What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
Training was being given in administrative and industrial settings to train supervisors and managers how to detect employees that may be presenting mental health issues and how to intervene. We were getting constant feedback on the manager's side about the discomfort felt when we would suggest the importance on keeping contact with their employees while they were on a leave of absence. Also, during our practice as rehabilitation consultants, Annick Thibodeau and Melanie Gregoire had noted how most clients would complain about the lack of contact from their employer while they were on sick leave, making them feel unimportant to the employer and left out. we decided to create a low cost idea (get well book accompanied by a personalized get-well card) in order to encourage the communication between the employer and it's employee during the leave of absence.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
Melanie Gregoire, M. Sc, registered rehabilitation professional, has been helping for over 15 years employees on leave of absence to improve their help and return to work.
Mylene Gregoire, M. Sc., has been working in the recruiting field for over 10 years. She has been helping people find out their talents and better use them on the employment market.
Annick Thibodeau, occupational therapist, has been helping adults with physical and mental health issues over the past 15 years. She has helped them regain their maximum level of function so they can actively participate in activities significant to them, including work.
How did you first hear about Changemakers?
Through another organization or company
If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company
American Occupational Therapy Association