SHRI Mental Well-Being Series: 
Identifying Unmet Needs and Building a Support Infrastructure for the Workforce

Since the implementation of remote working, it has brought about a surge in mental health stressors such as a sense of loneliness/ isolation, a sense of instability and constant change. Moreover, when coupled with continuous interruptions by family members, it has made it difficult to deliver effective results at work.


Join us for this engaging, humourous and interactive
SHRI Mental Well-Being Series: Identifying Unmet Needs and Building a Support Infrastructure for the Workforce, as our speakers share practical mental wellness interventionsto help HR and employees better manage their mental health.

Date: Thursday, 7 October 2021
Time: 4pm – 5.30pm
Platform: Zoom
Fee: Free! (In view of Covid-19, SHRI will waive all webinar fees during this period)

Topic:
Identifying Unmet Needs and Building a Support Infrastructure for the Workforce

As a HR professional, are you helping your people deal with issues such as these? 

  • Increased sense of anxiety from the lack of certainty and constant changes in the workplace 
  • Inability to differentiate work and home life from working from home 
  • Increased sense of loneliness and isolation 

A study done by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) and their partner universities in May 2020 has revealed that adults in Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand have all experienced an increase in the frequency of anger outbursts and a sense of irritation during the pandemic. At the workplace, this has translated into poorer relationships between colleagues, more conflicts, no sense of belonging, a reduced sense of psychological safety at work and consequently, higher staff attrition. 

It is, thus, essential to implement practical workforce mental wellness interventions urgently to prevent further deterioration in workplace psychological safety. 

Our speakers from Chatty Caterpillar, Gwen and Agata will be introducing the concepts of unmet needs and “reactions as information” along with some simple self-care practices that employees can adopt at work and home to develop self-awareness and self-management. 

They will share practical ideas on how HR departments can begin to build a social support infrastructure in their organisations that can safeguard employees against loneliness and isolation. 

Speakers from Chatty Caterpillar

Speaker: Agata Stapelfeldt
Head Curriculum Designer

Agata Stapelfeldt is the head curriculum designer at Chatty Caterpillar. She has been certified as a Health Coach, Life Coach, Transformational Life Coach and has a BSc Business Management from King’s College London. She is the mother to four children and has lived, studied and worked in Russia, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. She now works and lives with her family in Singapore.

She holds a certificate in non-verbal coaching: the basics of movement patterns from the International School of Non-Verbal Coaching, a certificate of Integrative Nutrition Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and a certificate of Transformational Life Coach from the Vektor Rosta school in Belarus. 

Speaker: Gwendolyn Thong
Managing Director and Founder

Gwendolyn Thong is the founder of Chatty Caterpillar and holds a Master in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore where she has recently graduated in June 2021. As a scholar, she has published multiple articles on public health and mental wellness. Additionally, she has accumulated eight years of working experience as a history and social studies teacher in Singapore.

During her time in NUS and NIE, she completed modules on Psychology (FASS, NUS), Educational Psychology (NIE, NTU), Global Health Policies and Issues, with a focus on mental health policies (LKYSPP, NUS), Psychological First Aid (John Hopkins University) and Health Behavioral Change: From Evidence to Action (Yale University). 

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