Mental Health in the Workplace: HR’s Role in Promoting Environments of Acceptance and Productivity

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will identify strategies to create mental-health-friendly work environments that diminish stigma and are conducive to employee productivity.

Mental health problems can have a negative impact on an employee's productivity and the overall morale of an organization. Stress, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems may contribute to increased absenteeism, lateness, and an employee's overall drive to do well and succeed in a company. This session will explore strategies that HR professionals can utilize to retain workers with mental health problems and to create supportive and accessible environments that allow for increased productivity, especially during this current time of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the consequences of mental health problems in the workplace.
  • Identify how to recognize mental health problems in the workplace.
  • Apply strategies and identify resources to accommodate and support employees' mental health and wellness.
  • Recognize the benefits to businesses who promote mental-health-friendly practices.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 10:15am to 11:15am
Presenter: 

Joni N. Dolce

Joni N.
Dolce

Joni N. Dolce, MS, CRC, CPRP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at Rutgers School of Health Professions. Joni has several years of experience working in supported employment services, providing both direct employment services and supervising staff. She has authored and co-authored several articles and workbooks on employment. Joni was a co-principal investigator on a study exploring Human Resource professionals’ views on hiring individuals with mental health conditions and is currently the principal investigator of a study looking at hiring managers’ perspectives on job candidates with mental health conditions. She speaks and provides workshops and trainings locally and nationally on a variety of employment related topics. Joni teaches academic courses on the topics of career services and communication techniques. Joni enjoys spending time with her family and tries to practice yoga whenever she has the opportunity.

Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Competency: 
HR Expertise
Relationship Management
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