HR Indaba sessions to shed light on how healthy employees contribute to productivity


Join several speakers as they look at the impact of employee wellbeing and what employers can do to contribute to it.

Lana Hindmarch, CEO of BreatheCoWellbeing, Kyle Chetty, HR executive at Autoboys, and Judy Klipin, burnout prevention and recovery coach, will lead a conversation about how burnout is still a reality despite a flurry of wellbeing initiatives. You can find them in Boardroom 5 at 3.20pm.

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According to the World Health Organization, burnout is an occupational phenomenon. It is driven by a chronic imbalance between job demands and job resources, and is characterised by extreme tiredness, reduced ability to regulate cognitive and emotional processes, and mental distancing.

Yet, despite significant investment of resources towards employee mental health and wellbeing, many organisations are dealing with more cases of employee burnout than ever before. Lana, Judy and Kyle will share tips on how employers can and should respond to employee burnout through interventions focused on prevention rather than remediation.

In another session related to health and wellbeing, Guy Chennells, GM and head of product: employee benefits at Discovery, will be in Boardroom 5 at 10am to explore the competitive advantage of employee wellness, while Anna Siwiak, head: product development at Sanlam Umbrella Solutions will explain why integrated employee benefits are key to addressing health, wealth and self-care needs. She will be in Boardroom 5 at 11.20am.

Join Penny Hlubi, HR director at Bosch Holdings and Advisory Kulture CEO Ethel Kuuya in Boardroom 5 at 12.40pm, as they unpack workplace bullying.

Bullying has long been an issue in workplaces and encompasses a wide spectrum of behaviour, ranging from outright harassment to subtle unkind remarks. Nevertheless, regardless of its shape or form, bullying is indicative of a toxic workplace culture where such behaviours are, at best, enabled by policies and leadership styles and, at worst, encouraged. Even in the remote-work era, as technology opens new avenues for unkind behaviour, workplace bullies are finding creative ways to victimise their colleagues.

At 2pm in Boardroom 5, S'ne Magagula, CHRO at Tiger Brands, Sthembiso Phakathi, director: human capital practice at Deloitte Consulting, and Kutlwano Rawana, chief of people at Rectron, will be unpacking the Great Resignation.

The Great Resignation has become synonymous with work in the Covid-19 era as many employees have re-evaluated their views on work post-pandemic. It has spurred thousands of think pieces on topics like employee engagement, compensation, company culture, and work-life balance as employees take advantage of the tight labour market to find new jobs with better salaries, benefits, and work-life balance.

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