Thursday, September 23, 2021

COVID-19 and Employee Mental Health: One Year Later

In September, 2020, the Ethics Centre and the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre presented a webinar focused on “COVID-19 and Employee Mental Health”.  The goal of this online event – held six months into the global pandemic – was to generate critical dialogue around the direct and indirect impact of COVID-19 and the resulting lockdowns on mental health in the workplace.

One year later, as companies and individuals continue to adapt to the socio-economic impact of the pandemic – including a gradual opening up of workspaces – business leaders are being called on to manage ongoing transitions with empathy and compassion, and to consider the health and well-being of their employees through continued change. To promote ongoing conversation, the Ethics Centre held a second online forum to re-visit the issue of COVID-19 and Employee Mental Health.

Discussion topics included:

-The risks companies and individuals are facing and how those risks are being mitigated;

-The direction that labour/employment law is taking and associated potential long-term implications;

-What employers can do to support employees in this new and still-evolving environment.

This event took place on Thursday, September 23, 2021. Moderated by Dr. Chris MacDonald, Associate Professor Department of Law & Business and Director, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre, the panel included:

-Dr. Ash Bender, Staff Psychiatrist and Medical Head of the Work, Stress, and Health Program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH);

-Dr. Pnina Alon-Shenker, Associate Professor, Department of Law and Business at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University;

-Scott Milligan, Chief Corporate Officer, LifeWorks; and

-Kate McNeill-Keller, Partner, Labour and Employment, McCarthy Tetrault.

Click here to watch the webinar: