How to Create a Healthier Organization

Workshop by Graham Lowe at the 15th Annual Health & Safety Conference Society of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta. November 9, 2016

Workshop description:
This day-long workshop will help participants apply the ideas, tools and leading examples in Graham Lowe’s book, Creating Healthy Organizations: How Vibrant Workplaces Inspire Employees to Achieve Sustainable Success.
The workshop provides a forum for learning and action planning, enabling you to build the foundations for sustainable success. Is your organization nurturing the employee capabilities it will need to thrive in 2025? How can you better support employees to achieve health, safety and performance goals? What are the most cost-effective ways to promote employee wellbeing? By addressing these questions, participants will achieve the following objectives by the end of the day:
– Understand the business case for a healthy organization.
– Learn about the building blocks of a healthy organization.
– Identify opportunities for strengthening these building blocks.
– Find ways to strengthen their workplace culture.
– Leverage existing initiatives to more fully engage employees.
– Define the critical behaviours for wellbeing and performance.
– Assess progress toward healthy organization goals.
– Identify the best metrics for tracking workplace improvements.
The workshop will develop participants’ capacity for effective change. Participants will be encouraged to identify actions they can take in their day-to-day work that will contribute to a more positive, productive and healthy work environment. Participants also will identify cost-effective ways to better leverage and integrate OH&S, HR, learning, wellness, quality improvement, and social / environmental responsibility initiatives.

Psychological Safety – The Next Step in Building a Culture of Health, Safety and Performance

Plenary talk by Graham Lowe at the 14th Annual Conference, Health & Safety Conference Society of Alberta. Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta. October 30, 2015.
TALK DESCRIPTION: Employers in Canada and many other countries face mounting pressures to find better ways to reduce employee health and safety risks – and costs. These challenges are best addressed by viewing healthy and safe employees as a strategic advantage. This positive approach to risk reduction is guided by a workplace vision that sets mental and physical wellbeing as corporate goals. Evidence-based best practices point to four actions that OHS professionals can take to move their organization in this direction. First, expand occupational health and safety management systems to promote psychological safety. Second, collaborate with wellness and HR professionals to develop integrated approaches to employee wellbeing. Third, make full use of OHS and HR metrics to demonstrate connections between health, safety and performance. And fourth, never lose sight of fact that your organization’s culture – the value it places on people – is the foundation for healthy, safe and high-performing workplace.

The Wellness Dividend: How Healthy Organizations Maximize Employee Health, Safety and Performance

Graham Lowe will give a keynote talk at the The Organizational Health and Wellness Summit, OCT 22-23, 2015, KELOWNA, BC at the FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON HOTEL.
The Organizational Health and Wellness Summit will explore new frontiers of workplace health promotion and prevention. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for business leaders, union representatives, OH&S, frontline practitioners, HR professionals and researchers, to learn about the latest strategies for improving mental and physical health in Canadian workplaces.
Canadian employers are facing relentless pressures to reduce absenteeism, presenteeism, disability costs and to improve productivity and corporate bottom line. The speakers and their interactive sessions will focus on how these challenges are interconnected and that the best way forward is to “connect the dots”. The speakers and participants will work together towards developing an integrated, comprehensive and cost-effective framework that can be implemented in their organizations to address top-of-mind concerns that include the following:
– Reducing absenteeism and presenteeism;
– Reducing risks to psychological health and safety in workplaces;
– Improving employee engagement in existing wellness initiatives;
– Enabling employer-union collaboration to achieve health and wellness goals;
– Implementing best practices for work disability prevention;
– Taking a collaborative approach to return-to-work;
– Aligning health, safety and wellness initiatives with corporate strategy;
– Making a leadership commitment to creating healthier and safer workplaces;
– Encouraging a culture of wellness by engaging employees and employers.
Set in a beautiful Okanagan Valley with its abundance of top-rated wineries, the Summit is also an ideal place for networking and learning from other participants. The Summit reception and dinner will be held at Summerhill Winery, featuring Chef Jonas Stadtlander and organic, award-winning wines.
The Summit is sponsored by Diversified Rehabilitation Group
For more info and to register:

Workplace Wellness: Moving Foward

Graham Lowe will be a keynote speaker at the Southwest Region Workplace Health Network Workshop, May 27, 2015 in Stratford, Ontario. He also will facilitate an interactive session that engages participants in identifying healthy organization actions they can take to move forward.

Joan Burton Memorial’ Comprehensive Workplace Health Leadership Symposium

‘Joan Burton Memorial’Comprehensive Workplace Health Leadership Symposium
Tuesday April 21 2015
From 8:30 a.m. to Noon
Mississauga ON
Featuring Keynote Speaker – Graham Lowe
Your Future Wellness Dividend: How Healthy Organizations Maximize Employee Health and Safety for Sustainable Success
Managers and health and safety practitioners in Canada and many other countries face mounting pressures to find better ways to reduce employee health and safety risks and, at the same time, achieve higher levels of performance. These challenges are best addressed by viewing employee wellbeing as a strategic human capital advantage. This positive approach to workplace improvement is guided by a healthy organization vision. A healthy organization forges strong links between wellness, key human resource goals, and performance. Wellbeing is viewed as a leading indicator of employees’ capabilities and, equally critical, sustainable business success in the future. Evidence-based insights from current research support this approach and provide principles that can help employers reap a significant ‘wellness dividend’.
Can’t make it in person? Join us from 8:30-12noon via WEBINAR
For questions or additional information about the event please contact the OWHC at or go to:

Gaming the Hospital for High Quality Patient Care – SXSW Panel

SXSW Interactive, Austin Texas. 15 March 2015
Panel on : Gaming the Hospital for High Quality Patient Care
Hospitals in the US are in crisis. Pressure and stress threaten to create disengaged hospital workers an unsettling prospect that can be dangerous to patients. Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act ushered in a shift to value-based purchasing, which ties payer dollars to quality of patient care. To ensure high-quality patient experiences, an outcome dependent on the dedication, skill and compassion of healthcare workers, interactive gaming may aid hospitals seeking to improve employee engagement.
In this panel we’ll discuss the opportunity for gamification to boost hospital staff engagement, which improves when employees believe their hospital truly values quality care and have clear, measurable goals allowing them to understand how their performance drives hospital success. Interactive platforms enabling real-time evaluation and game mechanics that engage employees with friendly competition can solve problems in the hospital workplace related to high stress and low sense of community.
Presenters: Clint Carlos, CEO & Founder, AMPT Health (Gear Five Studio); Graham Lowe, President, Graham Lowe Group; Paula van de Nes, Director of Medical Strategy, LLNS