Curbing Employee Burnout

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What You’ll Learn:: 
The Future of Workplace Wellbeing and Employee Mental Health
The World Health Organization (WHO) classified burnout as an official medical diagnosis in 2019, and the effects of emotional and mental exhaustion can have devastating effects on both your employees' wellbeing and your organization's bottom line. It's also more common than you might think. Poor work/life balance, lack of recognition, confusion over job expectations and a negative company culture can all lead to burnout.
The continuing COVID-19 crisis, which required many organizations to shift to digital workplaces overnight and led to a staggering unemployment rate in the United States, pushes additional stress and expectations on employees who are uncertain about what the future holds. In addition, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other black Americans have taken a toll on employees across organizations and industries as we grapple to address racial injustice and overcome systemic racism.
How can communicators effectively support employees before burnout takes over? Join us to learn how you can approach employee wellbeing holistically and realistically—and ways to curb workplace stress even during ongoing crises. Plus, hear about the latest research and trends on employee wellbeing that will inform your initiatives moving forward.
You'll learn:
  • How to help your workforce adjust to the "new normal"
  • Best strategies for communicating with remote and dispersed employees
  • Ways to help employees understand their value to your organization as a whole and how they're involved in achieving your mission and vision
  • How to open the lines of communication between leaders and employees and foster safe spaces where employees can open up about their concerns
  • How to balance necessary goals and deadlines with the effects of current crises and other stressors can decrease both wellbeing and productivity
  • Takeaways for creating meaningful employee benefits and wellness programs—and ensuring your workplace takes advantage of them
  • How to address workload and work/life balance amid working from home
  • Setting up processes that outline clear expectations and decrease uncertainty
  • How to help leaders increase empathy and effectiveness through listening and responding to employee feedback
  • Tips and tools to building a culture of wellbeing within your workplace
July 2020

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Fran Dean-Bishop is a management consultant and the award-winning President and CEO for Aerobodies, Inc., a health and wellbeing corporate service provider. She established a 20-year track record as a business leader, publisher, speaker and technology innovator, founding Aerobodies, Inc. in 1997 as a provider of health management and business consulting services to private and public sector organizations. She currently leads a team of 50 employees and contractors serving 20 different federal agencies and private sector companies in the areas of workforce management, health technology integration, enterprise-level activation and engagement systems. A certified Executive Leadership Coach, she serves on the boards of the National Contract Managers Association Tysons Chapter and the Northern Virginia Technology Council as a Co-Chairwoman of the Healthcare Committee. She is also a professionally certified master wellness coach.

Tanya Gibson is the vice president of diversity, equity, inclusion, and human resources for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She supports the national office as a strategic business partner for human resources initiatives as well as providing support to the 240 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country. She also leads the organization's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She's a champion for ensuring that all dimensions of diversity, equity and inclusion are a priority for all staff, mentors and the communities in which Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring. She has worked in HR for more than 10 years in a variety of industries.

Taylor Adams is the Manager of Workplace Mental Health at Mental Health America, which includes managing MHA's Bell Seal for Workplace Mental Health, an employer certification program to guide and recognize companies who are creating mentally healthy workplaces. Her primary role is to provide technical assistance and resources to companies who are evaluating and refining policies to better support employee mental health and well-being. She previously served as Manager of Programs and Operations and as Board Liaison. Prior to working at MHA, Adams was a Public Policy Assistant for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. As an undergraduate, she served as president for an award-winning Active Minds chapter for three years.

Brittany Ray is Senior Global Change Management Specialist at, where she helps teams across the company's more than 180 global offices drive effective adoption of product and commercial innovations. Ray is also the head of's resource and support group for black employees and allies, B.Bold. She helps organizations to define, develop and implement strategies for winning and ensures that her teams are set up for success, driving consistent and exceptional results that exceed customer expectations and adapt to industry competitiveness.