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Redesigning Wellness Podcast

The Redesigning Wellness podcast explores the world of corporate health to help employers build strategic wellness programs that engage employees. The Redesigning Wellness podcast is centered around what works and doesn’t work in wellness. In this podcast, Jen will interview experts in various worksite wellness specialties to demystify the common worksite wellness program. She’ll also spend time sharing common barriers to help get your wellness program moving forward. You’ll discover common sense approaches to wellness, tips for engaging employees and how to implement a program that your employees actually like.
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Jun 30, 2022

U.S. News named being a lawyer as the 2nd most stressful job in 2022. But it wasn’t until recently that far reaching reports identified major wellbeing deficits, such as problematic drinking, workaholism, and mental health concerns.

The reports led to a major call to action for the industry to address lawyer wellbeing. It also led to the creation of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of the legal profession through holistic well-being. 

Podcast guest Robin Wolpert is an appellate practitioner, business litigator, and white-collar criminal defense attorney at Sapientia Law Group in Minneapolis. She is Treasurer of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, Treasurer of the Institute for Well Being in Law, Member of the ABA House of Delegates, Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, and past President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

In this episode, Robin shares her entry into the industry and what’s changed in her 20 years of practice. Robin describes some unique challenges lawyers face, both in law school and once they are practicing.

She explains a series of reports that emerged, which was a call to action for things to change in the legal industry. Robin walks through a couple of the recommendations to enhance lawyer wellbeing and asks a question for lawyers to reframe their current environment.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

Jun 28, 2022

This is the final excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews another way organizations can build employee resilience – reconnecting to what’s important. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders. Plus, you’ll hear a live Q&A from webinar participants.

Want to learn more about resilience training for your organization? Learn more here.

Jun 23, 2022

Two years ago, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was the topic of new conversations, organizational pledges, and the creation of new job roles. But what has truly changed in the past two years?

Although some strides have been made, there remain many barriers to progress. How can we move beyond reading books to start taking concrete steps to closing racial gaps? Podcast guest, Dr. Ella Washington, is here to help guide us.

Ella Washington, PhD is an organizational psychologist and DEI expert with a wealth of experience through her involvement as the Founder and CEO of Ellavate Solutions, a Professor of Practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and the Co-host of Gallup's Center of Black Voices Cultural Competence Podcast.

Dr. Washington is eagerly anticipating the release of her first solo book, The Necessary Journey: Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion, published by Harvard Business Review Press.  

In this episode, we discuss what’s changed and not changed in the past two years the high-profile murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Dr. Washington offers some statistics on the role of Chief Diversity Officers and how they aren’t necessarily set up for success.

Ella shares what we can do as individuals and organizations to keep DEI front and center. She leaves us with three foundational steps to addressing DEI.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

Jun 21, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews one way organizations can build employee resilience – supporting rest and recovery. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders.

Stay tuned next week for the last in the series on how organizations can support resilience.

Jun 16, 2022

Burnout is the result of occupational stress left unmanaged, marked by high levels of exhaustion and depletion, emotional distance from our job, and cynicism. With the macro and micro stressors of the past two years, it’s no surprise that burnout is on the rise.

Although self-care strategies can be part of burnout treatment, we have to acknowledge where the systems around us are broken.

Podcast guest, Jennifer Moss, is author of The Burnout Epidemic, released in 2021. Moss was on the Global Happiness Council—a small group of leading scientists and economists that support the UN’s sustainable goals related to global well-being and the Annual Global Happiness Policy Report.

She was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year, an International Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. 

In this episode, we level set on what burnout is, how it progresses and some of its causes. We talk about how some organizational systems are broken and how they contribute to burnout. Then we get into some culture talk, small steps, and the role of job passion in burnout.

Jennifer leaves us with many tangible tips to deal with burnout – both organizationally and personally.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

Jun 14, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews one way organizations can build employee resilience - acknowledging and making space for emotions. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders.

Stay tuned for another way organizations can support resilience next week. 

Jun 9, 2022

What have the past two years been like for wellness professionals?

Going through the pandemic themselves, while trying to adjust to an ever-evolving situation for their employees has exposed deep issues that may not have been on their radar pre-pandemic. Wellness professionals are now charged with bigger challenges than ever while navigating the next normal.

Podcast guests, Sara Martin and Maggie Gough are leading wellness professionals into new territory. Sara Martin is CEO of WELCOA, and her purpose is helping people fulfill their highest potential in work and life through corporate health promotion.

Maggie Gough, COO of WELCOA, ensures members receive stellar service and build sustaining connections as a community. 

In this episode, we discuss how COVID has changed the landscape for wellness practitioners, the phases they went through, and where they are now. We discuss the issues that were always there that we may have had our blinders on for.

They talk about how WELCOA is answering the question – how do we show up for hard things? Listen in for why you should be a part of the WELCOA Community and attend the WELCOA Summit. And no, no one is pregnant, and George Clooney is not speaking at the Summit.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

Jun 7, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this first clip, Jen reviews some true/false questions around resilience. Will you answer them correctly? Stay tuned for the next clip next week.

Jun 2, 2022

Being a working mom during COVID was an impossible act of balancing full time jobs and full time teaching. Pew Research Center found that working mothers were generally more likely than working fathers to say that they faced a variety of professional challenges since the beginning of COVID.

In this episode, podcast guest Leslie Forde explains the impact of the pandemic on working mothers. She shares some relevant research, strategies on how employers can support mothers, and how working moms can take care of their own wellbeing.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

May 26, 2022

It’s important to stay positive, especially in trying times. But what happens when that positivity becomes unhelpful, shaming, and ultimately, toxic? The idea that the best or only way to cope with a negative situation is to put a positive spin on it is toxic to our emotional health.

In this episode guest Dr. Natalie Dattilo, a Clinical Psychologist, and Mental Wellness Expert describes what toxic positivity looks like, and the line between being helpful and crossing over into toxicity. 

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

May 19, 2022

Connecting socially is an innate human need and one that was practically eliminated during the pandemic. For the past two years, we turned to social media, Zoom calls, and Netflix for our main sources of connection. Now that we’re going back into the office and gathering in larger groups, how can we ease back into being with each other and rebuild social connections? 

Podcast guest, Dr. Natalie Kerr, is a social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Kerr enjoys sharing psychological science to help others improve their lives. Her current research focuses on the social psychology of loneliness, including interventions to help people feel more connected and less lonely. 

In this episode, we discuss why social connection is so important and how we can come back together without extreme awkwardness. Dr. Kerr talks about loneliness and how the solution is counter to the advice of “just put yourself out there”. We discuss how nature can help build social connections and why we don’t reach out to people when they are going through hard times. Finally, Natalie leaves us with a warning about marketing programs to ease loneliness.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

May 12, 2022

The stats point to the likelihood that most of us are in some stage of burnout, and guess who this includes? Managers – you know, the ones leading your employees. Managers navigate the delicate balance between investing in and supporting their team, getting their own work done, and (trying to) understand the priorities from above. How do successful managers balance it all? That’s what this episode is all about.

Podcast guest, Karen Suchsland, is known for fostering collaborative team environments that allow team members to learn, grow professionally and successfully deliver on company objectives while having a healthy dose of fun. 

In this episode, we discuss how leaders can help their employees with overwhelm, and why trust is the most crucial ingredient a leader needs to build. Karen guides leaders on how to navigate the conversation around mental health and offers a script for following up after you’ve suggested specific resources. Finally, she leaves us with ways a leader can better engage their team (and these are ones she’s implemented with her own teams).

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

May 10, 2022

It’s been over a year since host, Jen Arnold, decided to take a break from the Redesigning Wellness podcast. In this episode, Jen walks you through what’s in store for the podcast and her thoughts on where we are today (and where we’re not) with organizational wellbeing.

She also reveals a new product she’s just released and unveils where her and her family settled down after almost two years of RV travel. Plus, she answers the questions she gets most often about the transition from full time RV life to living in a (stationary) house.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit https://redesigningwellness.com/

 

Mar 31, 2021

Host Jen Arnold began the Redesigning Wellness Podcast in 2016, fresh out of the corporate workforce and eager to learn and dissect the multitude of aspects affecting employee wellness. Back then, she had fewer clients, much more free time, and one fewer kid at home. 

After a bit of soul searching and careful deliberation, Jen’s decided that she needs some space from the podcast to assess if she misses it, or if it’s time to move on. 

In this episode, podcast host Jen Arnold explains her decision to take a break from the podcast, a few of the reasons behind her careful consideration, and offers a heartfelt thanks to longtime listeners who have accompanied her on this journey.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Mar 24, 2021

In a society hyper focused on productivity and doing more, it can be easy to bully yourself about being lazy and not accomplishing enough.

Today’s guest, Dr. Devon Price, Professor at Loyola University Chicago and author of Laziness Does Not Exist believes that worth is not tied to productivity and that the perception around laziness is toxic.

In this episode, Devon explains their personal experience with overachievement and how that mentality changed. They discuss what they call the laziness lie, how mistrust from employers is damaging employees, and how organizations can change the perception around laziness.

Lastly, Devon offers an excellent tangible tip for people who have a hard time saying no.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Mar 17, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the shortcomings of many benefits programs at the same time as 2020 prompted a closer look at diversity and inclusion within organizations. The marriage of these two occurrences has resulted in interesting considerations regarding inclusion in benefits. 

Today’s guest, Rachael McCann, Senior Director and North American Health & Benefits Inclusion & Diversity practice leader at Willis Towers Watson, is helping businesses understand how to optimize their benefits offerings based on the diverse characteristics of their current and future workforce.

Rachael has 20 years of experience supporting employers inclusion and diversity and exploring the role benefits can play. 

In this episode, Rachael explores some of the benefits trends she saw in response to COVID, highlighting mental health offerings and caregiving solutions. She shares a few guidelines for considering inclusion in benefits programs and the importance of understanding social determinants of health in relation to benefits inclusivity. 

Lastly, Rachael offers tangible tips for both wellness professionals and organizations on considering inclusion and diversity in benefits offerings.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Mar 10, 2021

In the last decade, the wellness industry has been on a steady rise. With 80% of large companies and 50% of small companies implementing wellness programs, wellness isn’t just a consideration for big businesses anymore.

Today’s guest, Nikki Reynolds, Wellness Specialist at ePlus, believes that small businesses can actually provide the best environment for wellness program success.

In this episode, Nikki explains her somewhat unorthodox start with SMP and how she went about building a wellness program for a business of fewer than 50 employees.

Nikki shares some of her challenges as well as her proudest moments, as well as the philosophy she’s held while pivoting through COVID. Finally, she offers tangible tips to professionals making a pitch and to small business owners unsure of buying into wellness.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Feb 24, 2021

The ability to understand and alter the power dynamic of a team is an essential leadership skill for maximum effectiveness according to today’s guest, Lindy Greer, Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

In addition to her Associate Professorship, Lindy is the Faculty Director of the Sanger Leadership Center. Her expertise in leadership development has been published in leading outlets such as Forbes, the New York Times, and the Journal of Applied Psychology to name a few. 

In this episode, Lindy briefly discusses her inspiration to look at leadership differently and takes a deep dive on the four keys to a positive leadership hierarchy. She explains the importance of creating areas of ownership for team members as well as building team structures that are flexible. 

Lindy gives the example of learning to power flex through voice and other strategies for reducing or increasing the power distance between leaders and teams. Lastly, she offers a tangible tip to be intentional about your team’s hierarchy.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Feb 17, 2021

Psychologists believe that we spend over 80% of our lives on autopilot. We all know how hard it can be to step out of our comfort zones. What would life be like if we dared to do something different? This is the central question that today’s guest, Ray Richards, CEO and Founder of Do Something Different, hopes to encourage others to answer.

Ray Richards is also the host of the podcast Life Done Different.ly and creator of the FLEX app, having dedicated the last 30 years to exploring work, play, and behavioral flexibility. 

In this episode, Ray explains the Do Something Different approach, including obstacles to getting out of your comfort zone and the downfall of the smart goals approach. He discusses how organizations can start to behave differently and how wellness integrates into the movement. Finally, Ray leaves wellness professionals with a tangible tip on how to start shirking the status quo.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Feb 10, 2021

Everyone deserves access to healthcare and respect from healthcare providers - regardless of shape, body size, or skin color. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. According to BMC Medicine, weight stigma is particularly prevalent and detrimental in healthcare settings, with documented high levels of ‘anti-fat’ bias in healthcare providers, patients with obesity receiving poorer care and having worse outcomes 

Today’s guest, Dr. Lesley Williams, is trying to change the narrative. Dr. Williams is a board certified family medicine physician and a certified eating disorder specialist. Her years working in the mental health field led her to become an advocate for body positivity and size diversity. Dr. Williams is also a passionate advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare. 

In this episode, Dr. Williams explains the importance of weight independent healthcare, including the BMI and it’s racial implications. She discusses racism's effect on health, her own personal experiences with racism, and how important it is to embrace curiosity in healthcare.

Dr. Williams touches briefly on the importance of health equity and her adoption of the HAES model in healthcare. She discusses her children’s book Free to Be Me: Self Love for All Sizes and why she wrote it. Lastly, she leaves listeners with a tangible tip to combat weight stigma culture.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Resilience Reboot for Leaders.

In this 4-week session, your leaders (or informal leaders) will watch short Resilience lessons before each class. In the weekly, live Zoom meetings we’ll break into small groups, using the resilience skills learned to apply to each participant's unique situation.

This group will be made up of leaders across multiple organizations, so you can send only the employees you want to pay for. 

First group starts Feb. 16th – each employee is $125 with discounts for 2 or more employees.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

 

Feb 3, 2021

Though the general trend of diversity and inclusion is increasing, wellness fields like dietetics and health promotion have not experienced as much growth or attention as other industries.

Today’s guest, Deanna Belleny, co-founder of the non-profit Diversity Dietetics, is seeking to change this by providing support, mentoring, and barrier deconstruction with the goal of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity in the field of nutrition. 

In addition to her non-profit work, Deanna Belleny is the Assistant Director of Health Systems Transformation at the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care

In this episode, Deanna discusses the decision to start Diversify Dietetics, including the lack of representation and resulting microaggressions she experienced early on in her education and career. She shares some of the barriers to entering dietetics that minorities experience, the impact the lack of diversity has on the field, and how white dieticians can expand their perspectives. 

Lastly, Deanna explains the goal of Diversify Dietetics, the current programs and initiatives they’ve built, and leaves listeners with a tangible tip on where to start to be a part of the solution.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Resilience Reboot for Leaders.

In this 4-week session, your leaders (or potential leaders) will watch short Resilience lessons before each class. In the weekly, live Zoom meetings we’ll break into small groups, using the resilience skills learned to apply to each participant's unique situation. 

This group will be made up of leaders across multiple organizations, so you can send only the employees you want to pay for.  

The first group starts Feb. 16th – each employee is $125 with discounts for 2 or more employees.  

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jan 27, 2021

In April of 2020, as the coronavirus forced the first major shutdowns in the US, unemployment rates in every state soared to a level not previously seen since data collection began in 1948. Among those affected were today’s guests Chrissy Ball, Michelle Bartelt, and Scott Dinwiddie - highly skilled wellness professionals with over 40 years of collective experience (check out their full bios below).

In this episode, our panel of guests discuss the tumultuous experience of job loss including processing the emotions, resisting the temptation to doubt yourself, and the lessons they’ve learned through this experience. They share plenty of advice for others experiencing job loss, as well as tangible tips for professionals tasked with letting employees go.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Resilience Reboot for Leaders.

In this 4-week session, your leaders (or potential leaders) will watch short Resilience lessons before each class. In the weekly, live Zoom meetings we’ll break into small groups, using the resilience skills learned to apply to each participant's unique situation.

This group will be made up of leaders across multiple organizations, so you can send only the employees you want to pay for. 

First group starts Feb. 16th – each employee is $125 with discounts for 2 or more employees.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

 

Jan 22, 2021

In this solo episode of the Redesigning Wellness podcast, host Jen Arnold talks about the importance of knowing your values, why they are important, and how she uses them to guide her decisions. 

This values exercise is mentioned: Click here

Jan 20, 2021

Wellness isn’t so much a healthcare problem as a matter of psychological needs fulfillment, according to today’s podcast guest Scott Dinwiddie. He believes organizations need to start looking at wellness as a problem related to value creation rather than downside costs.

Scott Dinwiddie, corporate wellbeing strategist and self professed employee experience evangelist, is an independent consultant with nearly a decade of experience building better, more effective wellness programs.

In this episode, Scott offers his unique definition of wellness as well as the 4 rules that make up what he calls Wellness 2.0. He takes a deeper dive on these rules, discussing how to connect to the employee voice during the restrictions of the pandemic and how to gain traction and collaboration on addressing problems with the employee experience. Lastly, he leaves listeners with a tangible tip.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Workplace Money Coach.

Workplace Money Coach’s Living Paycheck to Purpose financial empowerment program leads participants through thought-provoking activities and interactive discussions that help to cultivate a mindset around money so they can continue to thrive in their financial lives. 

In order to serve your employees in a safe and healthy way, Workplace Money Coach can provide programming and one-on-one financial coaching in a live, social distance setting as well as a virtual option.  

Here is what participants of the Living Paycheck to Purpose program are saying:

“Shane at Workplace Money Coach was an impressive vendor from all aspects of professionalism, quality, useful/valid information, and facilitation. All around, this was a great experience both as a coordinator and participant.” 

Isiah wrote:

“This was probably one of the most important classes of my lifetime, and it couldn't have come at a better time with the pandemic and social distancing giving many of us just the time we needed to sit back and evaluate our expenses and where our money has been going. I for one will be putting everything I learned into practice in some form or another, thanks for everything.” 

As a bonus to their Living Paycheck to Purpose program, Workplace Money Coach is offering my listeners a complimentary coaching session for all participants of the program so employees can get individualized attention for their financial situation. Just mention that you heard about the program through the Redesigning Wellness Podcast. 

Workplace Money Coach has trained facilitators across the country ready to help improve the financial lives of your employees. 

You can learn more about Workplace Money Coach’s financial empowerment program and schedule a call to see if the Living Paycheck to Purpose program is right for your employees by visiting www.workplacemoneycoach.com.

For links mentioned in today's episode visit: http://bit.ly/Redesignpod

Jan 15, 2021

In this solo episode of the Redesigning Wellness podcast, host Jen Arnold talks about the role of the wellness coordinator, how the job duties are keeping us (and wellness) small, and how we can elevate the role in an organization.

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