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Mental Health at Work: Addressing Diverse Challenges in the Workplace

NOV 30, 2020

Every HR and business leader has been faced with growing mental health concerns among their employees. The number of adults reporting symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder during the pandemic has jumped to one in three, from an average of one in ten before February.

In this session of Redesigning the Future of Work, we continued our conversation on Mental Health at Work, focusing on how leaders can best address mental health challenges given the diverse needs among their workforce.

Some of the key take-aways you will hear include:

  • 50%+ of our attendees reported managers at their companies have not received leadership training on how to address mental health challenges with their team. There is a major opportunity for companies to provide more resources and training.
  • 62% of employees feel more comfortable talking about mental health when a leader openly discusses it themselves.
  • Ask your team open-ended questions about how to best get their work done.
  • Encourage employees to review their individual achievements since January 2020 to prepare for performance reviews and shift to a strengths-based mindset.


Featuring Expert HR + Mental Health Panelists:

Elizabeth Seigerman, Vice President, People – Global Teams, WW (formerly Weight Watchers)

Elizabeth Seigerman is a seasoned and pragmatic Human Resources executive leading people strategies for global teams at WW (formerly Weight Watchers). Prior to joining WW, Elizabeth drove people strategies and solutions at Mercer, American Express and Colgate-Palmolive, guided by a three-part goal to drive business results, improve the employee experience, and reduce costs.

Dr. Claire J. Green-Forde, LCSW, Executive Director, National Association of Social Workers, NYC Chapter

Dr. Claire J. Green-Forde, Executive Director for the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, is a non-profit executive leader and unapologetic social justice advocate. Dr. Claire is a New York and New Jersey based Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose work and interests focus on the intersectionality of behavioral health, criminal justice, social disparities, trauma, and human development.

Kira Copperman, LMSW, Inspire Expert, Leadership Coaching + Multi-Generational Workplaces

Kira Copperman is an Expert on the Inspire HR team, certified leadership coach, training facilitator, and strategist whose focus is optimizing the effectiveness of leaders. An award-winning researcher, keynote speaker, and expert on multi-generational workplace management, Kira is also the author of Gen-Speak®: Communication Strategies for the New Generational Mix at Work and Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication for the Modern Workplace.