Becoming an employer of choice: how flexible work practices and a focus on...
Flexibility in the workplace and fostering a mentally health workplace culture can help employees balance the changing demands of professional and personal life, and are key aspects of creating inclusive and diverse workplaces. But there is also an increasing body of evidence to show that these initiatives produce strong business outcomes by positively influencing productivity and employee engagement, reducing the costs of absenteeism and improving general health and wellbeing.
Join us for an interactive discussion with our panel of experts covering topics like:
The benefits and challenges of creating an inclusive workplace
Return on investing in mental health
Making flexible work practices work for individuals and organisations
Evidence based links between flexible work and the mental health status of employees
Kevin Cocks - Commissioner, Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland
Kevin, a highly respected human rights and disabilities advocate, has held the position of Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner since February 2011. Kevin holds a Masters of Social Welfare, Administration and Planning from the University of Queensland and has received many Community Recognition awards as well as being made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2005 for his promotion of human rights for people with disability in Australia.
Tony Stevenson - National CEO, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia
Tony has more than 30 years' experience in the non-profit sector. As a visionary leader, he strives to promote organisational growth, cohesive operations, effective communications, positive outcomes and staff engagement. Tony is experienced in business management and believes in the importance of leadership. For him, leadership is about translating a burning ambition within people and organisations into creating a better world, especially for people experiencing social exclusion, disadvantage or challenges in their lives. He believes in the intrinsic value of humanity and the right of everyone to live the life of their choice in their community.
Professor Paula Brough - School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University
Paula Brough is a Professor of Organisational Psychology in the School of Applied Psychology at Griffith University, and the Leader of the Healthy Workplaces Research Group within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland. Professor Brough's research focuses on three primary areas:
- Enhancing employee mental health and wellbeing
- Reducing experiences of occupational stress within high risk industries (police, corrections, fire services etc)
- Assessing both practical and theoretical components of work-life balance and related constructs.
Dominic McGann - Chairman of Partners, McCullough Robertson Lawyers
Dominic is the Chairman of Partners of McCullough Robertson, a leading Australian law firm with 52 partners and close to 450 staff. Prior to joining the firm he held prominent positions with the Queensland Government for seven years. Dominic is also a Queensland Male Champion of Change, and is personally and professionally committed to using his influence and position of leadership to achieve change on gender equality issues in organisations and communities.
The panel will be moderated by Andrew Chesterman. Andrew has an extensive background in strategic leadership and public administration and has held various senior executive and CEO positions across the public sector. An engaging and motivating leader, Andrew builds purpose-driven, collaborative organisations. In 2014, Andrew garnered the support across all Directors-General in the Queensland Government to raise departmental awareness and implement workplace strategies to respond to domestic and family violence. He also personally initiated Government's involvement in the Queensland Male Champions of Change program, commenced its current Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and is a passionate advocate for children with disabilities.
Join us for refreshments and networking following the panel discussion.