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A Healthy and Resilient Workforce

 

Wellbeing has become something of a buzzword in recent years and organisations have employed various services and tactics to improve employee wellbeing with variable results. The reason for this is that employee wellbeing is a complex issue that can only be tackled with a holistic approach to the matter.

The working lifespan is increasing, with that we have the issues of personal health, adapting work for people with caring responsibilities and planning for retirement.

Mental health problems are increasing, becoming a major cause of absenteeism and appear to be frequently linked to financial wellbeing.

Ireland is in the midst of a talent shortage and yet 20% of the female workforce are leaving the workplace completely for three years after having a child. 61% would also strongly take in to account the gender pay gap when considering an employer.

An increasingly multinational workforce does not have the family support mechanisms many of the indigenous population have when coping with issues of health and family.

This session examines how we can assess the needs of our workforce and ensure that a personalised system of support for mental, physical and financial wellbeing can be put into place. That support for staff is available concerning issues of family care. We also examine how the business benefits of such support packages can be evaluated.

 

Panel Member Profiles

Jim Kirwan

Today’s Chairperson is Jim Kirwan. Jim is a lifestyle and wellbeing coach and consultant and an FCIPD.

He’s an international speaker and a best selling author, in the age and fitness category on Amazon. His book, The eXercise Factor, shows you how to “Ease into the best shape of your life, regardless of your age, weight or current fitness level.” He chaired both Citywork conferences in Dublin and Edinburgh in 2018.

He’s many years of experience as an executive and entrepreneur and is the newly appointed Director of the Forever Young Club “A 50 PLUS Community which empowers our members to develop an active, healthy, sustainable lifestyle so you can achieve your goals and dreams”. This latest initiative is a collaboration with Pat Falvey the famous adventurer and explorer.

At 64 years of age, Jim has walked the talk of the Forever Young Club for a long time. His personal motto is “You don’t have to be fit and healthy to start, but you do have to start to be fit and healthy!”

Jennifer Liston-Smith

Director, Head of Thought Leadership, Coaching & Consultancy, My Family Care

Part of the My Family Care senior management team, Jennifer was brought on board in 2010 to build and lead the Coaching and Consultancy side of the business as an established pioneer and innovator. The team has coached thousands of working parents & carers at many of the world’s leading employer organisations.

Jennifer is a sought-after consultant, thought leader, speaker, writer and leadership coach. She has several qualifications in coaching and coaching supervision as well as an Oxford University law degree and a Masters in Experimental Psychology. Jennifer is a mother of two teenage boys and understands the challenges of combining a demanding senior role with family life.