October 2022 - Employee Engagement Calendar

September 22, 2022by Carissa Harrison in Workplace Wellbeing

Important dates and employee engagement ideas for the month of October.

October 2nd-8th is Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Mental Illness Awareness Week is a time to recognize the serious effects of mental illness on individuals, their loved ones, and society at large. This holiday is especially important to CheckingIn as we continue to advocate for mental health in the workplace.

World Cerebral Palsy Day - October 6th

World Cerebral Palsy Day was created to raise awareness around Cerebral Palsy, a motor disability that affects many parts of the body, including the brain.
Engagement Ideas
  • Spend time with someone you know with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Volunteer your time or money to help those living with cerebral palsy.

Canadian Thanksgiving - October 10th

On October 10th, Canadians gather with family and friends to celebrate all they are thankful for. For an increasing number of Canadians, Thanksgiving is also about remembering how Indigenous people have been negatively impacted by colonialism in Canada.
Engagement Ideas
  • Let your team know you are thankful for all the hard work they do.
  • Learn, research, and share the significance of this holiday for Indigenous peoples in Canada.

World Mental Health Day - October 10th

This is a day to spread awareness about the importance of good mental health on a global scale. We are beginning to see increased sensitivity toward mental health struggles, but stigma still remains.
Engagement Ideas

National Coming Out Day - October 11th

National Coming Out Day promotes a safe world for LGBTQ+ individuals to live openly. For many years, ignorance and silence allowed homophobia to persist, and coming out was a form of activism. Together we can make our communities safer, more welcoming, and more inclusive for members of LGBTQ+ communities.

Engagement Ideas
  • Have a conversation with friends or colleagues about the importance of supporting the LGBTQ2S+ community.
  • Amplify and listen to queer voices on this day (and every day).

National Day for the Eradication of Poverty - October 17th

Poverty directly impacts mental health. It is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that continues to be a massive problem worldwide. This day calls for awareness of the issue and participation in the global campaign to end poverty.

Engagement Ideas

  • Volunteer at your local food or homeless shelter.
  • Go out as a team and deliver food and supplies to those in need.
  • Donate what you can to eradicate poverty worldwide.

United Nations Day - October 24th

October 24th, 2022 will commemorate the 76-year anniversary of the United Nations. The United Nations works every day to create international peace and security, and this day marks an opportunity to amplify their agenda.

Engagement Ideas

  • Plan a group gathering to keep your team "united".
  • Speak with your team about how you can make your work environment a safer place.


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