Maintaining Mental Fitness

Webinar Series

Pandemic to Endemic:
Employee Reintegration into the Workplace

Starting Sept. 20, 2022

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The Mental Fitness Webinar Too Important to Miss

Maintaining Mental Fitness is an educational webinar series designed to support mental fitness for organizations and individuals. Season 3 is focused on the transition from a pandemic to an endemic workplace environment.

Registration is free and open to all individuals and organizations, public and private, seeking practical ways to maintain mental health and wellbeing during a time when traditional workplace norms are being redefined.

Timely Discussions About Relevant Workplace Mental Health Issues

Social and political events have shaped and redefined many workplace cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people experience the collision of differing perspectives, behaviours and states of mental health that have emerged over the past two years, organizations are challenged to adjust to new realities.

Season 3 of Maintaining Mental Fitness will feature timely discussions examining the key strategies and behaviours that leaders and employees can practice to maintain mental fitness during the transition from a pandemic to an endemic work environment. Webinars are presented and moderated by mental health subject matter experts from across Canada.

Weekly Webinars with Expert Knowledge, Micro-Skill Tips and Q & A Sessions Start in September

  • Season 3 starts on September 20, 2022!
  • The webinars will be hosted on a weekly basis, with a one week break between sessions, ending with a wrap-up webinar on December 6, 2022.
  • Each episode will feature discussions on mental fitness topics and provide an overview of a key micro-skill to support workplace mental health.
  • Panelists include Jesse Adams of Howatt HR Consulting.
  • Sessions will conclude with a Q & A for participants to ask questions.

The Mental Fitness Webinar Too Important to Miss

Maintaining Mental Fitness is an educational webinar series designed to support mental fitness for organizations and individuals. Season 3 is focused on the transition from a pandemic to an endemic workplace environment.

Registration is free and open to all individuals and organizations, public and private, seeking practical ways to maintain mental health and wellbeing during a time when traditional workplace norms are being redefined.

Timely Discussions About Relevant Workplace Mental Health Issues

Social and political events have shaped and redefined many workplace cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people experience the collision of differing perspectives, behaviours and states of mental health that have emerged over the past two years, organizations are challenged to adjust to new realities.

Season 3 of Maintaining Mental Fitness will feature timely discussions examining the key strategies and behaviours that leaders and employees can practice to maintain mental fitness during the transition from a pandemic to an endemic work environment. Webinars are presented and moderated by mental health subject matter experts from across Canada.

Weekly Webinars with Expert Knowledge, Micro-Skill Tips and Q & A Sessions Start in September

  • Season 3 starts on September 20, 2022!
  • The webinars will be hosted on a weekly basis, with a one week break between sessions, ending with a wrap-up webinar on December 6, 2022.
  • Each episode will feature discussions on mental fitness topics and provide an overview of a key micro-skill to support workplace mental health.
  • Panelists include Jesse Adams of Howatt HR Consulting.
  • Sessions will conclude with a Q & A for participants to ask questions.

This interactive web-based program is for information and education purposes only and should not be considered therapy or any form of treatment. We are not able to respond to specific questions or comments about personal situations, appropriate diagnosis or treatment, or otherwise provide any clinical opinions. If you think you need immediate assistance, call your local emergency number or the mental health crisis hotline.

What Maintaining Mental Fitness Fans Are Saying

This is a very well run and organized webinar. Timely information for oneself to deal with all that is going on and it respects timelines. Plenty of information packed into a short window. Thank you.

This webinar series is teaching the right practical skills at the right time. One of the best series I’ve seen that is impactful for me as an individual and for organizations. Thank you team!

Thank you for today's session. As usual, it was interesting and focused on the positive potential for change we all have within us or can start to revive in ourselves within our support groups or resources.

I thought this was such an important presentation.  Our focus for many has shifted to deal with a lot of "external" concerns with the pandemic at the expense of concerted efforts to cultivate our ongoing personal relationship.  Appreciate being a part of these sessions.

Thank you so much for this series. Today's session helped me to realize that how I'm feeling is directly related to what my charge level is.

This webinar gave me some very practical tips but also explained the reasons for using the strategies. I enjoyed the comfortable relational approach to learning.

Maintaining Mental Fitness Season 3 Webinar Series

Episodes 1 to 10:

Pandemic to endemic: Reintegration into the workplace

Select a tab for more information on the video discussions in Episodes 1 to 10.

Creating space for discomfort

Guest Speaker: Jesse Adams, COO of Howatt HR.

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am

How will the workplace culture be shaped after returning to work and its impact on mental health?

The new world of work is not what we left in March 2020. Social and political events have shaped and redefined many workplace cultures.

The session will explore the need to create space for various perspectives and potentially uncomfortable conversations as we navigate and support the changes that have occurred in our employees lives and the impact it has had on mental health.

Incorporating DEI in your renewed culture

Guest Speaker:  Nicole Stibb, Diversity, equity and inclusion expert.

Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am TBD

How can we help the reintegration of organizations during an endemic? What are their challenges and how can organizations navigate that?

This discussion focuses on the reintegration of employees during the endemic and rapid changes brought about by social justice movements.

We will explore the role that companies play in society, how organizational values may have shifted and the importance of strong DEI practices, particularly during remote or hybrid environments have required organizations to shift priorities to take steps to ensure that all staff feel included and experience a sense of belonging.

Learning from Discomfort

Guest Speaker: Jesse Adams, COO of Howatt HR.

Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am TBD

The pandemic has created strong social learning in our day to day working lives. Social learning, or learning from what others do, has shifted us from traditional rule-based approaches to an exploration and observation of other behaviours and perspectives.

As we bring people back to work and experience the collision of differing perspectives, behaviours and states of mental health, leaders will need to embrace this idea of learning through discomfort. This session will explore skills you can learn and apply to help you and your employees listen to understand, be curious, navigate different perspectives and move focus on moving towards a common purpose.

Episode 3 – Micro Skill Resources

Leading with Humanity

Guest Speaker: Norah March, Director of Education, Durham District School Board

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

In this session, we talk about leading with humanity. The session will explore what it means to be human and a leader, leadership challenges during the pandemic/endemic and what is required to be a leader in today’s environment.

Excelling Through Compassion

Guest Speaker: Dave Upper, City of St. Catharines Fire Chief and Director of Fire Services

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

During the last two years, one of the most valuable skills that excellent leaders demonstrated was the ability to take care of their people. Join us to share perspectives on how leaders can excel through compassionate leadership. Topics will include how to manage stress by proactively tackling issues, being prepared to deliver bad news, communicating decisions with empathy, and modeling behaviours that will help everyone move forward towards a shared purpose.

Moving from Control to Influence

Guest Speaker: Jesse Adams, COO of Howatt HR

Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

The pandemic shifted how leaders lead, how employees see organizations, and how organizations need to view employees. Leaders have had to learn how to handle significant pressures, navigate uncertain and unchartered impacts on business, and overall decline in employee mental health. This session will discuss the shifts that have occurred and how leaders today need to move from a leadership style that may be more planned rather than agile, more profit rather than purpose focused and more control-based rather then empowering and trust-based. Leaders will learn skills that they can apply to move towards leading with influence and focusing on employee wellbeing.

Tapping into What Really Charges Your Battery

Guest Speaker: Daena Douglas, Howatt HR

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

High intensity charges vs low intensity charges. Monitoring what charges, you over time – Recognizing if something changed.

Join us for a conversation how the importance of engaging in activities that help us recharge our own personal batteries. This conversation will explore how high intensity charges differ from low intensity charges and how it is even possible for things that charge us to become a drain. Additionally discussed will be the importance of monitoring what charges you and taking steps to recognize if there has been a change and learning how to adapt to that change.

Finding Your Why

Guest Speaker: Michael Prowse, CAO, City of Barrie

Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

Join us to discuss the importance of finding your why as an organization, and also as individual leaders. The discussion will talk how personal and organizational values, as well a strong shared purpose can help leaders navigate times of crisis and emerge stronger, with better alignment and a clear focus on employee’s overall health and wellbeing.

Finding Your Shared Purpose

Guest Speaker: Nicole Stibb, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion expert

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

Setting your purpose roadmap

This session discusses the importance of finding your shared purpose as leaders within an organization and shares a process that leaders can use to help identify and move towards a shared purpose. You will also learn how to identify obstacles that can impact our ability to focuses on the shared purpose. Finally, she will share how living your values and purpose can positively impact your mental health and wellbeing and share steps you can take to set your own purpose roadmap.

Wrap-Up – Amplifying Impact

Guest Speaker: Jesse Adams, COO of Howatt HR

Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2022
Time: 10:00am – 10:30am (MDT)

Key learnings, “AHA” moments. How were participants impacted?

 This session will discuss the key learnings of all the sessions and explore how participants can use the information they have learned to amplify the impact of these learnings within their own organization. The panel will share “AHA” moments and discuss potential steps to implement the learnings in our day-to-day work and life.

Maintaining Mental Fitness Season 2 Webinar Series Library

Check out the Maintaining Mental Fitness Webinar Series Library to view the latest episode and access past episodes.

Maintaining Mental Fitness Season 1 Webinar Series

All Webinar Episodes in Season 1 were presented by Dr. Bill Howatt and Jesse Adams.

  • Episode 1: March 24, 2020 – Tactics for Maintaining Mental Fitness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Episode 2: March 31, 2020 – Gratitude
  • Episode 3: April 7, 2020 – Creating Social Connection
  • Episode 4: April 14, 2020 – Understanding Stress
  • Episode 5: April 21, 2020 – Insulating for Anxiety
  • Episode 6: April 28, 2020 – Social Contagion
  • Episode 7: May 5, 2020 – Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Episode 8: May 12, 2020 – Supporting Others
  • Episode 9: May 13, 2020 – Work 2.0 Reboot
  • Episode 10: May 19, 2020 – Feeling Overwhelmed with the New Norm
  • Episode 11: May 26, 2020 – Suicide Ideation
  • Episode 12: June 2, 2020 – Insulating for Irritability
  • Episode 13: June 9, 2020 – Engaging in Our Environment
  • Episode 14: June 16, 2020 – Mindful Hydration
  • Episode 15: June 23, 2020 – Anchoring Your Why
  • Episode 16: June 30, 2020 – Prioritizing Sleep
  • Episode 17: July 7, 2020 – Fueling Up with Nutrition
  • Episode 18: July 14, 2020 – Progressive Relaxation
  • Episode 19: July 21, 2020 – Journaling
  • Episode 20: July 28, 2020- Flipping the Switch
  • Episode 1: March 24, 2020 – Tactics for Maintaining Mental Fitness During the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Episode 2: March 31, 2020 – Gratitude
  • Episode 3: April 7, 2020 – Creating Social Connection
  • Episode 4: April 14, 2020 – Understanding Stress
  • Episode 5: April 21, 2020 – Insulating for Anxiety
  • Episode 6: April 28, 2020 – Social Contagion
  • Episode 7: May 5, 2020 – Coping with Grief and Loss
  • Episode 8: May 12, 2020 – Supporting Others
  • Episode 9: May 13, 2020 – Work 2.0 Reboot
  • Episode 10: May 19, 2020 – Feeling Overwhelmed with the New Norm
  • Episode 11: May 26, 2020 – Suicide Ideation
  • Episode 12: June 2, 2020 – Insulating for Irritability
  • Episode 13: June 9, 2020 – Engaging in Our Environment
  • Episode 14: June 16, 2020 – Mindful Hydration
  • Episode 15: June 23, 2020 – Anchoring Your Why
  • Episode 16: June 30, 2020 – Prioritizing Sleep
  • Episode 17: July 7, 2020 – Fueling Up with Nutrition
  • Episode 18: July 14, 2020 – Progressive Relaxation
  • Episode 19: July 21, 2020 – Journaling
  • Episode 20: July 28, 2020- Flipping the Switch

Meet Your Series Hosts

The series is hosted by the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) in partnership with Alberta Municipalities, the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) and Howatt HR Consulting.

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the knowledge of health, safety and environment in the workplace. Every town, village, municipal district, county, city and specialized municipality in Alberta is a member of AMHSA – inclusive of all municipal first responders. The organization supports more than 60,000 workers across 336 municipal entities.

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the leading professional association for health, safety and environmental practitioners in Canada. CSSE shapes the safety profession in Canada by working collaboratively with its members and partners. CSSE has 37 chapters in five regions across the country. Chapters are entirely volunteer-based, compromised of passionate health and safety leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast.

Alberta Municipalities represents the 275 municipalities where over 85% of Albertans live, including summer villages, villages, cities, towns and specialized municipalities. The organization works with elected and administrative leaders to advocate for solutions to municipal issues and provides services that help build resilient and thriving communities.

Howatt HR Consulting helps clients achieve operational excellence through aligning strategic planning with people and operational goals using qualitative and quantitative approaches to employee care and operational excellence.

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is an educational non-profit organization that promotes the knowledge of health, safety and environment in the workplace. Every town, village, municipal district, county, city and specialized municipality in Alberta is a member of AMHSA – inclusive of all municipal first responders. The organization supports more than 60,000 workers across 336 municipal entities.

The Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE) is the leading professional association for health, safety and environmental practitioners in Canada. CSSE shapes the safety profession in Canada by working collaboratively with its members and partners. CSSE has 37 chapters in five regions across the country. Chapters are entirely volunteer-based, compromised of passionate health and safety leaders from coast-to-coast-to coast.

Alberta Municipalities represents the 275 municipalities where over 85% of Albertans live, including summer villages, villages, cities, towns and specialized municipalities. The organization works with elected and administrative leaders to advocate for solutions to municipal issues and provides services that help build resilient and thriving communities.

Howatt HR Consulting helps clients achieve operational excellence through aligning strategic planning with people and operational goals using qualitative and quantitative approaches to employee care and operational excellence.

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