What I’ll Be Watching at #SHRM18: Health and Well-Being

Are you planning your calendar for #SHRM18 in Chicago? I’m making my packing list, getting excited to see some of my favorite people in the HR world, and taking a close look at the packed SHRM agenda.

This year, I’ve been focused on health and well-being — both personally and professionally. Loyal TalentCulture readers know that I recently started using a standing desk and I’ve upped my wellness routine. I’m also very interested in how vendors are making it easier for employers to create healthy workplaces.

If you’re interested in making work healthier, here are the sessions I recommend at SHRM18:


Benefits Boot Camp: Health & Welfare Plan Basics

Sunday 06/17/2018 08:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Jay M. Kirschbaum, vice president at Lockton Companies, will help you think about the rules and regulations behind health and welfare plans. If you need help understanding compliance as it relates to health benefits, flag this session.


Sit/Stand Desks, Fancy Chairs, Treadmill Desks? Ergonomics Myth Versus Fact

Monday 06/18/2018 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Naomi Abrams, president of Worksite Health & Safety Consultants, LLC, will be busting myths about workplace health. Is sitting really the new smoking? Do you need a lot of expensive, fancy equipment to keep your people happy and healthy? Naomi will tell you what you need to know.

Looking Under the Hood: What’s Driving AutoZone’s Culture of Health and Wellness?

Monday 06/18/2018 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM

I love a good case study. Find out how the team at AutoZone built a single wellness platform to give employees ownership of their own health. There are sure to be lots of good ideas to borrow in this session with AutoZone VP Matt Harmon and Green Circle Health Founder & CEO Dinesh Sheth.

Starting the Dialogue: Depression in the Workplace

Monday 06/18/2018 02:00 PM – 03:15 PM

When we talk about health and well-being, it’s also important to think about the flip side: What do you do when employees aren’t feeling their best? The number one cause of adult disability worldwide is psychiatric disease, and Carol Kivler, president of Kivler Communications, will walk you through how employers can make a difference.


Managing Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace

Tuesday 06/19/2018 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM

When you’re working to help employees with their mental health, what factors do you need to consider? Employers are often unsure about how to respond to requests for accommodations. Janet Hendrick, partner at Fisher Phillips, will share best practices to help employees and stay compliant.

Meaningful Wellness: Developing an Employee Wellness Strategy That Matters

Tuesday 06/19/2018 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM

Your wellness program might look great on paper, but is it really moving the needle? Get practical tips from Brad Cooper, CEO of US Corporate Wellness Inc. and Suzanna Barnett Cooper, co-founder and chief learning officer at Catalyst Coaching Institute.


Low-Cost Wellness Programs You Can Start at Your Organization

Wednesday 06/20/2018 10:45 AM – 11:03 AM

Every team wants to save money and stay on budget, and this session will give you affordable ideas to boost your employees’ well-being. Get simple, creative ideas from fitness consultant Walter Lewis.

What to Expect When You Are Expecting: Protections for Pregnant Workers

Wednesday 06/20/2018 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM

Have you been watching the conversation around Sen. Tammy Duckworth? She’s the first U.S. Senator to give birth while in office. Following her story has made me think more about how employers work with pregnant women and new parents. In this session, learn about the latest developments, court rulings and best practices for accommodating pregnant workers from Lara de Leon of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.