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Establishing a Mentally Healthy Workplace During and Post-Covid 19 Online Conference


Cost per attendee: £195 + VAT (£234)
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Pre-Covid, establishing a mentally healthy workplace was already high on the boardroom agenda. How much more so now, with the almost endless list of stress and worry that this pandemic has brought to all. Employees working from home are feeling isolated and having to use unfamiliar technology, often with great family pressures; whilst furloughed employees feel their job security is threatened. Those back in the office are fearful of their increased risk of contracting the virus and all amidst a constantly changing and uncertain economic climate. If business is continue and thrive, employers must support their workforce.

A comprehensive virtual half-day interactive conference that combines the necessary medical, HR, risk mitigation, legal and operational elements into a robust management plan. In-depth expert presentations feature dedicated sessions to address delegate questions, challenges and concerns. Full resources, including downloads, handouts and reference material will be provided.

Why Attend?

  • Learn from BFI's two decades of pandemic planning training, with a specific focus on the current Covid-19 pandemic
  • Previous pandemics such as Avian Flu and SARS did not necessitate such extreme global social distancing and lock-down measures; your employees, working in completely unfamiliar circumstances, will be struggling to adapt
  • Your staff are feeling isolated, vulnerable and afraid -they are home-schooling, working remotely, using unfamiliar technology and dealing with unforeseen caring roles and job uncertainty
  • A plethora of speculation around a rapidly-evolving research field, means employers need to work to disseminate truthful information calmly, discouraging panic and rumour.

There are also issues arising around the return to work and how employees need to be supported through leaving furlough and being comfortable returning to the workplace, as well as ensuring those who are made redundant are also adequately cared for. 

An expert speaker line-up will address the challenges employers are facing and deliver workable, practical and effective strategies to identify and manage potential mental health challenges on your workforce.

In-depth sessions are complemented by interactive opportunities to have your personal concerns addressed and network with fellow professionals facing the same challenges.

Feedback from our 21st Pandemic Planning Conference, March 2020:
Lots of practical takeaways and invaluable advice. Excellent day - Head of Thought Leadership, BCI

Interesting and relevant. If still a lot of unknowns - Head of Health and Safety, Muller UK and Ireland LLP

Very interesting, well-qualified speakers - UK Business Continuity Manager, Telefonica

Good flow from different areas of expertise - Group Safety Director, FirstGroup PLC

Good speakers, good content, very useful at this time either now or to stop what we do - EHS Advisor, Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Excellent speakers, well-run event - Crisis Simulation Director, YUDU Sentinel

Very credible and useful advice - Business Manager, Hampshire Trust Bank


VIEW: Free teaser video (coming soon)

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Health and Safety, Business Continuity Planning, Occupational Health, Contingency and Business Continuity Planning, Recruitment, Resourcing, Legal & Compliance, Line Management, Employee Relations, Security, Risk, Compliance, Strategy, Operations, and all directors and staff with responsibilities within this area.


Welcome and introduction

Elizabeth Smith

Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research
Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

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Elizabeth Smith

Director of Research , Business Forums International Ltd. (BFI)

Elizabeth is director of research and a founding co-director at Business Forums International. She is responsible for all programme content and writing, and researches current areas of interest for senior HR professionals in large organisations. BFI is the UK’s leading HR risk specialist conference and training provider, delivering key and timely information to over 3,000 delegates a year both through public and in-house training courses. Before founding BFI in 1996, Elizabeth specialised in researching corporate financial programmes in Asia and the Middle East, based in Dubai. She also worked in advertising and publishing in the Middle East and London. Elizabeth was educated in the West Indies, Saudi Arabia and Belgium before reading Modern Languages at Durham University. She is currently developing an online training course for line managers to raise awareness of menopause symptoms and ways that employers can work to make their workplaces more inclusive.

Welcome and rules of engagement: chat, networking, interaction, Q&A

What are the mental health issues employers are facing now and long-term?

  • What proactive measures should you be taking?
  • Warning signs: particularly vulnerable employees and protected groups - support strategies you need to implement now
  • Specific areas to consider: post-furlough concerns, bereavement, stress
  • EAPs, apps, websites, counselling and other resources
  • Technology and the human touch: how can you recreate supportive environments remotely?

Q&A session

Virtual tea break and delegate networking session

Don't miss the chance to have a virtual cuppa with your fellow delegates. We will provide a networking room with interactive functions and the option to see and hear your peers. Swap war stories, examine possible solutions to the challenges you're facing as employers or join the 'what I wish I'd known' debate.

Alternatively, take a break and have some fresh air, tutor the kids in maths or meditate for 30 minutes.


Planning and managing a controlled and viable return to work

  • Realistically managing and monitoring information flows: who, what, when and how?
  • Communicating risk assessments and new protocols appropriately
  • Engaging trade union support and collaboration to promote good mental health
  • Strategies for travel, starting and ending times and other supporting measures

Warning signs and red flags

  • Proactive strategies: what to look out for?
  • Domestic abuse, substance misuse and other serious concerns: starting and managing difficult conversations
  • Essential training issues for line management
  • Changes in performance and productivity
  • Sickness, absenteeism, anger, withdrawal and difficulty with transitions

Legal and policy issues you must consider

Interactive Q&A, learning points, next steps

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