Presenteeism, Psychological Health and Workplace Performance during the Pandemic

Monday, June 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM PT, 1:00 PM ET

Presenteeism is often described as working while sick. What about presenteeism during the pandemic when many people are teleworking? What measures are employers taking to preserve psychological health? This balance between performance expectations and psychological health can be precarious.

In this webinar, Caroline Biron presents data on psychological health and performance in the workplace during confinement collected with a web panel of 1259 workers in Quebec in collaboration with SOM. The study suggests there are different types of presenteeism as health and performance are not always affected uniformly and systematically. Avenues for individual, collective and organizational interventions.

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Caroline Biron, MPs, PhD

Professor, Department of Management of the Faculty of Business Administration, Laval University
Caroline Biron is a full professor in the Department of Management of the Faculty of Business Administration at Laval University. She is the Director of the Center of expertise in occupational health and safety management ( and a member of the VITAM Sustainable Health Research Centre. Her work on presenteeism, preventive interventions in psychological health and stress in the workplace has been the subject of numerous scientific and professional publications.

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Jordan Friesen, MOT, OT, Reg (MB).

National Director, Workplace Mental Health at Canadian Mental Health Association
Jordan is a young, energetic leader with a progressive vision for mental health and social services. His experience in a wide variety of roles including clinical service delivery, case management, education, and non-profit leadership provides him with a solid understanding of the industry and in-depth knowledge of where gaps exist for innovation and collaboration. A natural relationship builder, Jordan sees the work of advancing mental health services as a collective effort aided by building and maintaining effective partnerships across all sectors, including government, business, and non-profit agencies.

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