Conference attendees are united by a common purpose: to build, enhance and sustain healthy, successful workplaces. This event is designed specifically for senior leaders, human resource professionals, managers, health and wellness experts, occupational health experts, corporate medical directors, as well as business owners and consultants. Engage with senior-to mid-level employer representatives and managers — those who influence decisions — and with service providers who contribute solutions to enhance productivity.
Delegates will gain insights and practical takeaways from best practices, case studies and new tools to help create thriving work cultures in their organizations.
Post-event content includes session notes, video clips, audio tracks and related articles sent exclusively to delegates through our monthly Conference Insider.
Your Workplace Conference 2014 provides an unmatched opportunity for leaders, managers, HR, health, benefits and wellness experts to discuss the impact of workload and employee well-being on productivity, benefit costs and talent. The lessons learned and the partnerships formed will enable organizations to be positioned for future success as an employer of choice.
Conference Theme: Workload and Well-Being in a Multi-Generational Workplace
We know that workloads, especially at the managerial and professional level, have increased over the past several decades. We know that employers should care because high workloads are impacting the employer’s bottom line. At the same time increasing workloads are adversely impacting the health and productivity of our workforce. There are solutions, but they will vary based on the diversity of the different generations and their needs in the workforce today.
Age is only one component of diversity in workplaces today. Creating an inclusive, progressive workplace in Canada today means focusing on individual employees with different needs, such as those with parents requiring care, those who are financially stable or unstable, autonomous workers, and workers of different races and genders. Understanding these needs helps with retention, attracting talent, ROI and ultimately, your bottom line. The Your Workplace Conference 2014 will provide solutions to these increasing concerns as they impact the inclusive, ever-evolving workplace in Canada today.
If you are building a thriving workplace join us for this exciting, industry-leading event.
Bringing together practising and developing thriving workplaces in Canada, this event is the premiere learning forum for positive work cultures in Canada.
✓ author of best-selling books, Always Change a Losing Game and Staying Afloat when the Water gets Rough
✓ author of internationally acclaimed book, The Little Book of Stress Relief, which has been translated into seven languages
✓ current book, Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor’s Prescription For Treating Workplace Stress, is already top-selling
Workplaces are making people sick. Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, no one is listening. The irony is that the time and effort put in by stressed-out workers is unproductive. Dr. David Posen, a leading expert on stress and author of Is Work Killing You?, identifies the three biggest problems that contribute to burnout and low productivity. He shares how downsizing, economic uncertainty, and technology have made the workplace more toxic than ever and costing employers billions of dollars a year in lost productivity. Most importantly, many of the solutions aren’t complicated.
In a witty, engaging, humourous style, Posen will offer practical advice for managing the harmful symptoms and side effects of stress.
✓ a founding member of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association
✓ awarded a Distinguished Professor Award (2009) from the Faculty Association at the University of Guelph
✓ co-developer of “The Engagement Management Model”, and the “ReNEW” model of effective downtime
When people want to be more productive at work they naturally think of approaches and techniques that can be applied on the job. But there’s a new way to approach organizational effectiveness that focuses on how the activities you engage in while away from the job are not only rejuvenating personally, but make you more effective and productive when you return to work. The approach is called Boosting and focuses on how we need to use our downtime to most successfully recharge our batteries. When this occurs we are more pleasant to live with and we return to work happier, more productive, and feeling like work requires less effort.
Dr. Jamie Gruman, an authority in psychological capital, will discuss his forthcoming book presenting the research behind Boosting. He will reveal the specific activities that you can implement during your time away from work that will have a major impact on your life, and on the quality and productivity of your work.
✓ Ranked #1 most influential thought leader in HR» by HR Magazine
✓ Ranked #1 management educator and guru» by Business Week
✓ One of the 10 most innovative and creative thinkers» by Fast Company
✓ One of the world’s top five business coaches» by Forbes
✓ One of the top Leadership Development providers around the world» by Leadership Excellence and HR.com
Professor Dave Ulrich has been a pioneer in revolutionizing the HR profession globally, and has helped progressive leaders in the HR field build their leadership brand. He transforms organizations to align their culture with customer and investor expectations. David Ulrich professor, author, speaker, coach and all round HR Guru believes that “HR must give value or give notice”. A well-traveled speaker, who received the 2010 Nobels Colloquia Prize for Leadership on Business and Economic Thinking, will engage you and will help you help translate ideas into actions that work.
When Professor Dave Ulrich speaks, he shares, from a place of passion, his new and innovative ideas that work. He does not simply explain his business models and how they have been successfully implemented within more than half of the companies listed on the Fortune 200. He also won’t just elaborate on his extensive influence as a management thinker. He will inspire you to achieve your personal and organizational goals.
In a dynamic business climate, people professionals need to master skills to keep them relevant to their organization’s strategy, so says leadership expert and Your Workplace Conference 2014 speaker, Dave Ulrich.
As a manager you are the biggest determining factor of your team’s willingness to go the extra mile or even stay with your company — more than senior management, more than company pride, and even more than money! TalentMap’s award-winning workshop will dramatically increase your effectiveness and your team’s performance. Based on first-hand, ground-breaking knowledge we will show you how you will increase productivity and reduce turnover by cultivating a workforce of engaged employees.
Learn the exact behaviours that significantly impact engagement, how to measure engagement levels and delivery strategies, and the individual actions you can take to develop enthusiastic, empowered, confident and inspired employees — the type of employees who care, who want to be part of a success story and who will drive your organization to the top.
Register for this workshop and receive: a copy of the book, Employee Engagement for Dummies by Sean Fitzpatrick
Workshop Leader: Sean Fitzpatrick
MONDAY OCTOBER 27th, 1:30-5pm
In this time of economic restraint, there is unprecedented pressure to justify spending on all workplace programs. We, as wellness leaders, must increasingly be prepared to demonstrate the direct benefit to the business in order to protect those investments. Evaluation is a critical component of a comprehensive workplace health and wellness program. This information can be used to support funding allocations and make strategic decisions about future programming.
During this intensive, hands-on workshop, we will explore the metrics around measuring the return on investment on organizational health and wellness programs, and how to calculate wellness returns.
Learn how to implement a comprehensive workplace wellness program, the benefits of, and barriers to, measuring ROI, concrete tools for evaluating workplace wellness programs, and much more.
Workshop Leader: Louise Chénier
Manager, Workplace Health and Wellness Research
The Conference Board of Canada
MONDAY OCTOBER 27th, 1:30-5pm
Most employers believe that both managers and employees should be held accountable for maintaining and improving workforce health and productivity. Recently, however, there is a shift in the accountability model from one of shared responsibility to one in which employees are expected to bear primary responsibility. This robust panel discussion will be fully interactive with frequent, live surveying of delegates by TalentMap.
While traditional models of leadership have worked in the past, today’s leaders need new skills to deal with the rapidly changing and challenging workplace. They need to manage distractions, interruptions, and overload. Most importantly they have to manage themselves from a place of calm and awareness to create greater trust, and engagement in their teams. Mindfulness, now scientifically proven, is a powerful tool to help leaders create better results, performance and engagement for themselves and their teams. Participants learn how to cultivate it to get results while it fits in seamlessly into the work day.
It is important to build a total reward strategy and related employee value proposition that recognizes the needs and concerns of employees, and to optimize the rewards portfolio for different segments of the workforce. From a total rewards perspective there is room for a better-communicated, better-integrated employee value proposition encompassing all segments of your workforce.
Age 65 no longer means that it’s time to retire. With the expulsion of mandatory retirement, some Boomers don’t wish to retire, some can’t afford to, and some are just plain afraid to retire. While the reasons for staying at work vary, there are far-reaching implications for employers, younger workers and the economy as a whole.
Join Simon Chan, AVP Product, Manulife Group Benefits & Retirement Solutions, as he outlines how this growing trend could affect your business and learn how other companies have met the challenge.
BEST PRACTICES PANEL
The workload that an employee carries is, in large, a determinant of their well-being. This best practices panel will share their success stories, and their pitfalls, of finding the right balance of workload to optimize performance, and whether this load varies by employee group.
Employee engagement scores are dropping. Leaders are finding it more and more difficult to lift their strategic plans off the paper. Sludge is showing up in the corporate fuel of organizations across North America. Too many companies are living with a default culture rather than a culture built by design. With proven assessment tools and processes, leaders can ignite a culture that allows employees and organization’s to grow to their full potential.
Organizations have Broken Talent Escalators™ – talent structures that assume people will step off when they reach the traditional retirement age set in the 1930s. But many Boomers today are simply not ready to step away from work. Whether by choice or circumstance, these seasoned employees are staying on the top step of your talent escalator, rather than stepping off into unknown territory. As they take a step back each time the stair disappears under the floor they use their current role as a treadmill – not moving forward and causing a treadmill effect to occur throughout your entire workforce. The hard and soft costs of your Broken Talent Escalator™ are significant.
As the pace and demands of work increase, plenty of anecdotal and scientific evidence suggest our work environments are becoming increasingly disrespectful. Recent research suggests that these actions exhort tremendous costs within our organizations, on an emotional and productivity level. This session will build a powerful business case for the importance of civility within our workplaces. It will also explore why this debilitating form of behaviour continues to occur.
Are your employees doing what you need them to do? Do you feel like you are wasting time managing them? Are you getting enough “bang for your buck”? To get better results they must decide that what they are doing is exactly what they want to do, and it can only be that way if it is meeting their basic psychological and physical needs. Simple? This foundational approach can easily be integrated into any workplace for incredible results. It works because every single thing each person does is to satisfy a need. The choices your employees make are always in their best interest even if it is not in yours.
These top organizations have positioned themselves as leaders, built relationships and maximized the reach of their brands by investing in you through sponsorship of this conference.
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. We provide clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions.
Towers Watson is a leading global professional services company that helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management. With 14,000 associates around the world, we offer solutions in the areas of benefits, talent management, rewards, and risk and capital management.
At KIMBERLY-CLARK PROFESSIONAL, we believe in creating Exceptional Workplaces that are healthier, safer and more productive. The Healthy Workplace Project* is a convenient, hygiene-based approach to wellness with high participation rates and employee engagement by providing the right tools and protocols to promote healthier, happier people leading to better business performance.
Conveniently located just 1½ kilometers from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), the Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre provides many amenities including a complimentary 24-hour airport shuttle. Energize your mind and body in the 24-hour fitness centre, refresh yourself in the atrium-enclosed pool and whirlpool, or get down to business with complimentary wireless High Speed Internet Access available in public areas. For a delectable dining experience, enjoy Olio: A Mediterranean Grille, where you can enjoy exquisite meals with regional specialties created by their award-winning culinary team.
This hotel is perfect for our event, with 26,000 square feet of modern function space that is exquisitely designed on one level. The state-of-the-art meeting facilities offer comfort and natural light.
Whether you choose to share a room or not, everyone will enjoy a hot breakfast buffet in the Olio Restaurant for the conference special room rate of $179 (single) or $199 (double).
CONFERENCE RATE — $898
NEW SUBSCRIBER — $880 (includes conference registration and one-year YW magazine subscription)
YW SUBSCRIBER — $795 (preferred rate for existing subscribers to YW magazine)
BRING A FRIEND — $1495 (includes two full conference registrations)
CONFERENCE RATE — $998 (includes conference registration and one-year YW magazine subscription)
YW SUBSCRIBER — $895 (preferred rate for existing subscribers to YW magazine)
BRING A FRIEND — $1695 (includes two full conference registrations)
Group Rates: When five or more people register together, a discount of CDN$100 is applicable per person.
All prices are in Canadian dollars.
When you book accommodation at the conference venue, a hot breakfast buffet in the Olio Restaurant is included each day with your room reservation.
From all sectors attendees are: CEO’s, executives, managers, human resource practitioners, policy analysts, Management consultants, Organizational development professionals, benefits consultants, health and wellness practitioners, researchers, private practitioners and other key organizational players interested in a healthy, productive employees and a thriving work culture. Attendees seek real, practical solutions for their organizational concerns.
• two days of programming, keynotes, concurrent sessions and session materials
• wellness breaks and lunch for two days including our signature Dare2Dine lunch
• CE credits have been applied for and may be available
• When you book accommodation at the conference venue, a hot breakfast buffet is included with your room reservation.
• Preferred pricing at early bird rate