Webinar: Resolving conflicts with a mental health dimension (July 2)

Resolving Conflict (webinar)
July 2, 2014, 1:30 EST (2:30 Atlantic)

The ability to resolve conflict is critical to effectively manage workplace issues. Employees experiencing mental health challenges may have difficulty maintaining healthy co-worker relationships if perceptions are distorted in such a way that it feels like others are judging, criticizing, or threatening you and/or your work. When faced with conflict involving one or more employees experiencing mental health concerns you may ask:

  • How can I best support this employee’s mental health while still resolving conflict between co-workers?
  • Is it possible to resolve conflict without triggering an employee’s irritability, defensiveness, low self-esteem or self-doubt?
  • How can I ensure these conflicts don’t continue in the future?

This webinar provides practical strategies and tools to help address conflict, especially when mental health is a factor and you will hear us demo the approach!

Register online: http://mindfulemployer.ca/product/resolving-conflict-july-2-mindful-manager-webinar-series


You will learn how to:

  • Support an employee when resolving conflict so they feel you’re both working towards their success
  • Avoid triggering negative emotions while addressing issues
  • Stay focused on solutions rather than on who is right or wrong

This webinar led by Mary Ann Baynton:


  • Is relevant for managers, supervisors, team leaders, union reps, HR, and occupational health
  • Costs only $60 for as many participants as you can fit around a computer screen
  • Takes no more than 2 hours – 1 hour of pre-work and 1 hour of webinar
  • Includes real-life examples and experiences
  • Provides opportunity to have your questions answered

“Not Myself Today” mood buttons – helping or hurting mental health at Dal

There are mixed reviews about the effectiveness of the “Not Myself Today” mood buttons.  What are your thoughts?

Do the buttons get people talking about emotions and mental health in the workplace or do they trivialize the experience of those who are concerned about naming these kinds of issues at work?

Research Study: Caregivers Employed at Dalhousie University

Researchers in the School of Health and Human Performance, Division of Health Promotion, at Dalhousie University are seeking participants for their study that aims to describe employed caregivers’ experiences with their work and caregiving roles and to explore potential strategies to promote personal health and workplace productivity. Participants must be current employees of Dalhousie University who are providing ongoing, informal/unpaid care to an adult family member or friend.

Participation is voluntary and will require attendance to a face-to-face meeting that will include an interview discussion and the completion of a questionnaire. Participating will take approximately 85-100 minutes at a time convenient to the participant. This study has been approved by Dalhousie University’s Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (#2014-3258).

If you meet these criteria, wish to participate, and/or would like further information, please contact Leslie Binnington (Research Assistant: ls428016@dal.ca) or Dr. Brad Meisner (Principal Investigator: Brad.Meisner@Dal.ca).

Be a Mindful Manager

Those managers, supervisors, or union reps who are known to effectively handle and resolve workplace problems increase their value to the organization and contribute to improving overall workplace mental health.

Mary Ann Baynton has worked with managers who have been stressed or even traumatized by dealing with mental health issues of employees. There is a better way to recognize and respond. Yet, you do not need to become a mental health expert or act as a therapist for your staff. What you need are tools to resolve issues and support employee productivity without risking your own career or health.

Join her for a free webinar at 1:30 pm EST on Wednesday, January 29th. Register today and begin your path to Becoming a Mindful Manager.




“Working Through It” newsletter subscription

It’s reasonable to assume that, on occasion, we may find ourselves overwhelmed, stressed or challenged by pressures that affect us at work. Maintaining good mental health, and providing support for those who may be coping with a mental health-related issue is in everyone’s best interest.

That’s why Human Resources at Dalhousie is sharing a resource, called “Working Through It,” with those who want to subscribe, as part of our ongoing approach to mental health education and awareness at Dal.

The resources cover a variety of mental health-related issues experienced by real people while they were at work, off work or returning to work. It also includes videos of people who went through tough times while at work who discuss coping strategies and experiences, and share printable resources.

If interested, subscribe by sending an email to HealthyDal@Dal.ca with “Working Through It” in the subject line. Over the next several months, you will be sent an email each week that will highlight a different component of Working Through It, which is part of a broader initiative of Workplace Strategies for Mental Health. The emails will provide links to resources that can help all of us be more aware of mental health at work, and how we can reach out to those who may be struggling.

It only takes a few minutes of your workday to watch the short video or review the resources in the weekly emails. Each email will have the subject line Working Through It, so it will be easily identifiable. Please share the links and resources with those who could benefit or to engage others in discussion of these issues.

An introduction to Working Through It is available by watching this video online.

(“Working Through It” is a registered trademark of The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario and Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario carrying on business as a joint venture.)