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 (www.hrpa.ca)