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Morneau Shepell concludes successful Employers Connect events in eight Canadian cities

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Morneau Shepell concludes successful Employers Connect events in eight Canadian cities

More than 1,000 people attended annual workplace mental health summit, discussed new research and found ideas to improve employee well-being

TORONTO, April 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Morneau Shepell has completed its 2018 Employers Connect summit with events held from January 31 to April 4 in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. More than 1,000 people attended the events to learn more about Morneau Shepell's latest research on workplace mental health and to hear from leading Canadian employers and Olympians on how to manage workplace stress.

Through its research on Canadian employers and employees, Morneau Shepell found that nearly half (40 per cent) of people managers and more than a third (34 per cent) of employees reported suffering from extreme levels of stress over the six months prior to the survey. Both groups ranked workplace stress higher than personal stress and indicated strong correlations to employee retention.

"There is an opportunity to improve support for coping and risk management in workplaces. Organizations that are looking to mitigate current and emerging risks should review their evaluation tools, adjust their mental health and wellness strategies, adapt their support resources to reflect change in the workplace, and consider practical ways for managers and employees to address mental health," said Paula Allen, vice president, research and analytic solutions, Morneau Shepell. "These conversations are incredibly valuable, as they give us a chance to discover solutions for Canadian employers. The increased interest we have seen at Employers Connect events over the years speaks to the importance of workplace mental health and how collectively, if we get together and share ideas, we will continue to make a difference."

A number of leading Canadian organizations were represented through panelists at Employers Connect including, Cree Leadership Consulting, University of Calgary, Scotiabank, McCarthy Tetrault LLP, The Co-operators Group Limited, Bruce Power, Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa, Association of Justice Counsel, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Université du Québec à Montréal (university based in Montreal, Quebec) and Tranquility Online. Olympians Dale Walters, Chandra Crawford, Ben Titley, Tom Hall, Jean-Paul Richard and Ellie Black were also in attendance to discuss the growing need for supporting employee well-being.

For an in-depth overview of the research results, including insight on stress among high performers, the importance of early intervention and the impact of stress on workplace productivity, please visit:

About Morneau Shepell
Morneau Shepell is the only human resources consulting and technology company that takes an integrated approach to employee assistance, health, benefits and retirement needs. The Company is the leading provider of employee and family assistance programs, the largest administrator of retirement and benefits plans and the largest provider of integrated absence management solutions in Canada. As a leader in strategic HR consulting and innovative pension design, the Company helps clients solve complex workforce problems and provides integrated productivity, health and retirement solutions. Established in 1966, Morneau Shepell serves approximately 20,000 clients, ranging from small businesses to some of the largest corporations and associations. With more than 4,000 employees in offices across North America, Morneau Shepell provides services to organizations across Canada, in the United States and around the globe. Morneau Shepell is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: MSI). For more information, visit

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