Cultivating Safe and Supportive Workplaces

Cultivating Safe & Supportive Workplaces

Have you thought about what it would look and feel like if you were not just physically safe at work but psychologically safe, too? What elements need to be in place to create an environment where you feel that you could be your true self, where you didn’t have to “mask or downplay” elements of who you are? What about speaking up about things that matter or having those hard conversations – do you feel that you can do that without fear that it will somehow negatively impact your career? If you lead a team, how do you think they might answer these questions?

Most of us understand the importance of being physically safe at work but fewer people have had the opportunity to explore how a proactive approach and ongoing commitment to psychological health safety is a key component of healthy and inclusive workplace cultures.

In this webinar you will:

    • gain an understanding of the often-misunderstood term psychological health and safety;
    • learn about the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety and the 13 psychosocial factors in the workplace;
    • explore how to have psychologically safe conversations; and
    • leave with practical, simple tips and tools that can be applied in the workplace immediately

Tuesday June 22, 2021
12:00-1:00pm PDT

Register Online

Questions? Please contact alumni.careers@ubc.ca.

About the Speakers

Kristin Bower

Kristin brings her two decades of human resources and equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) experience to a wide variety of clients and has led work in the areas of EDI strategy development, intercultural competency and unconscious bias training, workplace culture, Reconciliation and Indigenous history, disability and inclusive employment programs and mental health awareness and training. She leads with curiosity, not judgement, and is committed to creating inclusive organizations, institutions, products, services, and healthy communities. Kristin studied Human Resources Management at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and holds an Award of Achievement in Diversity & Inclusion from the University of British Columbia.

Previously recognized with Open Door Group’s UnTapped Award for her mental health advocacy work, she is a frequent speaker at conferences and in workplaces and has collaborated with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Conference Board of Canada. Her writing has been published in People Talk and Visions magazine and the Good Money blog, among other publications, and she has been featured in The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio and Roundhouse Radio. She is also the co-author of the provincially and federally funded Untapped Talent: B2B Guide to Innovative Hiring and Retention. She currently sits on the Advisory Committee for the BC CMHA and Province of British Columbia’s Workplace Mental Health Hub.

Annika Lofstrand, BA’92

Annika is a senior human resource professional and entrepreneur who has always believed that inclusive leadership and welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and respectful workplace cultures are what every organization should be striving for. Annika has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia and the designation of a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). Much of her undergraduate degree was focused on the study of people and culture and included courses in general and Indigenous anthropology.

Annika’s HR expertise: equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lends to people practices and business background enable her to understand and meet the needs of small and large organizations across sectors. She looks to build skill and capacity wherever possible and to ensure the strategy, framework, program, or service is aligned to the vision, desired workplace culture and organizational goals.

Annika led the diversity strategy as the Director, Talent Management at Vancity and is a partner and co-founder of Leda HR – focusing on working with organizations to disrupt and evolve HR processes and practices to create equitable and people-centered workplace cultures, leadership, and teams. She has also served on the Board and led the diversity and inclusion committee for Alexandra Neighbourhood House since 2014. Annika’s approach is to be curious about opportunities, inclusive in her approach, a trusted partner, innovative, a big picture thinker and someone who delivers.

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