2017 Health Promotion Conference, Promoting Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace, June 15th

If you did not select a workshop when registering on-line there are still spaces remaining on several workshops and you can sign up on the day at the registration desk.


Workshop A:  Workplace stress from a regulatory perspective
(Patricia Murray, Senior Psychologist, Organisational)/Inspector, Health and Safety Authority)


Workshop B: Bullying, ill-treatment and redress utopia
(Patricia Mannix McNamara & Sarah MacCurtain)
Description:  This workshop will draw from a range of data sets that examine the issues associated with seeking formal redress for workplace bullying and ill treatment. In particular it will draw attention to the abuses of power both formally and informally in organisations and through case studies will showcase the problematic inherent with current anti bullying policies and procedures in the workplace.


Workshop C:  Organisation Challenges: Growing the wellbeing agenda
(Michelle Staunton, HR Projects & Engagement Manager, CIPD)
Description: This workshop will explore how creating a culture of wellbeing can address organisational challenges such as absenteeism and presenteeism. This interactive workshop will pay particular attention to the role of the line manager in employee wellbeing.

Workshop D:  Building a network can be easy. The problem is how to maintain it! 
(Roberto Moretti, ATS di Bergamo)
Description: Bergamo WHP network is made by over 100 companies and involves since 2011 almost 25.000 workers. The workshop intends to explore successful and critical points in building a network.


Workshop E:  Developing a work place policy
(Helen McAvoy, IPH)
Description: There are many different types of workplace – and many different approaches to developing health and wellbeing policy! This workshop will look at some of the approaches that organisations have taken in the design of their health and wellbeing policies. Participants will explore the value and pitfalls of processes like needs assessment, quantitative and qualitative research methods and structured engagement in the co-design of health and wellbeing policies in the workplace.   


Workshop F:  Making the business case
(John Griffiths, Work2Health, Wales)
Description: The willingness of organisations to engage in workplace health promotion is often determined by key figures in the senior management team, possibly the Chief Executive, or in the case of a medium or small enterprise, the owner. The critical question that those of us advocating workplace health promotion initiatives is’ do the key gatekeepers in an organisation see workplace health promotion as a cost or as an investment?

This workshop will consider the issues associated with this question, cost or investment, and will seek to draw on existing data and experience to identify the key steps that can be taken when trying to ‘win over’ those who are reluctant to commit their organisations to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of staff. The workshop will be very interactive, drawing from the participants own experience of working in this field. It will be oriented to identifying practical ways of overcoming the resistance found in many organisations. 


Workshop G (Knowledge Transfer Session):  Evidence of effectiveness of workplace wellbeing programmes 
(Robert Murphy, DOH)