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Banishing Burnout: Guidance for Leaders' Self-Care and Employee Mental Health

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Since the pandemic, workplace stress and burnout has become a big challenge globally for workers, leaders, and employers.

The consequences to this are an increase in employee turn, a decline in worker and leader abilities and productivity (i.e. a decrease in discretionary effort and increase in presenteeism), and an increase in STD and LTD disability claims due to mental health.

How work is being organized matters because workplace stress kills. In fact, according to the United Nations, 2.8 million workers die each year because of how work is facilitated and organized.

In this micro-workshop, Dr. Bill Howatt, an international expert in workplace mental health, will provide leaders like you with awareness on the link between stress and burnout, and what you can do to support yourself and your workers in order to mitigate the risk for mental harm and burnout.

Learning objectives

During this micro-workshop, you will:

  • Examine the link between stress/mental injuries/psychological and burnout
  • Explore how stress and burnout negatively impacts employee mental/physical health and performance
  • Discover why leaders' self-care is critical for supporting workers mental health
  • Understand how leaders are a protective factor for mitigating workers stress and burnout


Dates: April 13, 2023
Time: 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (Atlantic)
Location: Offered via virtual training
Fee: $185 per seat +HST (discounts available)
Instructor: Dr. Bill Howatt

Register for April 2023

Available discounts

  • Group: Purchase 3 seats or more and get a 10% discount.
  • Alumni: Get a 15% discount, on single seat purchases, if you are an alumni of our CME, MDP, HRM, or Psych Safe Leaders program(s).
  • Bundles:
    • Buy 5 seats and get a 24% discount
    • Buy 10 seats and get a 38% discount

About Bill Howatt

Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, refers to himself as a behavioural scientist with a keen curiosity for how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada's top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill is on the CSA OHS Standards Steering Committee and Chair of the CSA Standard Z1008: Management of Substance Related Impairment in the Workplace. He is the co-creator of the Psychologically Safe Workplace Awards.

Dr. Bill regularly contributes to workplace mental health research such as Canada Pandemic Pulse Check: COVID-19's Impact on Canadians' Mental Health with the Mental Health Commission of Canada; Moving to Action: Implementing the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services' Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap; and Canada Standards Association Investigating employers' practices in response to COVID-19 for safeguarding employees' psychological health and safety in the workplace. He has 30 years clinical experience in mental health and addictive disorders.

Dr. Bill is the former Chief of Research, Workforce Productivity, at The Conference Board of Canada, and the former Chief of Research and Development, Workforce Productivity, at Lifeworks. Dr. Bill has created the senateapproved Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership and Certificate in Management Essentials, Pathway to Coping and Mental Fitness through the University of New Brunswick. He is the co-creator of the Psychological Health and Safety Facilitator Certificate.

Dr. Bill is a regular contributor and co-authors a blog with the CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada for WSPS Ontario CEO Health and Safety Leadership Network. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books, such as The Globe and Mail bestseller, The Cure for Loneliness, and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.

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