Understanding the Stress Check System in Japan (One-day Workshop) (USC101-SP)
In December 2015, The Industrial Safety and Health Act was amended to require businesses that employ more than 50 staff members to offer a Stress Check to their employees on an annual basis. The purpose of this amendment is to: 1) prevent work-related mental illness by helping employees to identify the impact of their stress; and 2) help employers to improve the work environment through collective analysis of Stress Check data. With this in mind, how can HR specialists or business leaders encourage their employees to participate in Stress Checks offered at the company when it is not mandatory for employees to do so? Furthermore, how can they support employees whose results indicate they are suffering with high levels of stress? In this workshop, the Stress Check system in Japan will be explained, and then advice on how to support employees suffering from stress at work will be discussed. The workshop contents include: Basic understanding of the Stress Check system; Developing an understanding of stressed employees; and Using Counseling Skills to support highly stressed employees. The workshop will include discussions and in-class exercises such as role-plays and case studies.
Rieko Brooks-Kajiwara is a bilingual counselor/consultant/trainer with rich experience in providing professional support to individuals from diverse backgrounds in both the U.S. and Japan. For the last 5 years, she has been providing consultation to employees of multinational companies based in the Tokyo area, whilst also facilitating various training sessions in career enhancement and wellness. Her expertise includes career counseling, mental health counseling, interpersonal communication, cultural adjustment, self-awareness training, and job search skills.
Rieko holds Master of Education in Community Counseling from Loyola University Chicago and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois, U.S.A. She is also a National
Certified Counselor (certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors) in the U.S., and a member of the American Counseling Association.
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