3 Ways to Build Resilience at Work: Interview with Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey | Episode 8

NOTE: This podcast originally aired on January 9, 2018 at 8:00AM MT and can also be found: https://soundcloud.com/user-225414284-842732102/3-ways-to-build-resilience-at-work-interview-with-judge-ret-mary-mcclatchey-episode-8/s-SOZwe

What is Resilience at Work?

Employers are often challenged recruiting and retaining top talent. How can you address this problem? A resilient workforce and a mindset of a wellness culture at work. This strategy also helps promote mental health and prevent suicide. In this highly engaging interview, Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey makes the business case for emotional well-being at work. She concludes by sharing three take-aways that will help employers build a more psychologically hardy workplace:

TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.worksmartpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Quiz-Resilience-at-Work-October-2017-.pdf

TAKE THE QUIZ: https://www.worksmartpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Quiz-Resilience-at-Work-October-2017-.pdf

  1. Conduct a Gap Analysis: Is Your Workplace Mentally Fit?

  2. Build a Strategy: With leadership and legal advisors and develop a plan on how you will measure change

  3. Implement Wellness Programs at the Team Level





About Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey

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Judge (Ret.) Mary McClatchey, Founder and President of WorkSmart Partners, has three decades of experience as a judge, civil rights attorney, workplace mediator, and organizational trainer and consultant. A passionate mental health advocate with lived experience, she advises, trains, and consults with employers on how to create psychologically healthy workplaces, how to use accommodations as everyday management tools, and how to comply with the ADA and FMLA.

Judge McClatchey was formerly Senior Administrative Law Judge for the Colorado State Personnel Board, where she decided and mediated federal and state employment and civil rights claims for 15 years. Before that she was General Counsel for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, a litigator in private practice, and a prosecutor. Prior to law school, she cofounded the Women’s Leadership Training Institute in Denver, Colorado. She has cofounded and served on the boards of several community organizations.

McClatchey is currently a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Workplace Taskforce and a Mentor with Law School Yes We Can, a program to increase the pipeline of high school students of color into law school.

As Senior Administrative Law Judge for the State of Colorado, Mary decided and mediated hundreds of federal and state employment law claims, giving her exceptional expertise in employment and civil rights law, the factors that contribute to employer liability, and best practices for managing risk. Mary previously served as General Counsel to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and trial counsel in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, prosecuted jury trials in the Denver City Attorney’s Office, and litigated in private practice.


  1. WorkSmart Partners: worksmartpartners.com

  2. Resilience at Work: resilienceatwork.net

  3. TOOLKIT: Manager Response Toolkit -- Mental Health Issues https://www.worksmartpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Manager-Response-Toolkit-Mental-Health-Issues.pdf

  4. CHECKLIST: Management Tools, Work Supports, & Accommodations https://www.worksmartpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Management-Tools-Work-Supports-Accommodations.pdf

  5. SLIDE DECK: The View From the Bench: Mitigating Risk from Workplace Mental Health Issues https://www.worksmartpartners.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/WorkSmart-Partners-View-From-the-Bench-1.pdf

  6. ARTICLE: "New Approach to Mental Health" Insurance Thought Leadership McClatchey and Spencer-Thomas: http://insurancethoughtleadership.com/new-approach-to-mental-health/

  7. ARTICLE: "When Workplace Safety is a Core Value, Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Matter" Insurance Thought Leadership Lehmann & Spencer-Thomas http://insurancethoughtleadership.com/when-workplace-safety-is-a-core-value-mental-health-promotion-and-suicide-prevention-matter/

INFOGRAPHIC: Brain Health and the Workplace

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