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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: February, 2019
Feb 28, 2019

We understand the importance of culture, but it can feel too big for us to do anything about. Or maybe we feel like it’s someone else’s job. So, we go about our day contributing to the culture whatever way we feel like showing up that day. But as today’s guest, Maggie Gough, tell us culture is everyone’s responsibility.

Here’s her definition of culture:

Culture is a million micro moments of people in connection with one another in an organization.

 But Maggie didn’t start out in the culture biz. She’s a fellow dietitian who has held various worksite wellness roles from working in a call center to wellness director at a biometric screening company (and a couple other positions along the way). It wasn’t until she found herself misaligned with her values, ill and in need of recovery that she started her own business, Realize Wellbeing.

In the first 20 minutes of this interview, Maggie takes us through the twists and turns of her worksite wellness career to date.  For those of you early in your careers or wanting to advance, she’s got some great advice for you.

Maggie gets candid (as is her nature) about when she was sick, anxious and in need of recovery. We discuss coaching employees and dive into her training called “All In”, that focuses on culture and why we’re all responsible for building it. Maggie leaves us with details on a Wellbeing Accelerator she created in partnership with WELCOA.

Announcement: I’m holding another small group training from July 15 to August 19, 2019. This is a 6-week weekly session where we briefly cover a Next Generation Wellness topic then spend time discussing how (or if) it would work in your organization or clients. There will only be 7 spots open and I haven’t opened registration yet. If you’re interested, use this contact form to let me know or if you want more info.

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

Feb 20, 2019

Work disability has been described as one of the biggest social and labor market challenges that hinders economic growth and reduces effective labor supply (OECD, 2010).  Work disability costs organizations 9 to 15% of their payroll and the employer’s response at the time of injury can influence as much as a 26% decrease in duration.  

Even if you don’t manage the work disability process for your organization, it’s important to understand that work disability is a separate condition with its own set of causes and has its own set of interventions. 

Today’s guest, Jason Parker, President and Senior Work Disability Consultant of Centrix Disability Management Services, takes us through the multitude of factors that impact an employee returning to work.

In this interview, Jason tells us how he got into work disability and explains the high costs of work disability. We then discuss how work disability is developmental in nature and that there are multiple factors involved in successfully getting employees back to work. Jason outlines his four guiding principles and offers tangible tips for how we can help foster a successful return to work for these employees.

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

Feb 14, 2019

According to Gallup, people with high Career Wellbeing are more than twice as likely to be thriving in their lives overall. But only 20% of people strongly agree that they like what they do each day. That means 4 out of 5 people don’t like what they do each day, impacting their overall employee wellbeing.

Because Career Wellbeing often relies on partnership with others in your organization or different conversations with your clients it can be seen as outside of the scope of wellness. So, what can you do to impact this foundational element of wellbeing?

That what today’s guest, Dr. Jim Harter, Chief Scientist for Gallup's Workplace Management and Well-being Practice, answers for us today. Dr. Harter is co-author of the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, and his research is featured in First, Break All the Rules. His 5 Strengths are: Achiever, Focus, Learner, Relator and Futuristic.

In this interview, Jim and I discuss the research behind the 5 Elements of Wellbeing and he answers my burning question – where does emotional health fall into the dimensions?

We then dig into Career Wellbeing - what it is, the research behind it and why they are moving towards term Purpose. We discuss why so many people seem to live for the weekends, the link between poor career wellbeing and health and how we (and our organizations) can positively impact career or purpose wellbeing.

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

Feb 6, 2019

We frequently throw around the word wellbeing but don’t always define what wellbeing means to the population we’re serving. The fact is that what drives my wellbeing is different than what drives your wellbeing. This makes it really tough to address true wellbeing in the workplace because there are not only multiple factors to consider but we all value these factors differently. 

As health professionals, we also like to place people in neat and tidy categories, like healthy, at risk or high risk/chronic. But wellbeing is much more complex than simply putting labels on people. As one of today’s guests said, “Just because you’re physically healthy doesn’t mean you have a high level of wellbeing and just because you’re terminally ill doesn’t mean you have a low level of wellbeing.”

Today’s guests are Sandi Winter and Julia Gustafson. Sandi Winter, PhD, MHA, is the Director of the WELL for Life research initiative (WELL) and a Social Science Research Scholar at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). Julia works as the Director of Community Engagement for Stanford WELL for Life where she strives to empower local communities and organizations to adopt and promote a culture of holistic well-being.

In this interview, we discuss their roles at WELL for Life, the research they conducted to further understand wellbeing from a diverse perspective and the 10 areas of wellbeing they found. Sandi and Julia walk us through how the WELL for Life scale is used today in worksites, the user experience plus some free resources available to those who take the assessment.

Foundational funding for the Stanford Wellness Living Laboratory (WELL) was generously provided via an unrestricted gift through the Nutrilite Health Institute Wellness Fund. 

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

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