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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, 2019
Jan 30, 2019

We’ve all had charged conversations in both in our work and personal lives. When someone is “coming at us”, our human instinct often takes over, leaving us defensive, in disbelief or formulating our rebuttal. None of these responses are particularly helpful, especially since it causes us to tune out and not get to the source of what matters. So, what do you do instead?

Today’s guest, Dr. Wendy Lynch, walks us through how to put aside these less helpful reactions and get to what matters. Wendy is a data scientist who runs her own consulting firm conducting Big Data analytic projects in Human Capital Management.

A consultant to numerous Fortune 100 companies, her career includes faculty at the UC Health Sciences Center, VP of Strategic Development at HCMS, Principal at Mercer HR and Board of Directors for two publicly-traded firms. Dr. Lynch has also published three books: Who Survives, Aligning incentives, information and choice and, most recently, Get to What Matters.

Today we start with how the heck a data scientist wrote a book on communication, Wendy mentions the #1 mistake we make when having conversations at work and she takes us through the impact of a powerful conversations (using the Rule of Three). Wendy provides such amazing tangible tips we can all use when navigating difficult conversations that you will no doubt want to take notes throughout this interview!

Next Generation Wellness: From Theory to Practice – Early Bird Ends 1/31!

Although our 9-week Next Gen Wellness training doesn’t start until February 13th, the early bird special ends January 31st. That means the price goes from $695 to $895. You can find out more here.

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

Jan 23, 2019

If you’re a regular listener you may have heard me mention a small group I facilitated last Fall. I offered it as a bonus for those who signed up early for our Next Gen Wellness Training that starts February 13th. 

We had a group of seven wellness pros and each week, I’d briefly present on a topic and we’d all discuss our thoughts around it and how/if it would work in our organization. It was amazing because all seven people were extremely cool. Everyone spoke their mind but was extremely respectful of each other.

When I asked for feedback, one person asked if there was a way to get the message out that there needs to be a shift in wellness. After letting that sink in, I thought why not bring a few of the small group members on the podcast. You guys can hear directly from wellness pros other than me that change is needed. 

Today’s guests are:

  • Jill Dorris, Sr Health and Performance Consultant at HUB International Insurance Services.
  • Kristin Stapleton, is Executive Director for Paradigm Health and Wellness.
  • Margo W. Riddle is an experienced health and wellness professional who has the ability to work at both the employee and organization levels with multiple credentials in health coaching and workplace wellness.

In this interview, each guest starts out telling us what they do and what challenges come with it. They talk about why we need a shift in the wellness industry, what prompted them to take a gamble on the small group plus next gen and what they got out of it.

Finally, although our 9-week next gen wellness training doesn’t start until February 13th, the early bird special ends January 31st. That means the price goes from $695 to $895. You can find out more here.

I hope you enjoy this interview with Jill, Kristin and Margo!

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

To join the Redesigning Wellness Community, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/rdwellnesscommunity/

Jan 16, 2019

75% of people say their boss is the most stressful part of their workday. Couple that with the fact that 56% of American workers claim their boss is mildly or highly toxic boss, then poor management becomes a serious obstacle to employee wellbeing.

Today's guest, Mary Abbajay, provides valuable insight into the many facets of a bad boss. Mary is the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government. She’s also the author of Managing Up: How to Move Up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss.  

In this interview, Mary defines a bad boss, the ramifications of reporting to a bad boss and the difference between a bad boss and a toxic boss. I ask Mary how you make companies aware bad bosses are a problem without putting them on the defensive. Mary also tells us her own bad boss story and leaves us with tangible tips for both managers and wellness pros who may want to broach this subject in their organization.

You’re Invited to our Encore Webinar: If you’re still on the fence about joining our training, Rebecca and I are hosting an Encore Webinar, “The Critical Steps to Increase Your Impact and Influence as a Wellness Professional” on January 17th at 2 pm EST. Register HERE.

Many health promotion efforts are stuck in an old paradigm, operating on outdated thinking or flawed assumptions.

This webinar will separate myth from reality – and jump start your path to confidently bringing your organization into the next generation of worksite wellness. You’ll leave with valuable insights and practical takeaways on how to increase your influence in your organization

You can register for the webinar HERE.

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

Jan 9, 2019

The Illinois Workplace Wellness Study was published about a year ago. A member of our Redesigning Wellness Facebook Community. I read the study, commented, then moved on with my life. Then the study started grabbing headlines like “wellness doesn’t work” and gaining attention.

Even a year later, it’s vital to understand the year one results of this study. This study is a randomized controlled trial, considered to be the gold standard of research. And we don’t have a lot of rigorous evidence available on the effectiveness of workplace wellness, so this study matters.

This interview is with David Molitor and Julian Reif, both Assistant Professors at the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, are two out of the three researchers of the study who are my guests today (full bios below).

In this interview, David and Julian tell us what got them interested in studying workplace wellness they break down the findings very clearly and I ask them about that wellness vendor webinar where a wellness industry expert drew different conclusions than I understood them to be.

We talk about the future of the study because it’s still going on, when new results will be available and they’ll tell us what they recommend we as wellness pros take should away from the results.

You’re Invited to our Encore Webinar: If you’re still on the fence about joining our training, Rebecca and I are hosting an Encore Webinar, “The Critical Steps to Increase Your Impact and Influence as a Wellness Professional” on January 17th at 2 pm EST. Register HERE.

Many health promotion efforts are stuck in an old paradigm, operating on outdated thinking or flawed assumptions.

This webinar will separate myth from reality – and jump start your path to confidently bringing your organization into the next generation of worksite wellness. You’ll leave with valuable insights and practical takeaways on how to increase your influence in your organization

You can register for the webinar HERE.

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

Jan 2, 2019

We’re all looking to work for or with culture first companies. You know the type of company where leadership intentionally works toward building a strong (and positive) culture. Although this seems rare, ADURO is one of those companies. 

Today’s guest, Dr. Toni Best, Chief Human Performance Officer and co-founder at ADURO, aims to bring out the best in their people. But getting to where they are today didn’t come without some challenges! 

In this interview, Toni explains what ADURO does, how they approach wellness a bit differently than other wellness vendors and how their company got started. We then switch to discussing their employee growth, the internal pain points of silos forming and what they did about it. Lastly, Toni leaves us with their lessons learned and a tangible tip. 

I hope you enjoy this refreshing peak into ADURO’s journey!

You’re Invited to our Encore Webinar: “The Critical Steps to Increase Your Impact and Influence as a Wellness Professional” on January 17th at 2 pm EST. Register HERE.

Many health promotion efforts are stuck in an old paradigm, operating on outdated thinking or flawed assumptions. 

This webinar will separate myth from reality – and jump start your path to confidently bringing your organization into the next generation of worksite wellness. You’ll leave with valuable insights and practical takeaways on how to increase your influence in your organization

You can register for the webinar HERE.

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

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