2020 Virtual Education Forum Webinar: COVID-19’s Impact on Behavioral Health in the Workplace

DMEC StaffVirtual Education Forum, Webinars

Tuesday, Dec. 1

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Enough is enough! The pandemic, unemployment, natural disasters, and racial injustice across the nation has challenged employees emotionally, physically and mentally. In addition, your workforce is struggling with restrictions, adapting to work at home, unexpected family demands and the unknown brought on by COVID 19. Many are reporting increased rates of anxiety, depression, and stress whether new or exacerbated by current circumstances and the psychological suffering will likely continue.  Employers are 8 months into the pandemic response and looking for solutions and ideas on how to support their workforce.

Unum’s Employer Survey provides insight on how U.S. employers are responding to challenges resulting from the pandemic and specifically the looming mental health crisis that some feel will occur in the workplace. What is the impact of stress, anxiety, and financial concerns on the workforce and how can employers support resiliency?  Hear how two companies are responding to the mental health needs of their workforce and creating new resources and programs this fall and into 2021.

This session will showcase and solicit audience feedback on implemented solutions, resources and programs while providing helpful information to consider from a mental health perspective.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify current challenges employers are facing with their workforce.
  • Learn how other companies are supporting their employees and their best practices.
  • Take away practical tips and available resources and programs.


Michelle Jackson
Assistant Vice President, Sales Enablement

Michelle Jackson has a passion for helping people overcome challenges. After obtaining her bachelors degree in psychology and a master’s degree in social work, she initially practiced clinical social work in Virginia. She specialized in adult issues, specifically the treatment of addiction and the impaired professional. Her 20 year career with Unum has utilized her background as a clinical reviewer and clinical vocational director, and made her responsible for clinical strategy and return to work. She transitioned to working with large employers as a national client manager working closely with employers on plan design, absence management, and workforce strategies. Most recently, Michelle managed the Workforce Solution Group which focuses on absence management strategies, and coordination of wellness, disease management, and ancillary services to increase utilization and engagement. She is also responsible for leading all national client group market development activities and industry engagement for Unum.

Jacob Krug
Director, Total Rewards

Jacob has worked in human resources for 11 years where he's developed a special focus on compensation, performance, and team member engagement. In his current position, Jacob oversees Sprouts' total rewards program which includes compensation, performance, benefits, and HR compliance.

John Szlyk, MD
Psychiatric Medical Consultant

Dr. Jack Szlyk is a board-certified psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience in adult and child psychiatry. He graduated Harvard College in 1969 and Tufts University School of Medicine in 1973. Since 2002, Dr. Szlyk has served as a full-time psychiatric medical consultant at Unum’s Worcester campus where he helps to review claims with primary behavioral health problems, and claims with comorbid behavioral health and medical/surgical conditions. He has also been engaged in teaching clinical colleagues and non-medical personnel at Worcester and cross-site campuses, and has been instrumental in developing best practices for the clinical evaluation of behavioral health claims.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 ADMS, 1 CDMS, 1 CLMS, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify for CEU credit.

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Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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