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Big Country SHRM - “Through The Webcam” Supporting the mental health of your employees in a blended work environment- February General Meeting

  • February 16, 2021
  • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Abilene Country Club (& Zoom)

Through The Webcam

Supporting the mental health of your employees in a blended work environment 

For many years, employees were told to leave their problems at home when they come to the office. Due to the pandemic, work and home have blended into one and many companies are struggling with how they should respond. The balance has shifted and employers are realizing that if they don’t take care of the whole person then morale and performance can be impacted. Human Resource professionals play an important role in serving both the needs of the employee and the employer in issues related to grief, stress, and mental health.  They often take on the role of counselor and must also think like an attorney in order to handle situations with compassion and professionalism. The presentation will focus on what we can do to make the workplace safe for honest emotions without letting it become a distraction or causing legal issues for your organization.

What you will walk away with:

  • Without the human, you don’t get the resource. Understand who your coworkers are beyond the work they perform.
  • Identify stressors and behavioral markets when it comes to emotions. Know when to provide a listening ear or refer to a counselor.  Understand when there may be legal implications such as FMLA or ADA when an employee is exhibiting signs of anxiety at work.
  • Focus on creating flexible solutions for your employer that serve the needs of both the business and its employees. Learn about the latest trends in benefits related to mental health and bereavement.
  • Recognize the signs of mental health issues in the workplace.
  •  Learn how to engage in the interactive process without creating legal exposure for your organization.


Speaker: Justin Dorsey

After graduating from Texas Tech in 2004 with a degree in Sociology, Justin attend Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth to study Marriage and Family Counseling. While attending graduate school he worked part time at Cellular World in the accounting department. When a position became available in Human Resources it seemed like a much better fit for his background. Thankfully, they took a chance on someone with no experience and the profession turned out to be a great fit. He attended classes and pursued certification to learn more about the ins and out of HR. Cellular World promoted him to HR Manager and then to Director of Human Resources during a five-year period. He then worked as a HR Director in the healthcare field and distribution industry. His current role is Senior HR Business Partner for Freese and Nichols, a civil engineering firm based in Fort Worth. His primary focus is to enhance the candidate and employee experience throughout the lifecycle of their employment. From 2017-2018, he was blessed with the opportunity to serve as the President of Fort Worth HR, a local affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management.

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