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More than 200 human resource professionals, business leaders and employers attended the second annual Solving Workplace Challenges conference at The Globe and Mail Centre on March 20. The day focused on strategies to create thriving workplaces, and also recognized the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplaces and award winners. Below are highlights.

How to Bridge the Mental Health Gap at Work
Insight and top HR strategies on building a resilient workforce

Mental illness is estimated to cause a $2.5-trillion drag on the global economy in terms of lost attendance, lost productivity and less easily defined measurements such as lost creativity. [ Read More... ]

Cannabis Concerns at Work
A panel of legal experts covered HR policy in the era of legalized marijuana, along with heightened concerns around workplace harassment 

With federal legislation intended to legalize cannabis sale and use expected to be finalized by this summer, some proactive employers are trying to get ahead of the game by considering workplace policies. [ Read More... ]

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Detecting and addressing mental health issues
How do employers address stress and mental health disorders in the workplace? A panel of mental health experts and advocates shared their insight. The panel included Dr. Bill Howatt, Chief Research and Development Officer of Workforce Productivity with Morneau Shepell; Kendra Fisher, Founder of MentallyFit and former Team Canada goalie; Ed Mantler, Vice-President of Programs and Priorities, Mental Health Commission of Canada; and Dr. Vivien Lee, Psychologist with EBT3.

Legalized marijuana and the workplace
A panel of legal experts delved into what legalized marijuana means to employers. The panel included Christopher Burkett, Partner with Baker McKenzie; Jacqueline Luksha, a lawyer with Hicks Morley; and Daniel Whitten, Partner with Whitten and Lublin.

Tips from employee recommended workplaces
The morning concluded with a panel of representatives from the Employee Recommended Workplace Awards (ERWAs). Sharing their strategies for workplace engagement were Nicolas Drapeau, Manager of Onboarding, Deluxe Payroll; Sarah Liverance, Partner, Sklar Wilton & Associates; Carl Jafrabad, Director, Total Rewards and HR Business Partner, Nestle Canada; and Dave Holmes, Director of Employee Engagement with Klick.

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Announcing the 2018 Employee Recommended Workplaces

At the event, Morneau Shepell and The Globe and Mail announced 53 Employee Recommended Workplaces for 2018, and presented overall category winners, in the second annual awards. There were some key similarities among all the top category winners, which included having management openly supportive of health and well-being initiatives, having flexible work options for staff, and management clearly understanding that the organization needs to help support the whole person, not just their role at work. [ Read More ... ]