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.

Creating Healthy Organizations

Presentation at the”Research-to-Practice” day. Canadian Society for Training and Development 2010 annual conference. Toronto, November 17, 2010. For more information:

Webinar: Preserving organizational health in an economic crisis

Human Resources Professionals Association is sponsoring this live webinar presented by Merv Gilbert, Graham Lowe and Martin Shain.

Time: 12 – 1:30 pm (Eastern time). April 2, 2009

Cost: $59 for HRPA members, $89 for non-members


The global economic crisis threatens years of strategic investments employers have made to create engaged and capable workforces. Much has been done to restore the trust and loyalty lost during the 1990s. Employers have established unique brands based on cultures that value wellness, growth and balance. Collaborative relationships have been cultivated as the key to performance and innovation. Yet the economic crisis puts all these gains in developing and supporting employees at risk.

This webinar will provide managers and professionals in human resources and related areas with a better understanding of the implications of the economic crisis for their organization’s health, defined in terms of its human capabilities. The goal is to equip HR professionals to advise senior managers and business partners on effective ways to preserve the fragile people gains of the past decade.

Led by three national experts, the webinar will offer complementary organizational, psychological and legal-ethical perspectives on the human implications of the economic crisis.
Key topics include:
– Lessons from past recessions of the 1980s and 1990s
– Guidance around workplace mental health, employee stress and resilience
– Employers’ duty to provide a “psychologically safe” workplace
– Strategic HR during economic uncertainty
– Options for balancing employee needs, long-range workforce goals and short-term business realities
About the presenters:
Merv Gilbert, PhD, R.Psych, is a clinical psychologist and occupational health consultant. He holds an academic appointment at Simon Fraser University and is a senior consultant with the Centre for Applied Research on Mental Health and Addiction.

Graham Lowe, PhD, is president of The Graham Lowe Group Inc., a workplace consulting and research firm and a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Martin Shain is founder of the Neighbour at Work Centre , a professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University.

To register: Go to the HRPA website (