C1: 4-day Work Weeks – The Future of Work
This session will touch on the research and evidence of implementing a four-day work week that was used to inform this shift at the REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities. This will include discussion about the history of mental health and well-being, and the effects that Covid-19 has had on employees. Additionally, the importance of work/life balance and what shifts need to happen to support employees and their well-being will be covered The session will focus on REACH Edmonton’s shift to implementing a four-day work week model, including how we presented it and how we received buy-in from all levels of stakeholders. We will share the impact that this has made on our organization and what it means for our future.
Meet your Speaker

Michelle Harvey is the Director of HR and Finance at the REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities. She has been a part of the senior management team for several years. She received her Payroll Compliance Practitioner designation in 2004 and has been involved in payroll and human resources since that time. She has also received her Workplace Health and Performance Ambassador certification through Wellness Works Canada.

She has had an active role in finance, but as REACH grew as an organization, she has devoted her time to human resources. She has brought years of knowledge and life experience to REACH, and has helped to implement processes that have led to the success of the organization.

Michelle grew up in British Columbia, and moved to Edmonton at the age of 16. Prior to working at REACH, Michelle was a successful business owner. In 2012, she chose to move to the non-profit sector. She is the mother of five adult children and seventeen grandchildren which makes her an expert in human resources.

Her passion for people and to be a leader in the non-profit sector has been a driving force behind her work. She is passionate about people and has always looked for innovative ways to help employees succeed.

She continues to strive for excellence and to be a leader in the industry. 

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Tansi — Cree | Oki — Blackfoot | ​Aba washded — Stoney (Nakota) | ​Ɂedlanet’e — Dene |  We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the traditional lands and territories of Indigenous people in Alberta. We want to recognize the significance of our relationships with the land and the peoples who call this ‘home.’ We commit to a reciprocal relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous worldviews that honour and respect ways of knowing and being.