Healthy Workplace Committee

McMaster University’s Healthy Workplace Committee was developed in 2002 and is comprised of employee volunteers from various areas within the University. Our shared goal is to improve the health and well-being of employees through education, awareness and participation through health and wellness events offered to employees throughout the year.

McMaster has long had a very strong commitment to creating not only a brighter world, but a healthier world as well. In 2017, McMaster joined the Canadian Health Promoting Universities and Colleges Network by signing the Okanagan Charter, which is dedicated to advancing human and societal well being. McMaster’s Healthy Workplace programs strive to advance the well being of all faculty and staff through the promotion of year round holistic wellness programming, including, but not limited to, physical health, psychological wellness, and work-life balance.

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Healthy Workplace Programming



Monday February 4- Friday February 8, 2019

The McMaster Healthy Workplace Committee will be participating in Thrive Week.

Thrive is a week-long series of events focused on helping students, faculty and staff at McMaster explore their path to psychological wellness.

Thrive is also a mindset. We can strengthen our psychological wellness by learning about it, thinking about it, talking about it, and discovering new skills and resources to help us! McMaster is committed to enhancing mental health and well-being for all of our community members and supporting healthy and sustainable workplaces and learning environments.



Monday February 4, 2019

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

L.R. Wilson Concert Hall

Mistakes Happen! will bring together a group of McMaster leaders to discuss moments of professional mishaps, resilience, and the importance of overcoming mistakes to improve personal and professional well-being. Our lineup of speakers includes;

·         Arig al Shaibah, Associate Vice-President, Equity & Inclusion

·         Kim Dej, Associate Vice-Provost (Faculty)

·         Joe Kim, Associate Professor, Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour

·         Wanda McKenna, Assistant Vice-President & Chief Human Resources Officer

·         Sean Van Koughnett, Associate Vice-President (Students & Learning) & Dean of Students



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Tuesday February 5, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

ETB Room 230

Presented by the Healthy Workplace Committee, join Abbie Little from the Academic Sustainability Programs Office to hear how you can improve your office workspace to promote both psychological wellness and sustainability.

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Wednesday February 6, 2019

11:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Staff)

3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Students)

Lyons New Media Centre, Mills Library

Presented by the Healthy Workplace Committee and Student Wellness Centre, staff and students alike are invited to unwind and de-stress by playing video games. Those wishing to participate can register for a half hour timeslot, rediscover their inner child, and play Nintendo Wii! Please note that a maximum of 4 players can play each half hour.

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Thursday February 7, 2019

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Alpine Tower

Who says that playing outside is limited to the summer? Bundle up, find your best work pals, and head over to the Alpine Tower where McMaster ALTITUDE will lead a variety of recess activities. Not a fan of heights? There will be plenty of "on the ground" activities to participate in as well.

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Friday February 8, 2019

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


This event is an opportunity for those engaged in equity at McMaster to connect with others doing similar work, build relationships, and skill share around ways to thrive in our positions. Please join the Student Wellness Centre for an afternoon social over refreshments. Please note that this is a drop in session, no registration is required.