience programme as well as managing the full remit of an in house occupational health service. Helen is committed to the belief that Mars associates are at the heart of the business and drive performance. The strategy supports associates in managing their wellbeing and is a mutual benefit to Mars, associates and their families. Understanding wellbeing and the impact on engagement and performance is key in delivering key business objectives and the ability to compete in a competitive market both today and tomorrow.

Dr Claire Dickinson, Occupational Health Programme Manager, Office of Rail Regulationfemale-silhouette-150x150px

Dr Claire Dickinson is the Office of Rail Regulation’s Occupational Health Programme Manager. A human factors specialist by background, Claire has been a health and safety regulator for more than 25 years, the last 10 years covering the rail sector.

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Unum has been providing employee insurance benefits in the UK for 40 years, offering policies to employers of all sizes, including 37 of the FTSE100. In particular we specialise in Group Income Protection. This provides staff with a back-up plan if they’re unable to work due to long-term illness or injury, by paying a proportion of their salary until they either get better and return to work, or reach retirement. This specialisation in sickness absence means we have extensive expertise in the understanding and management of – and support for – a wide range of conditions that employees may face, from mental health and stress-related conditions, to musculoskeletal; from accidents and injuries, to cancer. We were the first insurer to develop an in-house Vocational Rehabilitation team, and this is a core part of the approach we take to managing and supporting those who are off work. Their occupational therapy, occupational health and vocational rehabilitation expertise extends beyond intervention when someone’s fallen sick, and into preventative training for HR and line management that integrates into the wellness programmes that many of our clients have, and looks to promote resilience alongside physical health. In 2012, we began a partnership with the charity Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres, to raise the issue of cancer in the workplace. Through a series of free workshops, held at Maggie’s centres around the country, we’re looking to promote HR and line management awareness and capabilities, for working with, supporting and managing people with cancer. This partnership won the Rehabilitation First Initiative of the Year Award in September 2013.
WorkGuru provides on-line, supported self-help, designed to help people build mental resilience, increase effectiveness and manage workplace stress. We combine the evidence-based approaches of work-focused CBT, positive psychology and Mindfulness; alongside expert support from our team of job coaches, work and clinical psychologists; and an innovative, engaging on-line experience. We are a young company. After extensive development and piloting of our approach we began trading earlier this year. We are getting a fabulous response from organisations who love our proactive, preventative approach. Noel O’Reilly editor of Occupational Health magazine describes us as “representing a significantly new approach to building resilience and managing workplace stress”. WorkGuru ( is a young, innovative company, passionate about workplace health, and committed to promoting the evidence-based approach to building resilience. We are thrilled to be sponsoring the Workplace Wellbeing & Stress Summit and look forward to contributing to the conversation on building resilience and tackling workplace stress.
Stress Management Society
Stresslogo The Stress Management Society is one of the UK’s leading authorities on workplace stress and works with a broad range of companies – from advising British Airways on how to reduce passenger stress ( to working with executives from organisations as diverse as Shell, Allianz Insurance, Islington Council, Procter and Gamble and The Football Association
  • Highest quality Stress Management Training for your workforce – can be delivered on site
  • Team of consultants delivering cutting edge stress reduction and wellbeing solutions
  • Bespoke workshops and training sessions designed to improve results for your business
  • Line Managers Training endorsed by the Institute of Leadership & Management
  • Business Stress Risk Review to understand the cultural and commercial impact of stress to your organisation

Our services not only help companies with stress management, they also help companies attain other benefits:

  • Reducing sick leave by up to 20%
  • Stabilising staff turnover
  • Enhancing companies’ reputation as an employer of choice

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Workplace healthcare & wellbeing has certainly moved forward in the last ten years, quite possibly the word ‘wellbeing’ would not have even been used, but is now regularly applied in the corporate world when referring to the physical & mental state of your workforce. Keeping your staff healthy typically involved occupational health, physio and compliance with health & safety, perhaps with some health perks within your employee benefit packages. These remain important elements, however… There is a bigger picture. Increasingly companies are realizing that the ongoing wellbeing of their people is paramount. Historically treatment has been reactive, this has now been allied with a proactive approach, the philosophy ‘prevention is better than cure’ has been adopted by organisations that want to keep their people fit, active and productive.

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