Designing work to achieve well-being and service improvements


Keynote talk by Graham Lowe at the 2017 Healthy Workplaces Conference.

Description: Drawing on the latest evidence about workplace wellness and organizational performance, Graham will provide practical insights that will help you to be an effective wellness leader. His talk will address 3 questions: 1) What are the ingredients of a successful workplace wellness strategy?; 2) How can you link a healthy and safe work environment to your organization’s strategic goals? 3) As a wellness leader, how can you guide your organization down the path to being truly healthy?

 2017 Healthy Workplaces Conference   

The Lister Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Friday, October 13, 2017

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Sponsored by The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project

Building a Culture of Health and Safety

We welcome you to this half day seminar on “Building a Culture of Health and Safety” presented by UBC Okanagan, Andrew Peller Limited and WorkSafeBC. 

The benefits of a positive workplace culture can’t be ignored. This workshop provides safety professionals, human resource professionals, supervisors, management leaders and others with basic principles to help you engage your organization in building a culture of health and safety. Join our accomplished community speakers Graham Lowe and Tracey Hawthorn as they share their insights and perspectives on achieving safer, healthier and more productive workplaces.

“Make Safety a Habit” and participate with us in North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week 2017. NAOSH week is May 7-13. 

Date:  Friday May 12th, 2017   Time:  8:00am –  11:30am Location:  UBC Okanagan University Centre (UNC) Room 200 Cost:  No Charge – Registration Required  (

WEBINAR: Building resilience for leaders and organizations

Graham Lowe will present a one-hour webinar on Building Resilience for Leaders and Organizations

Live Event: May 26, 2017 – 11:00am PST, 2:00pm EST

Successful leaders have the capacity to thrive in the face of adversity and feel confident, optimistic and hopeful about the future. These traits – which can be learned – contribute to leaders’ personal well-being, that of their employees and a more successful organization.

You will learn:  what resilience is;  how the latest research links it to employee well-being and organizational performance;  how building resilience contributes to a psychologically health work environment; and  the steps you can take to build resilience in your organization.

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This Effective Workplace Webinar  is sponsored by the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD)

Big Ideas Speaker Series @ Rotman – Frank Graves & Graham Lowe

Frank Graves and I are pleased to be part of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Big Ideas Speaker series. Our presentation will be based on our new book, Redesigning Work: A Blueprint for Canada’s Future Well-Being and Prosperity (Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2016).

 June 21, 2017. 4 – 5 pm


Rotman School of Management
105 St. George Street, Toronto




Designing Work to Improve Well-being and Performance

I will be presenting a talk on “Designing Work to Improve Well-being and Performance” at the Conference Board’s Council on Workplace Health and Wellness in Vancouver, May 25, 2017

The talk is based on my new book, with Frank Graves, Redesigning Work. Here is a description of the talk:

Canadians’ quality of life is above average compared with other nations, yet we have the potential to do better. For this to happen, we must connect the quality of work with the overall quality of life. Evidence presented in my new book (with Frank Graves), Redesigning Work, show rising levels of job stress, work-life conflict and job dissatisfaction among Canadians over the past decade. These work problems detract from a person’s quality of life, as well as from their job performance. In this presentation, I will explore how modest changes in people’s jobs and workplaces – changes that reflect what they want and need – will improve overall well-being, raise work engagement levels and result in a more innovative, collaborative and effective workforce.

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
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