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Resilience and Wellbeing: Making Your Organisation Fit For Purpose

29 January 2020 at 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The ABP and Engage4Success collaborated in promoting a highly successful event supported by Eversheds Sutherland in January 2019. We intend to collaborate once again and we are delighted that again Eversheds Sutherland are willing to support this event. It will be hosted by Naeema Choudry (Partner and Tribunal Judge) will be held at Eversheds Sutherland LLP. 70 Great Bridgewater St, Manchester M1 5ES. 4.30pm until 8.00 pm. Drinks and canapes available on arrival. Registration from 4 pm.

There are three main objectives:

  • Explore the extent of the link between resilience and wellbeing and how this impacts business outcomes.
  • Explore why employees in some organisations appear to have better resilience and suffer less from mental stress and wellbeing issues than those in other organisations.
  • To understand the dynamic of a good Organisational Culture which helps to develop employee resilience, better engagement and fewer problem issues in relation to wellbeing and mental health.

The national debate, supported by the Public Health England initiative, is forcing organisations to recognise that resilience and mental health is not just a matter for an unfortunate few but something that affects everyone and requires a refocusing of strategic approach.

Join us for this event which will demonstrate how an appropriate focus on resilience and wellbeing can deliver remarkable results in our organisations. It requires inclusive leadership to support teams that enable each member to be their authentic selves at work. It is about adopting a positive mindset and challenging our short cuts in thinking and unconscious biases.

Following a short introduction and legal overview, the session will include a series of case studies which will illustrate how a focus on wellbeing and resilience can contribute to improvement in performance, and what makes a good programme in order to make them a success. We will explore some of the pitfalls and challenges involved and how these can be avoided or overcome.

Of particular interest will be the opportunity to hear how business psychology and employee engagement can come together to deliver a successful resilience strategy, enabling change to be a positive experience for all.

The event will involve thought-provoking inputs from our speakers and opportunities to share experiences and ideas with other participants.

Janice McNamara is an executive coach and facilitator. She co-creates bespoke learning and development programmes that strengthen leadership and team effectiveness. She has 20 years’ experience working with diverse organisations such as professional bodies, large scale manufacturers, utility companies, international development charities, education, and cultural sectors.

Wellbeing and resilience are key for maximising the effectiveness of leaders and productive teams: however, individuals may face challenges that trigger high levels of stress and destructive behaviours. We will consider real case studies which reflect on the assumptions made by their colleagues and organisations and gain insights into the life-changing learning this experience has brought to Janice and her clients.’

Helen Baggaley and Becky Tyrer both work in the OD and Strategy team within Wigan Council, they develop and lead key Organisational Development programmes and interventions.
Having both worked in the public and private sector they are passionate about employee health and wellbeing and the impact happy, healthy employees have on customers and business outcomes.

Helen’s current role specialises in staff engagement, reward & recognition, internal communications, behavioural change, employee wellbeing and policy development. Working with colleagues across the council and wider partners, key areas of focus include overseeing a new ‘always on’ approach to employee engagement and more emphasis on supporting the employee experience during recruitment and induction. Having worked in public and the private sector, Becky has led on programmes of work that prioritise employee health and wellbeing. Within the NHS, Becky chaired a Wellbeing Steering group implementing the Boorman Review (2009) recommendations. More recently Becky has led on the successful accreditation of Investors in People: recognition of organisational performance and having a healthy and happy workforce was an integral part of the award.

This presentation will focus on the approach to supporting employee health and wellbeing at Wigan Council, and it will provide an insight into the next phase of the wellbeing offer, currently under development. Wigan Council was awarded Council of the Year at the 2019 Local Government Chronicle Awards.

Sarah-Jane Lennie, Senior Research Associate, Manchester Metropolitan University and formerly of Greater Manchester Police
Through her research, Sarah-Jane has uncovered strong evidence that the culture in the police, through emotional labour, contributes to the increase in PTSD outcomes. The lack of willingness to recognise the need for empathy results in emotional suppression and eventually trauma: the recognition of the therapeutic need to talk about trauma and the associated emotions for better coping can at a stroke change an organisational culture and create individual and organisational resilience. Sarah-Jane will deliver the overriding message that the brain needs space to process experiences and that a supportive environment is essential in creating that space and allows our employees to discuss their emotions.

This will be a lively and participative event, highly informative, with much to take away and apply.

ABP and E4S would like to thank Eversheds Sutherland for hosting and supporting this event.


29 January 2020
4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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