This was the key theme of the 2006 Health, Work and Wellness conference. I was pleased to attend and see many new and old, familiar faces in the work-life and workplace wellbeing field. It was great to see how this conference has matured over the 10 years that it has been running. All in all, I would say it was a great success thanks to the hard work of Deborah Connors (Jones), HWW President, her conference leadership team and the many volunteer committees.
Key Take Away Thoughts Include:
- We are well into the skilled labour crunch and organizations that address work-life balance and wellbeing issues will be better equipped to survive. Those that don’t get it likely won’t survive in the long term.
- Organizations are now getting very strategic about linking wellbeing plans to overall organizational strategy. A great example of a company that is doing this is Envision Financial.
- Women entrepreneaurs are the fastest growing sector in the Canadian economy. A 200% increase in the last 20 years.
- Treating employees like "owners" as opposed to "renters" can result in great organizational gains.
In the coming days, further summary information from the conference will be posted on the website.
Health, Work and Wellness 2007 will be held in Toronto October 17 to 20, 2007 and the theme is "Conquering the Chaos". The theme will focus on finding solutions to the emerging technological issues and 24/7 work-life issues.