How Mental Health Impacts Productivity and Performance

Mental health factors like stress, anxiety and depression contribute to disabilities, productivity losses and absences. Physical wellbeing and mental health are intertwined, therefore, both are necessary for recovery from injury and illness. In this session at the 2016 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, presenters discussed current research related to the topic and provided examples […]

Mind Your Business

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference Patricia Purdy from Pacific Resources and Kimberly George from Sedgwick talked about why mental health is important to the workforce today and into the future. According to a recent Gallop poll, employees are working more hours than ever before but 70% report they are disengaged from their employment. The […]

Programs to Address Mental Health in the Workplace

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed how organizations offering mental health solutions can improve the employee experience and engagement. The panel was: Scott Daniels – Director of Disability Benefits – Comcast Jack Stoddard – Chief Strategy Officer – Accolade, Inc. Hong Un – Chief Psychiatric Officer and Head of EAP – Aetna […]

Overcoming Mental Health Stigma

At the 2016 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed strategies to raise awareness of the stigma associated with mental health and how to address it. The panel was: Donna Hardaker – Director, Wellness Works – Mental Health America of California Heather Holladay – Integrated Health Manager – Pacific Gas & Electric Rich Paul – SVP […]

Building the Business Case for Mental Health

At the 2106 DMEC Annual Conference, a panel discussed strategies to build the business case needed to evolve mental health and well being and a culture of health in the workplace. The panel was: Debra Lerner – Director, Program on Health, Work and Productivity – Tufts Medical Center Harry Spencer – VP Compensation, Benefits & […]

Managing Behavioral Health in the Workplace

At the RIMS 2016 Annual Conference, Kimberly George, Senior Vice President of Sedgwick and Scott Daniels, Director of Disability for Comcast, discussed a proactive approach to managing mental and behavioral health in the workplace. The discussion focused on how Comcast deals with these issues. Comcast has a very diverse workforce owning a cable company, multiple […]

Why Mental Health Matters in Workers’ Compensation Systems

At the 2015 Paradigm Innovation Symposium, Renée-Louise Franche, PhD, RPsych, Clinical Psychologist and Consultant in Work Disability Prevention and Occupational Health, presented a session discussing why mental health issues are so important in workers’ compensation. Mental health issues in injured workers can no longer be ignored. These conditions are increasingly being recognized as potential risk […]

A Culturally-Sensitive Employer’s Perspective: Why Does This Matter?

At the 2015 Paradigm Innovation Symposium, Harry L. Spencer, Vice President, Compensation, Benefits & Corporate Social Responsibility at JetBlue Airways, presented a session about how mental health issues can impact employers. Mental health issues can directly and indirectly impact a business. A staggering percentage of the U.S. workforce has behavioral health and/or substance use disorders […]

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