This episode is a summary of this week's podcast interviews and focuses on what to say when you talk to leadership about wellness. Jen recounts her struggles talking to CEO's when she was just starting out in her career. She summarizes advice from Dee Edington and Jennifer Pitts on what to say when your leadership could care less about wellness.
Dee Edington, CEO of Edington Associates, has been in the wellness field for 40 years and reveals the wellness questions he asks CEO's when he's working with organizations. He has great advice on how to talk to leadership even when they're not bought into wellness.
Dee gives a ton of value in this episode. He talks about why we shouldn't walk away from the word "wellness", how we can help employees get to their highest potential and how we should always start with what's going well first.
He also talks about the standard approach to wellness, including biometric screenings and financial incentives.
Finally, Dee talks about the value of caring and gratitude. There's an amazing amount of knowledge Dee imparts on us in this episode and I know I learned a ton.
Jennifer Pitts is the founder of the Institute for Positive Organizational Health, and co-founder of Edington Associates. She and Dee Edington recently coauthored a new book, Shared Values - Shared Results, a book that proposes a systems view for designing healthier cultures in organizations.
In this podcast, we talk about:
This was my favorite quote from Jennifer and great advice for anyone having trouble starting a wellness movement:
"Start a movement wherever you can get a foothold or leverage in your organization."
I also pick her brain on a focus on disease management vs wellness, systems thinking, characteristics of healthy organizations and mistakes employers make with evaluation.
Finally, Jennifer answers this question:
How do we shift the thinking from a wellness program to whole organizational health?
This is a 4 minute quick tip where Jen talks about what to consider in the environment when putting in a weight loss program.
Dr. Rebecca Robbins conducts research at the NYU School of Medicine on the critical role sleep plays in our waking lives. She co-authored a book called Sleep for Success! in 2011 with Dr. James B. Maas.
Dr. Robbins published peer-reviewed literature in publications including SLEEP, the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Preventing Chronic Disease. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, The Financial Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and Martha Stewart Living.
Dr. Robbins has appeared on many news shows, including Fox Business News, ABC World News Now, CBS This Morning, and ABC Nightline. She speaks on the topic of sleep to audiences ranging from academic to corporate, including Google and General Electric (just to name a few).
Today Rebecca and I discuss:
Rebecca talks about her time at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab where she published a few papers on employee wellness. One was the 10% solution around management involvement in wellness and workplace health codes of conduct. It's a very interesting approach to employee health.
Dr. Robbins talks about a powerful approach to technology, tangible tips for getting a good night's sleep and what night shift and split shift workers can do to get better sleep.
When talking sleep, of course we talk about sleep pods, nap rooms and what's up with being sleepy between 2 and 4 p.m.
Meet Amy Grazen, Corporate Resilience Trainer and Intrinsic Health Coach. Amy and I met a couple years ago when I was brought her training to my last employer. From the first time I was exposed to resilience training, I was hooked because it made such an impact in my life both personally and professionally.
In this episode we discuss:
Amy also shares a hard time in her life when all of her resilience practices went away. She tells us how she got back on track with practicing resilience.
As with every episode, Amy will give us a tangible tip for both employees and employer's health and wellness practices.
Ryan is President of WELCOA, otherwise known as the Wellness Council of America.
In this episode, we discuss:
Ultimately, Ryan thinks we're having the wrong conversations around wellness.
He gives us advice on:
Ryan is very transparent about the changes he's making within WELCOA and gives us a behind the scenes recap of their brand redesign. He also shares the 3 words that represent WELCOA's brand.