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Future of Work: Building Back Better – Mental Health and Wellbeing

Tuesday 29 Jun | 12.00 - 13.00

In our first event of a new BCCJ series, Future of Work: Building Back Better, we will discuss the impact the pandemic’s had on mental health - for employers, employees and families. In this one hour session “Mental Health and Wellbeing” we’ll consider the fallout of poor mental health on communities and the economy.

Location

Online

Price

Members: ¥0

Non Members: ¥1,500

Written by Sarah Backley

Whether or not we’d like to admit it, everyone is stressed.

Workers across the world have been operating remotely for more than a year and according to a recent survey by Forbes, some 78% believe the COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted their mental health.

As we begin to consider a post-pandemic “return” to the office,  front-of-mind for employees are work-life balance and flexibility. The workforce of 2021 is seemingly keen to see organisations place greater emphasis on mental health and well-being.

Meanwhile companies are reassessing their HR policies, and traditional working practices are being challenged at every juncture. Employers are having to tread carefully regarding summoning employees to their pre-pandemic workplaces and routines, acutely aware of the impact the past year’s had on psychological and physical health.

So, what’s the prognosis?

In our first event of a new BCCJ series, Future of Work: Building Back Better, we will discuss the impact the pandemic’s had on mental health – for employers, employees and families. In this one hour session “Mental Health and Wellbeing” we’ll consider the fallout of poor mental health on communities and the economy. We’ll look at why certain workers have adapted well to virtual work and others are struggling to juggle multiple challenges (mental health/childcare/working in a non-office environment). We’ll point to research on how work has completely shifted the mindset of workers due to working from home practices. And we’ll offer suggestions for creating healthier workplaces in the post-Covid era.

Speakers

Vickie Skorji | Director, TELL Lifeline

Vickie has a Master’s in Counseling from Monash University in Australia, with specialist training in neuropsychology. Since 2004, she has worked with TELL in various capacities, from a therapist to the Lifeline Director in 2013.

During her time at TELL, she has developed a range of suicide prevention, mental health, and psychological first aid programs aimed at addressing the countries high suicide rates and the stigma surrounding mental health. She also has special interests in youth mental health issues, stress management, cultural adjustment, sexual assault & domestic violence.

Vickie has a Master’s in Counseling from Monash University in Australia, with specialist training in neuropsychology. Since 2004, she has worked with TELL in various capacities, from a therapist to the Lifeline Director in 2013.

During her time at TELL, she has developed a range of suicide prevention, mental health, and psychological first aid programs aimed at addressing the countries high suicide rates and the stigma surrounding mental health. She also has special interests in youth mental health issues, stress management, cultural adjustment, sexual assault & domestic violence.

Karin Wellbrock | Partner, COO, Kay Group K.K.

Karin focuses on developing current and future leaders who are authentic for Japanese and global organisations. By identifying the seeds of talent in individuals and teams, she enables leaders at all levels to recognise, plan and develop to become the leaders they want to be. In that context she works increasingly more with women and younger talent who want to break the glass ceiling or other norms.

A German national, she has worked and lived in Asia, Europe, and the US, and is a native speaker of German and English.

Before Kay Group, she held leadership roles in Hi-Tech and Big Four consulting firms.

Karin focuses on developing current and future leaders who are authentic for Japanese and global organisations. By identifying the seeds of talent in individuals and teams, she enables leaders at all levels to recognise, plan and develop to become the leaders they want to be. In that context she works increasingly more with women and younger talent who want to break the glass ceiling or other norms.

A German national, she has worked and lived in Asia, Europe, and the US, and is a native speaker of German and English.

Before Kay Group, she held leadership roles in Hi-Tech and Big Four consulting firms.

Joshua Bryan | Director of Financial Services, Legal, HR and Support division, Robert Walters Japan [moderator]

Joshua has nearly 20 years of experience living in Japan, including 15 years in the global business community in Tokyo. He is passionate about mental health and wellness and as of January 2021 serves as a board member at TELL Japan, an NPO dedicated to providing effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community.

Joshua has nearly 20 years of experience living in Japan, including 15 years in the global business community in Tokyo. He is passionate about mental health and wellness and as of January 2021 serves as a board member at TELL Japan, an NPO dedicated to providing effective support and counseling services to Japan’s international community.