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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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Now displaying: January, 2017
Jan 25, 2017

I regularly ask my guests their thoughts on wellness incentives. I decided to focus today’s episode on incentives and what works to engage employees. Today's guest is Dr. Paul Marciano.

Dr. Paul is a leading authority on employee engagement and retention and author of “Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT”.

Dr. Paul and I discuss:

  • The difference between motivation and engagement
  • His RESPECT model
  • The simple step a manager can take to engage their employees AND
  • What we should be doing differently to engage new employees

Paul talks about when incentives programs are really helpful and when they're not. He gives a great example of an employee of the month story and how it was a demotivator for an employee.

Paul walks us through his RESPECT model, both the definition and examples, and tells us about the impact pf praise on employees.

Dr. Paul leaves us with his book recommendation and a tangible tip.

Jan 18, 2017

We know how hard it is to change health behavior. Yet we spend our lives educating employees on the long term benefits of rational solutions, like eating healthier and exercising.

Today's guest, Dr. Shahram Heshmat studies how people make decisions over time and how we ignore future consequences. Shahram specializes in the behavioral economics of Addiction & Self Control.

In this episode we talk about:

  • What exactly is behavioral economics
  • Why promoting the long term benefits of health may not be impactful
  • Some motivational factors that influence our vulnerability for impulsive behavior. There’s one he calls the “what the hell” effect? That I can totally relate to.
  • How we can education the impulsive mind.

I ask Shahram what can we do as wellness professionals to apply these learnings and he leaves us with great parting thoughts with some clear examples. 

Jan 11, 2017

It’s the start of the year, which means a few people may still be hanging on to their New Year’s resolutions. You may know that the top resolution for Americans is to lose weight. But as we know most people aren’t successful with this one (or any others really). That’s why I brought on today’s guest, Byron Morrison.

Byron Morrison is the Author of the book 'Become a Better You', and the founder of Tailored Lifestyles Coaching. His work is all about helping as many people as possible live healthier and happier lives, by taking a holistic approach to losing weight, becoming more active, managing stress, and improving their wellbeing.

He was a hardworking professional in the Marketing/business field who was 50 pounds overweight, out of shape and unhappy. A life event caused him to completely turn around his lifestyle and start a career in health coaching.

Byron’s story is impactful because it’s from someone who was at the beginner level and can talk about the challenges he faced. His story can help us have more empathy for the struggles people face when overcoming barriers to lifestyle changes. It’s not as easy as telling them to exercise more and eat less!

Jan 4, 2017

As I was reflecting on 2016, it’s been full of self-imposed changes. Starting this podcast has enabled me to connect with amazing wellness experts that helped me expand my thinking around wellness.

With this podcast, I set out to talk with both wellness experts and those that are experts in different areas that complement the field of health promotion. This podcast is my small way of challenging the status quo wellness programming and trying to move the wellness field forward. I have learned a ton and been inspired by many.

Although this is a year end, wrap up episode, I thought it was a good way to kick off 2017. This episode will be clips from 10 episodes that impacted either my listeners or me. Hopefully you can get inspired by some of these messages to challenge the status quo in 2017.

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