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Health Work and Wellness Conference in Canada

What People Said About Conference 2013


Wonderful organization, great speakers, outstanding content. As one who has organized my fair share of conferences, this was very well done.
Janice MacInnis, Coordinator, Organizational Health, Dalhousie University
This conference is a must for all employers and anyone else who wishes to improve workplace wellness for everyone.
Sharon Chernow
I will use the experiences and knowledge to be a better leader in my workplace.
Conference 2013 Delegate
For two years in a row this has been one of the best conferences that I have ever attended.
Conference 2013 Delegate
The conference has created a community that has enables us to advance workplace health in a way not possible otherwise.
- Allan Smofsky
A unique, inspirational and educational experience with a group committed to wellness.
This is a fantastic conference. I always walk away from it feeling inspired and refreshed!
I think every professional practicing Workplace Health & Wellness should attend.
The Better Workplace Conference was one of my best professional development investments this year.
Some of the content was heavy (i.e. suicide) but necessary to bring home the importance of the various concepts.
It was a GREAT experience I won’t soon forget!
I really love this conference; I was pleased to see so many new attendees.
   

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Creating Time & Space for Thinking

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Think about the last person you hired. What did you hire them for? As Lynda Curtin, our opening keynoter for Conference 2010 says, “the only reason people have jobs today is because of their ability to think.” Chances are, that’s why you hired your last employee.

Now, take a moment to think about the environment they are working in. Is it the kind of environment that effectively uses that ability to think? One of the biggest complaints we hear from employees today is “I don’t have time to think anymore!”

With thinking performance being a key driver of organizational health and productivity, this is a big problem! How do we create the kind of healthy environment that gives people the time and space to do their best thinking, and hence, tap into our organization’s best thinking?

Here are a few suggestions….I’d love to hear some of yours!

  • Encourage (and model) breaks at work – wellness (a.k.a. coffee) breaks, and eating lunch somewhere other than at your desk. Encouraging the act of taking a break will go a long way in increasing creative thinking and productivity.
  • Take steps to reduce email clutter, which can save your employees an hour or more a day. Setting corporate guidelines about email use has helped many organizations “take back the hour”. (For more ideas see “Managing Your E-Mail: Thinking Outside the Inbox by Christina Cavanagh.)
  • Create a learning organization culture – at the Health Work & Wellness™ Group, we’ve been working on this for years – learning from all of our experiences – good and bad — and applying those learnings to how we do business.
  • Creating time and space for brainstorming, innovation and creativity – this might mean making some big changes to how your meetings are run. I’m so looking forward to Lynda Curtin’s post-conference workshop this year on leading “high-performance thinking during meetings!”

O.K. – these are just a few ideas that came to mind. What ideas can you share with us? How do you create time and space for thinking in your organization?

deborahconnors

Posted by: deborahconnors on May 24th, 2010


What People Say

“Great conference organization, great information, idea generation and networking. Thank you! “ — Holly Kennedy-Symonds, Burnaby, BC