2021 Tools & Tactics Webinar: COVID-19’s Lasting Effects on Mental Health and Cognitive Abilities

Jennifer NelsonTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, May 6

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

After a year of struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic, most will agree that the unforeseen effects from the virus are still with us. Many people diagnosed with coronavirus have reported various, lasting symptoms long after their initial recovery. Sometimes referred to as long haulers, these individuals continue to experience physical symptoms such as muscle aches and fatigue, as well as ongoing cognitive challenges such as impaired focus and concentration. It’s clear that we still have a lot to learn about the virus’ long-term implications, and how it will impact our workplaces as we move through 2021 and beyond. This webinar will outline the latest surveys and statistics the COVID-19 pandemic has had on mental health and cognitive issues, and explore intervention strategies employers should consider.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the latest information surrounding the pandemic’s impact on employee mental health.
  • Gain an understanding of the longer-term cognitive issues employees may experience after “recovering” from the Coronavirus.
  • Discover how to address challenges in the workplace resulting from the long-term cognitive impacts of COVID-19.


Bryon Bass
SVP, Workforce Absence

Mr. Bass is the senior vice president of workforce absence at Sedgwick. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing disability and absence management product standards and compliance, quality, and disability payroll. Previously, Bryon was the director of integrated disability management at Pacific Gas and Electric where he oversaw companywide integrated delivery of disability and absence management services, comprised of self-insured/self-administered workers’ compensation, fitness for duty, leave of absence, accommodation and time-off programs. Bryon has a wide range of experience in health and productivity management, both from an employer benefits role perspective as well as third party administration. His responsibilities have included client relationships, service operations, and product management for disability and absence management products. Bryon has also been active as an author and seminar leader dealing with FMLA implementation, corporate health and wellness strategies, workers’ compensation metrics, and disability program design.

Andy Berg
AVP, Operations

Mr. Berg is an assistant vice president of workforce absence at Sedgwick. In this position, he is responsible for leading the data analytics, total performance, and financial services departments. The data analytics team offers reliable data-driven insights through innovative reporting solutions. The total performance team promotes excellence in product delivery through claim reviews, training, and partnership with Sedgwick claims managers. He also oversees the financial services team which guarantees the accuracy and fulfilment of financial commitments to the company’s clients and their employees. Andy joined Sedgwick in August 2010 as a data analyst and spent four years as director of data analytics before moving into his current role in January 2019. Andy remains passionate about the power of data analytics, and is an avid proponent of ensuring proper data use to draw meaningful conclusions. 



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

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. 

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