Understanding and Managing Mental Overload


[Événement de langue anglaise. / English language event.]

Date: June 9, 2022
Time: 3 to 5pm ET
Presenter: Melanie Fordham (aka Melanie Wells)
Cost: Free (ACE Members), $20 (Non-members)

Learn about mental overload during a two-hour interactive presentation. The presentation will focus on understanding and managing cognitive workload, including:

  • What is cognitive workload and how does it affect performance?
  • Is multitasking a good idea?
  • What is the breakpoint?
  • Practical options for understanding and managing mental overload

Everyone experiences mental overload at some point. Recently, Covid 19 has led to increased demands and reduced resources in many industries. Many people are struggling to balance home and work life, and may be compensating for reduced staffing.

On a personal level, this can lead to stress and longer working hours. On a broader level, overload may be impacting safety and performance throughout the organization.

Participants will learn about cognitive overload, adding a new perspective to work on physical overload. You will finish with an understanding of the theory and practice of workload management, bought to life with real life examples and interactive exercises.

Who should attend?

‘Understanding and Managing Mental Overload’ has been enjoyed by a wide range of participants, including Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Supervisors, Human Factors Specialists, Ergonomics Practitioners, Consultants, Safety Managers, and Human Resources Professionals.

Participant comments

“Well organized. Switched from presenter mode to completing exercises to create variation.”

“Great topic.”

“Good balance between theory and practical exercises.”

“Great speaker, articulate, relaxed, excellent examples and analogies”

“She was good at providing 'take home' messages and engaging the audience. The exercises were effective teaching tools.”

Melanie Fordham (aka Melanie Walls)

Melanie has two decades of experience applying Human Factors to improve safety and performance. When presenting, she is able to draw on real-life lessons learned from projects in forestry, rail, naval ships, helicopters, air traffic control centres, airport control towers, army intelligence, equipment control rooms, and medical devices.

Melanie received formal training in the psychology of people at work, with a Master of Arts in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from Oxford University, and a Master of Science in Occupational Psychology from Sheffield University; however, she blends an academic foundation with a pragmatic approach that is based on solving problems in real world settings, where resources are limited and options are constrained.

An experienced public speaker, Melanie ensures her presentations are interactive and enjoyable. She believes: ‘If there isn’t something useful you can use right away in your job, then training is just an expensive way to eat donuts.’ Melanie is the former president of the BC/Yukon region of the Association of Canadian Ergonomists.

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