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Organisers

Katie Van Der Schyff
Phone
+27 (83) 781 0588
Email
katie@knowres.co.za
Category

Next Event

Date

29 - 30 Sep 2021

Time

All Day

Fee

R4,500

Mental health and wellness in the workplace Conference

While there are many factors that can affect workplace mental health, the current pandemic has highlighted several areas of concern for employers.

Firstly, the home working vs. office debate is ongoing, leaving many people unsure about how their working day will actually look whilst others are uncertain if they will even have a job. And, while flexible home working has been a positive for many, for others it’s brought the blurring of the work/life balance, feelings of being emotionally-separated from work and of not being supported or motivated by colleagues or managers.

And the impact of this, is starting to show…

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, some 42% of employees globally have reported a decline in mental health.  While a recent study revealed symptoms of burnout are increasing among employees and leaders alike.

And even more worrying: The World Health Organization found poor mental health can manifest itself in workplace as increased absenteeism and presenteeism, as well as the loss of productivity. They estimate depression, anxiety disorders, and other conditions cost the global economy $1 trillion per year in lost productivity!

It’s with this mind that we’ve developed a two-day Mental health and wellness in the workplace Conference, which will take place online on 29 and 30 September 2021.

Employee wellbeing can no longer be a ‘nice to have’ or ‘tick-box’ exercise. Now, more than ever, it’s essential for organisations to invest more in mental health support programmes for employees. Mental health does not exist in isolation though and it requires a holistic approach to ensure overall employee wellbeing.

The Employee and Corporate Health and Wellness Online Conference will empower and educate managers, HR practitioners and employers across the spectrum with the insights, evidence and practical tools to better manage mental health in the workplace.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

The Employee and Corporate Health and Wellness Online Conference represents a critical platform for all South African organisations to explore their duty of care to their employees. As such it will be appropriate for a wide range of HR practitioners, line managers, organisational and clinical psychologist as well as group wellness specialists and professionals within the corporate health and wellness arena will attend. Presentations will be appropriate for organisations across all sectors.


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
 

  • Learn more about why it is imperative to focus on adaption, transition and disruption to thrive and why we need to focus on mental health amongst other things to cope with our current realities but also to prepare for the future world of work
  • Discover how to manage and deal with trauma and fatigue in the workplace
  • Find out when to outsource wellness programs, and what are the criteria for deciding on a service provider
  • Learn more about “Languishing: A new label for COVID Mental Health”
  • Discover how LexisNexis is promoting employee wellness
  • Learn how to deal with Long Covid in the workplace
  • Explore how to flourish in a crisis: Insights from the neurosciences
  • Find out how to build resilience in an integrated manner that ensures sustainable performance AND health
  • Lessons on how to manage sexual harassment in the workplace

REGISTRATION FEES (excl. VAT)

KR Community Member:  R3 600.00 (20% discount)
Non Member:  Normal fee R4 500.00

 

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT

 

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Hourly Schedule

Day 1 - 29 September 2021

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome and intro
09:15 - 10:00
Mental health in the workplace: Our covid and post-covid context
Zanele Njapha, TomorrowToday Global scenario planners and future of work experts (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR)
Speakers:
Zanele Njapha
10:00 - 10:40
How to manage and deal with trauma and fatigue in the workplace
Navlika Ratangee, Managing Director, ICAS SA (Editor of Mental Health in the Workplace (soon to be published by KR)
Speakers:
Navlika Ratangee
10:40 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:40
The impact of digital distraction on wellbeing
Dr Ashika Pillay, Integral Medical Doctor, Leadership Coach, Mindfulness Teacher (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR)
Speakers:
Dr Ashika Pillay
11:40 - 12:20
The impact of nutrition on mental health
12:20 - 13:00
PANEL DISCUSSION: When to outsource wellness programs, and what are the criteria for deciding on a service provider
Radhi Vandayar, Owner: ThruVision Consulting, President Elect EAPA SA, MBA Student Mentor, Henley Business School (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR) AND Ina van der Watt, Managing Director, Universal Corporate Wellness
Speakers:
Ina van der Watt, Radhi Vandayar
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 14:40
Languishing: A new label for COVID Mental Health
14:40 - 15:20
How LexisNexis is promoting employee wellness
Gcobisa Ntshona - Human Resource Director, LexisNexis
Speakers:
Gcobisa Ntshona
15:20 - 15:30
Afternoon tea break
15:30 - 16:15
The role of HR in ensuring employee wellness for sustained productivity: The Spar Group story
Thuli Tabudi (PhD), Group Human Resources Executive, THE SPAR GROUP LTD | SOUTH AFRICA
Speakers:
Thuli Tabudi
16:15 -
Wrap up of day 1

Day 2 – 30 September 2021

09:00 - 09:15
Welcome back and intro
09:15 - 10:00
Dealing with Long Covid in the workplace
Myrna Sachs, Head: Health Management Solutions, Alexander Forbes
Speakers:
Myrna Sachs
10:00 - 10:40
Flourishing in a crisis: Insights from the neurosciences
Dr Ingra du Buisson Narsai, Director, NeuroCapital, Best-selling author of Fight, Flight or Flourish (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR
Speakers:
Dr Ingra du Buisson
10:40 - 11:00
Morning break
11:00 - 11:40
Building resilience in an integrated manner that ensures sustainable performance AND health
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall, Founder and Director, SynEnergy
Speakers:
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall
11:40 - 12:20
Mental illness and the law
12:20 - 13:00
PANEL DISCUSSION - Living well with a mental health condition
Ingra du Buisson Narsai, Director, Neurocapital, Best-selling author of Fight, Flight or Flourish (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR)
Speakers:
Dr Ingra du Buisson
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch
14:00 - 14:40
Violence in the workplace: How to manage sexual harassment in the workplace (Newly-developed toolkit to assist HR practitioners in handling the difficult issue of sexual harassment in the workplace)
Dr Penny Abbott, Independent HR Practitioner, Researcher and Consultant
Speakers:
Dr Penny Abbott
14:40 - 15:20
A message of hope: Making mental health matter
Cassey Chambers, Operations Director, SADAG
Speakers:
Cassey Chambers
15:20 - 15:30
Wrap up and close of conference
Zanele Njapha
Zanele Njapha
The UnLearning Lady, TomorrowToday Global scenario planners and future of work expert (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR)
In the face of disruptive change, Zanele assists organizations to become future fit: adaptable, resilient, innovative, proactive and confident through helping them crack the unlearning code. She does this by facilitating the understanding that learning, unlearning and relearning must be the crux and heart of an organisation’s DNA if they are serious about being future-fit.
Navlika Ratangee
Navlika Ratangee
Managing Director, ICAS
Navlika Ratangee is a qualified clinical psychologist and is also a GIBS MBA graduate. She is currently the Clinical Operations Director at ICAS SA, a behavioural risk and employee health and wellness company. She has diverse experience in human capital management, behavioural risk, change management, managerial consulting, global management consulting leadership, organisational resilience and organisational strategy. She also has an abundance of experience in dealing with mental health in the workplace and has consulted to many South African corporates in this regard. She is the editor of a newly to be published book.
Dr Ashika Pillay
Dr Ashika Pillay
Integral Medical Doctor, Leadership Coach, Mindfulness Teacher
Ashika is an integrative medical doctor using a holistic approach to wellbeing and optimal performance. Ashika is passionate about preventing and managing chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension better. She is an independent and associate coach - leadership and executive coaching. She has worked with various corporate and private clients - including The Competition Commission, Nampak, Nelson Mandela University, Duke Corporate Education, Roche Diagnostics, Arcellor- Mittal, The JSE, HSBC, Altron, University of Johannesburg, FitBit, Fleishman-Hillard, Mondelez, Youth Employment Services among others. As a faculty member of the TCC she designs and deliver the Health Module for coaching students and she is also a mentor to student coaches since 2016. Ashika facilitates wellbeing and mindfulness programmes for corporates. Ashika is a writer and blogger and has a personal blog and she is a guest writer on Lionesses for Africa, a women entrepreneurship platform.
Ina van der Watt
Ina van der Watt
Managing Director, Universal Corporate Wellness
Ina has more than 17 years corporate health and wellness experience with specific emphasise on the development and implementation of new services. Her wellness experience is well complimented by her Human Resources management and operations experience that spans over more than 2 decades. Ina provides solutions at strategic level with the aim to improve productivity and quality of life. Ina is also a Certified Facilitator with Achieve Global.
Radhi Vandayar
Radhi Vandayar
ThruVision Consulting, President Elect EAPA SA, MBA Student Mentor, Henley Business School (Contributor: Mental Health in the Workplace, soon to be published by KR)
Experienced people engagement specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Coaching, Executive Coaching, Team Building, Facilitation, and Employee Assistance Programs (EAP). Strong business development professional with an MBA focused in Client Services from Henley Management College. She is also passionate about learning and is an Academic Tutor of MBA students at Henley Business School.
Gcobisa Ntshona
Gcobisa Ntshona
Human Resource Director, LexisNexis
Gcobisa Ntshona is a dynamic Human Resources Professional with experience in enabling business delivery in both the Petrochemical and Banking sectors. A proven track-record of delivering business results through focusing on value creation and unlocking opportunities to enable business delivery. She has experience in developing Human Resources strategy that is aligned to business drivers and leading teams within a matrixed organisation to successfully execute. Gcobisa Ntshona is a customer centric leader who is a visionary by nature and has ability to engage and leverage leadership style to inspire teams from diverse backgrounds for optimal performance. She is skilled in managing a wide range of stakeholders and communicating messaging effectively both upward and down which leads to cross pollination of ideas and opens opportunities for wider collaboration. She is a passionate, engaging leader who has the ability to balance both long term strategic and short-term tactical people management aspects. She has worked with different business executives across various sectors in South Africa and abroad and always ensures that the Human Capital aspects drive overall impact on P&L.
Thuli Tabudi
Thuli Tabudi
Group Human Resources Executive, The Spar Group Ltd | South Africa
Thuli is the Group HR Executive for Spar Group. She has been in the retail industry for more than 26 years and has worked for various large companies like Mnet, Pick N Pay and Edgars before joining Spar in 1999. Thuli has a PhD from the University of Johannesburg. She is passionate about mentoring and coaching and is privileged to be involved in programmes aimed at investing in local communities through various social initiatives.
Myrna Sachs
Myrna Sachs
Head: Health Management Solutions, Alexander Forbes
Myrna studied Occupational Therapy at the University of the Witwatersrand (1989 to 1992). After graduating Myrna worked at Hillbrow Hospital for three years, in the Vocational Rehabilitation Unit. While working there, she designed and implemented a work hardening programme for re-integration into the workplace. In 1995 Myrna joined Alexander Forbes. Over the past 26 years, she has played a pivotal role in expanding the services offered by Health Management Solutions. Myrna has vast experience in health risk management, including employee health and wellness. She has trained many companies on the Code of Good Practice – Key aspects of Disability, and section 8 of the Labour Relations Act. Myrna has also provided training to guide companies on how to implement health risk management programmes and regularly runs workshops on absenteeism and incapacity management in the workplace.
Dr Ingra du Buisson
Dr Ingra du Buisson
Narsai, Director, NeuroCapital
Ingra is a Registered Organisational Psychologist in private practice. She is the co-founder and Director of NeuroCapital Consulting. which consults to some of South Africa’s leading and most admired companies. Ingra has 16 years of executive level experience in corporate South Africa, including as Group HR Director for Famous Brands Limited, Human Resources Executive (Aegis Insurance/RMBH Group), and HR Director (Usko/Bytes Technology). Academically, she holds a MComm (Organisational Psychology) degree, a BComm Hons (Strategic Management) degree, and a MSc degree in Neuroscience-based Leadership. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D., focusing on the behavioural markers of neuroscience-based leadership. Ingra is a founding member of the International Neuro Practitioners Guild, and a frequent best practice “Sharer” at conferences, business schools and in the media. Her unique contribution is being a catalyst for change, using integrative organisational neuroscience. She is the author of KR publishing best-selling book, Fight, Flight or Flourish.
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall
Founder, Synenergy
Dr Mark Orpen-Lyall is the Founder of Synenergy Consulting, which he started in 2016. Prior to opening the consultancy Mark was the head of OD for Allan Gray. Mark has a professional career within HR and OD spanning 20 years having worked at companies like Harrods, Old Mutual and Unilever. Mark is a registered Industrial and Organisational Psychologist with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA). He was awarded a Ph.D. for his research focusing on developing individual’s resilience capabilities.
Dr Penny Abbott
Dr Penny Abbott
Independent HR Practitioner, Researcher and Consultant
Penny researches and writes in the Human Resources Management field, and serves in a voluntary capacity as the Research and Policy Adviser at the SA Board for People Practices since retiring as Head of the HR Research Initiative at the SABPP in 2016. Penny joined the SABPP in 2012 after a long career in HR management including 16 years in various industries at executive level in South Africa and globally, and after spending 4 years doing her Masters and then Doctorate at UJ. She also practised as a partner in the talent management consultancy MDQ Associates, taught a Master’s degree module at UJ and co-supervised at PhD level. One of her main areas of interest over the last three years has been helping HR practitioners deal with handling the difficult issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. She coordinated a multi-disciplinary team which put together the Sexual Harassment Toolkit for HR practitioners, published early in 2020. For the SABPP she authored a series of monthly Fact Sheets, several Position Papers and policy contributions. She edited and wrote several chapters for the SABPP’s book Ethical Competence in HRM Practice, published in 2015, and designed and facilitated Ethics workshops for HR practitioners. She co-authored, with the then CEO of the SABPP, the late Marius Meyer, the first book on HR Risk Management, published in 2017, and the first book on HRM Standards, published in 2019.
Cassey Chambers
Cassey Chambers
Operations Director, SADAG
Cassey started at The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) as a volunteer counsellor in the call center helping to man the Suicide Crisis Helpline. With a background in Psychology, and experience as a volunteer in the call center she then took on the position of Call Center Manager managing over 100 volunteer counsellors. Cassey is currently the Operations Director and a board member. She represents SADAG at national conferences, various press interviews, workshops and advocacy projects to help fight for patients’ rights and destigmatize mental health across the country. She focuses on various projects including the Teen Suicide Prevention school programme, rural outreach projects, support groups, responsible reporting initiatives with press and media, mental health in the workplace and more recent advocacy projects including the Esidimeni crisis and medical aids such as the Health Market Inquiry.

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