We’re Happy to Be Here!
We are delighted to be adding The Better Workplace Conference to The Conference Board of Canada’s annual calendar of events. This conference is a welcome addition that will complement our existing work in the areas of Health & Wellness practice and research, and this work will add valuable insight to The Better Workplace Conference as it evolves in the future.
The most exciting part about acquiring this conference is that it’s more than just a conference. It’s a community. It’s about people who are committed to organizational health & wellness in the workplace. It’s designed to address issues, trends and opportunities in today’s organizations, and attracts leaders from across North America and beyond who come to learn how to create positive change for better performance in their organizations.
We’re pleased to be working with Deborah on the transition this year. Aside from the change in ownership, the conference will operate as usual this year with the same quality of relevant programming, speakers and more. We invite you to join us on November 24-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary for The Better Workplace Conference. and early-bird rates are in effect.
I look forward to meeting you soon.
Vice-President, Leadership and Human Resources Research
The Conference Board of Canada
What Can You Expect from The Better Workplace Conference 2014
Working with feedback from previous participants, we’ll focus the discussion around three key themes:
1. Culture and Community.
Successful organizations recognize the importance of culture and the influence it has on performance, wellness and engagement. And successful leaders know they have a duty to create, preserve and at times change culture. And increasingly we are seeing organizations add a new focus—on community. While some interpret culture as “the way we do things” and others identify it with “the values and beliefs or our organization”, community expands the discussion to look at the quality and nature of relationships in organizations, on reciprocal responsibilities and even on caring for co-workers. Many also believe that thinking about organizations as communities better supports diversity and inclusion—both hallmarks of high performance.
2. Change and Resilience.
Change has been a recurrent theme at this event—and for good reason. Few would argue that the pace of change has increased in recent years, and that it is becoming harder to predict. New technologies, changing demographics, increased global competition, fiscal restraint in government—all these forces combine, overlap and interact to create complex, discontinuous change. We will deliver some of the latest thinking on how to deal with this kind of change effectively with a focus on resilience because this is the most basic component of effective change management—what does resilience mean for individuals, for organizations? How can you become more resilient and build resilience in others?
3. Innovations in Behaviour Change.
Many companies have devoted increasing resources to wellness over the last few years. Yet do you sometimes feel your wellness efforts keep influencing only a small minority in your organization—are you always preaching to the choir? This stream will look at ways you can better influence and change employee behaviour. You’ll learn how to increase engagement in wellness and participation in whatever activities are available in your organization. This will include simply raising the profile of wellness in the organization and so gaining greater executive support as well as gamification, social media, apps, education and nudging. Central to these discussions will be recognition that ultimately all employees are responsible for their own health and wellness—both physical and mental.
Free Webinar from The Conference Board of Canada
For a limited time, we’re pleased to offer you a complimentary recorded webinar (Value of $445). Wellness ROI—Are You Getting Your Money’s Worth? Is a 60-minute session where report authors explore the wellness return on investment (ROI) and how to calculate your own wellness returns. Karla Thorpe, Director, Leadership and Human Resources Research, and Louise Chenier, Research Associate, provide the story behind the numbers and share the results of the research, including which tools are most effective when measuring the impact of wellness programs. In addition, you will hear details of in-depth case study interviews with employers as well as interviews with experts in health promotion, workplace wellness and evaluation. Download your free webinar here.
We Want to Hear from You!
The 2014 program is still being developed. Please take a moment to complete this on-line survey to give your input on this year’s event. We value your feedback and appreciate your time.