Working and Well™

Working and Well™ – Facilitated sessions on managing burnout and stress at work.

Burnout, stress, and anxiety are at epidemic levels

Your employees and coworkers are struggling. And they probably aren’t talking about it.

“Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide,” according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). 

“In 2019, 8.1% of adults aged 18 and over had symptoms of anxiety disorder, 6.5% had symptoms of depressive disorder, and 10.8% had symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder. In December 2022, 29% had symptoms of anxiety disorder, 23.6% had symptoms of depressive disorder, 33.6% had symptoms of anxiety disorder or depressive disorder.” (from the CDC)

One in three of your employees is struggling right now. 

Financial implications are staggering

Organizations that don’t take action will likely face huge financial costs that will affect overall profitability, including increased turnover and decreased productivity. 

Shame and stigma prevent some 80% of sufferers from seeking help, according to one report. These are expensive problems to keep hidden. Depression alone costs the U.S. economy $210 billion a year, half of which is shouldered by employers in the form of missed work and lost productivity. (Source: Is it OK to show your real face at work yet? Mental health is still a “don’t ask, don’t tell” subject at work )

While employees may not specifically call in citing mental health concerns, they are frequently the real issue, and the root cause of related physical health issues.

In an average week in the U.S., 5 million people miss work due to stress and an estimated 4 million work days are lost due to depression. (Source: How to Address A Trillion Dollar Issue: 6 Triggers Of Emotional Distress)

These sessions are designed to help you achieve decreased absenteeism, higher employee satisfaction, lower turnover, retention of top performers, and improved overall productivity.

“Analysis reveals that companies with mental health programs in place for one year had a median annual ROI of $1.62 for every dollar invested. For companies with programs in place for three or more years, the median annual ROI is more than double—valued at $2.18 for every dollar spent.” [Source: Deloitte research reveals significant return on investment for workplace mental health programs | Deloitte Canada]

Mercer, in partnership with a UK health system, found that companies with “above average” mental health support garnered 11 more productive days per employee (not just employees who took advantage of the programs), compared to other companies.

That is two weeks more productive time per employee! 

Live or virtual facilitated workshops are available in flexible formats, including:
  • 90-minute
  • half day
  • full day

Holding space for sticky conversations

Catherine Altman Morgan is the author of the #1 New Release, This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression. (Amazon link)

As shame researcher Dr. Brené Brown says, “Shame needs three things to grow exponentially in our lives: secrecy, silence, and judgment.”

Organizations that do not support their employees around burnout and stress will pay a financial penalty.

Schedule a time to speak with Catherine Morgan about your organization’s needs via this link.

Working shouldn’t make us sick

As a career transition expert, Catherine Morgan has had multiple exceptional professionals call her on their way to or from the ER because they thought they were having a heart attack due to workplace stress and toxic work environments.

She has also coached several clients through depression and breakdowns caused by toxic work environments. (See: Workplace Bullying Is a Thing and It’s Devastating)

When Catherine’s colleague was clearly going to collapse or develop an autoimmune disease after years of overworking, and another colleague had a stroke triggered by workplace stress at 34, she created her TEDx talk, Sustaining Personal Energy to Fuel Professional Success.

Organizations can’t do this internally

While employees may want help (or at least be open to it), the perception is that it’s too risky and too vulnerable to open up to HR, a manager, or other internal resource.

Even if there are qualified resources available internally, these difficult conversations can only be facilitated effectively by a trusted, objective third party.

Structured facilitation 

Since 2010, Catherine Morgan has coached professionals through career transition and personal crises, including job loss, bad business breakups, health issues, financial collapse, death in the family, divorce, etc.

Catherine’s signature talks and workshops hold space for sharing, providing support and offering practical strategies and tactics for managing the inevitable ups and downs of work and life.

Facilitated session topics include:

  • Less Stressed: Practical strategies for busy professionals
  • Turn It Down: How to lower the volume of anxiety
  • Let the Light In: How to work better with depression
  • Stop Spinning: Rethinking overwhelm and perfectionism
  • Midlife Mid-career Recalibration: What to do when what you’ve been doing isn’t working anymore

Whether presented live on site or via Zoom web meeting, sessions will empower participants with tools they can use immediately.

Disclaimer: Catherine Morgan is not a mental health professional. While creating a safe space for sharing, she will leverage personal insights, her book, case studies, and educational resources with participants to empower them and encourage them to explore options and see possibilities.

Schedule a time to speak with Catherine Morgan about your organization’s needs via this link.

Hiring Catherine Morgan

Catherine Morgan is a highly rated presenter and facilitator who has spoken at job search networking groups, professional association meetings, coworking spaces, and small business events sponsored by the City of Chicago and SCORE.

Catherine Morgan is a career transition expert and business consultant to consultants. She has been employed by KPMG, Arthur Andersen, and Deloitte. Through her own consulting company, she was a contractor for Protiviti, Navigant Consulting, and Resources Global. She graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. (LinkedIn profile). Catherine is the author of This Isn’t Working! Evolving the Way We Work to Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.