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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: April, 2019
Apr 24, 2019

With a wellness industry that’s in desperate need of a better value story, we need to challenge the status quo and evolve as wellness professionals. There are times when it feels that we are stuck in a world of incentives, exercise programs and a medicalized model of wellness. Challenging this traditional model isn’t easy but it helps when the nation’s most-respected wellness organization is leading the evolution. 

So, what does it mean to evolve our current model of wellness? Today’s guest, Sara Rauch, Director of Strategy and Planning at WELCOA, tells us all about their evolved 7 Benchmarks. Many of you know or have heard of Ryan Picarella, the fearless leader of WELCOA but you may not know Sara, who stays behind the scenes. She makes things happen, connects wonderful people together and passionately cares for WELCOA members. Sara constantly elevates other people, so I want to make sure you guys know who she is because she’s quite wonderful.

In this interview, Sara tell us why WELCOA felt the need for a change, how they went about it, what’s different and what’s the same. Also, Sara goes in detail on Benchmarks 1-4, the precursors to where we as wellness pros like to go directly to – programming! 

We end the interview with us talking about this year’s Summit. WELCOA has listened to attendee feedback and there was a request for more tangible, how to advice. So, they are address every benchmark during the Summit. Plus, I’m excited to deliver the keynote on Benchmark 1 (Committed and Aligned Leadership).

If you are planning to attend the Summit, drop me a note to let me know.

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Apr 17, 2019

According to Christine Porath and Christine Pearson’s polling of thousands of workers over 14 years, 98% have experienced uncivil behavior. It’s not hard to imagine incivility when every day examples are interrupting co-workers, sarcasm and a rude email. Simply put, incivility leaves the recipient feeling devalued and disrespected.

The truth is that we can’t always blame it on other people who are uncivil. We all contribute, whether we’re the ones actually doing it or as a bystander. All it takes is a little rudeness and sarcasm and you’re there. The scary thing is that if incivility goes unchecked it can lead to bullying. As today’s guest Catherine Mattice Zendel tells us, 99% of bullying scenarios start out as incivility that goes unchecked.

Catherine, founder of Civility Partners, is a Strategic HR Consultant who assists organizations in building positive cultures through HR practices. In this interview, Catherine tells us what led her to start her company, she explains the spectrum of bad behavior (where incivility and bullying falls), what causes bullying and why these behaviors go unchecked.

She explains the many ways organizations can make more civil workplaces and leaves us with what we can do as wellness pros to contribute.

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Apr 10, 2019

There are so many emotions that come into the workplace each day, some harkening back to childhood hurt and trauma. According to today’s guest, Dr. Marcia Sirota, a board-certified psychiatrist, this “emotional leaking” can result in toxic workplace behaviors.

We’re all familiar with the micromanager and bully but what about the too nice people pleaser? Turns out, being too nice comes with its own set of problems in the workplace.

This episode shines a light on us as individuals and what we can do to be kind, not nice. In a way, it’s a bit of personal development episode. Our roles as wellness pros can sometimes lean towards people pleasing because we’re so passionate about helping people.

Even if you’re thinking people pleasing isn’t a problem for you, this interview will still be helpful because we also talk about other aspects of toxic workplace behaviors.

In this interview, Dr. Sirota breaks down the difference between being nice and kind, what can happen if we’re too nice at work and how we can be kind and advance at work. She also addresses other toxic behaviors such as bullying, micromanaging and passive aggression and when you need to “vote with your feet”.

Dr. Sirota also graciously offer listeners a coupon for 50% off her courses at the end of the interview.

Update: Next Generation Wellness training dates – two options

  • 23 to Nov. 18 (Mondays at 1 pm EST): Click HERE for more details.
  • August 26th at the WELCOA Summit Pre-Intensive: Click HERE for more details.

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Apr 3, 2019

Even if caregiving isn’t impacting you personally, your workforce is definitely impacted. The most recent stats reveal that 1 in 6 employees are caregivers and they spend an average of 20 hours of week providing care. That’s a part time job on top of the 40 hours+ they give their employer! 

If you’re not a caregiver, it’s easy to miss out on this prime opportunity to help employees juggle all of the demands they have on them. Caregivers have unique challenges like being pulled in many different directions, missing work opportunities, and financial challenges that all impact their wellbeing.

In this interview, Amy Goyer, Family and Caregiving Expert, shines a light on the great impact caregiving has on employees, including the challenges they face, their stressors and what they stand to lose as a result of caring for others. Amy Goyer is a writer, speaker and consultant who serves as AARP's national Family and Caregiving Expert, columnist, and spokesperson.

Amy starts off by dropping some eye-opening stats on working caregivers that will blow you away. She takes us on her caregiving journey that started when she was in college.  Amy offers her expertise on why employers should care and ways they can support caregivers in their organization. Finally, she leaves us with a tangible tip and a ton of working caregiver resources.

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