The 2015 workplace mental health priorities report

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Dr. William (Bill) Howatt, Ph.D., Ed.D., is Morneau Shepell’s Chief Research and Development Officer, Workforce Productivity, and a member of the firm’s Innovation Centre. In this role, he builds on Morneau Shepell's leadership position in workplace mental health, absence and disability management, and health consulting to provide new services that help organizations improve their employees’ health, engagement, productivity, and, ultimately, their business performance. One initiative Bill is spearheading is the Globe and Mail/Morneau Shepell Employee Recommended Workplace Awards, which looks at the total health of organizations and their employees, and recognizes organizations employees identify as being truly exceptional.

With more than 25 years of experience in academic research in human behaviour, Bill is internationally known for his work in Human Resources strategy, mental health, organizational learning design, leadership development and the treatment of addiction issues, and has authored several books on these topics. Based on his research, he has developed a Quality of Work Life survey tool to help organizations evaluate the health, engagement and productivity of their workforce, and understand what drives these factors. His research has found that coping skills play a key role in organizational performance, and are a lead indicator for predicting the health and engagement of a workforce.

Bill has published numerous books and articles, including: The Coping Crisis; TalOp: Taking the Guesswork Out of Management; the Howatt HR Elements series; the Wiley series on Addictions; and, The Addiction Counsellor's Toolbox.