Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley is a Registered Psychologist in BC, AB, ON and NS. She has extensive applied experience and research knowledge on behaviour change, team functioning, conflict resolution, workplace restoration, diversity, equity, inclusion, trauma informed workplaces, restorative justice, and organizational change. She is a senior consultant providing healthy workplace interventions for employees, teams, and leaders with Howatt HR Consulting and the Chief of Research for the Howatt HR Applied Workplace Research Institute. She is on faculty at Dalhousie University in Family Medicine and at Saint Mary’s University in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. She is also a Registered Psychologist in Clinical and Organizational Psychology. She has the lived experience of being a bi-racial daughter of an Asian immigrant. She strives to make training meaningful and safe using evidence-based methods and processes.
Mr. Ronald E. Pizzo is a labour and employment lawyer. His work includes human rights law, workplace harassment investigations and occupational health and safety law. Mr. Pizzo is a certified facilitator, mediator, and coach. He is certified in the ACT Prosocial Communication
process, an evidence-based approach to address toxic workplace communications. Since 2015, he has been recognized by his peers as being among the best lawyers in Canada in the field of labour and employment law. He is often hired to help leaders and individuals reconcile their
differences to restore productive workplace relationships.
Dr. Bill Howatt, founder and CEO of Howatt HR, Sc, BA., MEd, MSc, PhD, EdD, Post Doctorate Behavioral Science, University of California, Los Angeles, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. He has 30 years of experience in workplace mental health and understanding how employees and employers can work together to reduce mental harm and promote mental health in the workplace. He is known internationally and is one of Canada’s top experts in workplace psychological health and safety. Dr. Bill has published over 50 books, such as The Globe and Mail bestseller, The Cure for Loneliness, and Stop Hiding and Start Living. He is a regular contributor to Talent Canada, OHS Magazine, and The Chronicle Herald and has published over 350 articles with The Globe and Mail.
Training programs and interventions:
Diversity, equity and inclusion training
(for employees and for leaders)
We do DEI training differently. First, our training is built on science. Studies show that some DEI training actually results in greater avoidance rather than greater inclusion. Second, our training incorporates the science of behaviour change. Most training focuses on insight but insight does not necessarily lead to long term behaviour change. We incorporate behaviour change so our training has a lasting impact. Attendees are provided with real-life applicable skills they an use in their everyday life. Third, our training is compassionate and inclusive. Guilt, shame and blame do not result in change. We work to ensure that DEI is does not feel like a zero-sum game, all people should feel more included by the end of training. There are visible and invisible forms of diversity. Our training isn’t about “turning it on” if you think you’re interacting with someone who is different from you. It’s about creating inclusion, one interaction at a time and building authentic relationships – that is getting to know someone for who they are. Even if you have tried DEI training in the past, our training will make a difference. With facilitators who are members of the BIPOC community with lived experience, science-backed interventions, and compassion focused work, we can make DEI training something that your leaders and employees value and use in their every day lives.
Trauma Informed Leadership
Trauma is prevalent in our society. Studies show that a large majority of the population has experienced trauma. The National Council for Mental Well Being has found that at least 70% of Americans have been exposed to trauma. Canadian research suggests that 76% of Canadian adults report being exposed to some form of trauma during their lifetime. In addition, COVID has been a source of trauma for many people. From these numbers it would be difficult to imagine a workplace that does not have people affected by trauma.
Trauma can affect person’s sense of security creating feelings of helplessness in a world they see as dangerous. People suffering from trauma can feel overwhelmed, unable to cope, unable to trust and unable to work effectively in a team. Trauma informed leadership teaches leaders best practices for creating a workplace environment in which employees who have experienced trauma can feel safe and have a sense of control, so they can re-engage and return to productivity. All skills are evidence based, drawn from best practices in trauma informed care, leadership, and psychological safety. The skills are also informed by the legal duties and obligations of employers to employees suffering from trauma related mental health challenges.
Workplace restoration is a process to get groups or teams back to productive work after they were disrupted by a significant incident or event. A change in leadership; a reorganization; a disruptive workplace investigation; bullying and harassment at work; and struggling with diversity and inclusion, are all examples of significant events that cause dysfunction.
The cost of workplace dysfunction is staggering. Before COVID, statistics from the Ontario Chambers of Commerce demonstrated that stress from workplace dysfunction cost the Canadian economy 50 billion dollars per year. On average, 500,000 workers missed work each week due to workplace stress.
Workplace restoration is a restorative process. It mitigates the stress and harm caused by significant events at work. Using the latest evidence based behaviourial science, our processes will give your teams and groups the best chances to return to productivity and rebuild trust.
Wellness Leadership – Training Leaders to Address Organizational Causes of Burnout
Burnout is not just an employee-level problem. There are well-established organizational causes of burnout. Wellness leadership training is designed to address system-level issues that cause burnout in leaders and their teams using the latest scientific information. Wellness Leadership combines best practices in leadership, communication, and psychological health and safety, to prevent burnout and increase engagement for high-performance leaders and teams. Through group workshops and individual coaching with work psychology experts, participants gain insight into their wellness and leadership styles and work to boost styles to match the needs of a situation.
Session topics include:
Identifying Core Values
Work Stressors & Recovery
Building Psychological Safety
Work Relationships & Empathy Styles
Conflict Handling Styles
Having Difficult Conversations
Do any of the following apply to you?
-experiencing “languishing” (a sense of stagnation, emptiness or numbness)?
-feeling stuck or having no motivation
-feeling like everything takes longer, that its harder to concentrate, harder to get things done?
-feeling burnt-out, exhausted, tired but haven’t left your home?
-feeling like everyone else is “getting back to life” but you feel stuck
-fed up with your job and thinking about changing but worried about the potential implications?
-realizing things are re-opening but you don’t feel as good as you thought it would?
-worried about the world going back to “normal” and wanting something better on the other side?
-realized you came to appreciate some things in the pandemic like working from home or more family time and worried about losing it post-pandemic?
-got your vaccine but life still doesn’t feel good?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this 6-session workshop may be for you. This workshop uses evidence-based techniques to address pandemic fatigue, burnout and languishing and how to move forward successfully through the next stages of the pandemic (e.g., “post vaccine”). In particular it addresses the issue that the antidote to burnout isn’t rest, it’s re-igniting a sense of meaning and purpose (e.g., “value-based living”), re-connecting socially, and integrating our experiences from the pandemic into our understanding of ourselves. Participants will be introduced to some of the latest empirically based skills and techniques that have been shown to improve well-being and sense of purpose. The workshop provides real-life, applicable skills to move from languishing to flourishing.
Next session: Coming Soon. In the meantime, check out our self-paced learning programs.
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We also recommend you to purchase Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley’s book called “Healthy Habits Suck” as a great evidence-based self-help book.
Salad instead of steak? Working out? Skipping that second beer or glass of wine? Healthy habits are THE WORST.
If you’re someone who gets up every morning and can’t wait for your run, considers eating sweet potatoes a splurge, and sets aside thirty minutes before work to meditate—this book isn’t for you. If you’re someone who thinks about getting up to go for a run but goes back to sleep, regrets last night’s dinner of fast food, and can barely get to work on time—let alone meditate—then this book will help you find the motivation you’ve been looking for to live your healthiest life, even when you don’t want to.
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