Expansion of the Global-Watch team with the addition of expert Jean-Pier Rodrigue!
In January 2020, Global-Watch welcomed workplace health and well-being expert Jean-Pier Rodrigue to the team. Get to know him (or know him better!) by reading this article. You’ll also have a chance to meet him at upcoming Global-Watch meetings, if you haven’t met him by then!
What is your professional background and areas of expertise?
After earning a Master’s degree in Organizational Analysis and Development, my career focused on the fields of organizational development and, over the last 12 years, organizational health. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to support managers and employees at several institutions of the Quebec Health and Social Services Network. I collaborated on the implementation of the Programme santé des organisations et des individus (PSOI, organizational and individual health program), a community of practice, somewhat similar to Global-Watch’s, but only for the Réseau de la santé et des services sociaux du Québec. For the last two years, I have also been a lecturer at the Université de Montréal teaching “Health Promotion in the Workplace”. Lastly, I also collaborated in the review of the “Healthy Enterprise” standard, as well as in the certification program for this Canadian standard (CAN/BNQ 9700-800).
What is your role as part of the Global-Watch team?
As a Global-Watch expert, I will work with affiliate employers, particularly on the evaluation of the impacts of their workplace health and well-being initiatives. I will also be involved in managing and developing some content. The first project I have been involved with is the Toolkit for Workplace Health and Well-being Initiative Measurement Indicators. Furthermore, I will participate in some of Global-Watch’s development missions abroad.
What is the ONE piece of advice that you would give an employer seeking to improve their employees’ health and well-being?
That’s a good question! I’m someone who always tries to be sensible, so I would tell the employer to act in a structured manner and, most importantly, to act in step with their organization’s priorities. In our field, it is sometimes tempting to launch initiatives to keep up with current trends. Unfortunately, this way of acting often produces short-term results. By properly analyzing the context in which you intend to act, by determining specific objectives and keeping them in mind throughout the entire process, and, above all, by evaluating your initiatives, you increase your chances of being successful. Of course, your initiatives should be aligned with your organization’s overall strategic plan and involve all stakeholders.