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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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Dec 16, 2020

Give yourself a pat on the back for making it through 2020! It’s time for Jen’s annual wellness wrap-up with colleague Bob Merberg, Principal Consultant at Jozito. A year like this one definitely needs a debrief to look at how the industry coped and pivoted through a year fraught with uncertainty and tumult. 

In this episode, Jen and Bob recap how they personally fared in 2020 along with their opinions on the high notes and challenges that the industry at large experienced. They touch on essential wellness topics highlighted this year, such as the conversation on diversity in wellness, the importance of employee mental health offerings, and the effect of virtual learning on parent’s work and wellness. 

Finally, they discuss what’s next for each of them in 2021, and their hopes for the wellness industry moving forward.

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

Dec 9, 2020

The scope of career paths open to wellness professionals varies far and wide, as evidenced by the resume of today’s guest, Dr. Jay Maddock, Co-director of the Center for Health and Nature and Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Texas A&M.

Dr. Jay Maddock has done a little bit of everything - serving as the Director and Chair of the University of Hawaii Public Health Program, the Dean of the School of Public Health and Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M University, and most recently the Editor In Chief of the Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living.

In this episode, Jay discusses his background and aspects of his time with the Healthy Hawaii Committee. He shares a bit about his role as Chief Wellness Officer at Texas A&M and the creation of their successful wellness program, Flourish. 

Jay then delves into his real passion, the Center for Health and Nature and his fascination with how the outdoors affects everything from illness recovery to worksite wellness. Lastly, he leaves wellness professionals with a few tangible tips.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Giving back for the holidays will look a little different this year. We all know that employee volunteerism is beneficial to both the community AND your employees mental health, so don’t let safety restrictions stop your company from volunteering this holiday season! Kynd Kits are volunteer experiences that can be sent to your employees home, and each kit benefits a different cause. The Kynd Kit team will even facilitate a team building experience over zoom once all of the employees get their volunteer projects delivered.

Kynd Kits are provided by Denver based non-profit Project Helping, and 100% of the proceeds from Kynd Kits go to benefit mental health initiatives and volunteerism.

Head over to KyndKit.com and put in the code RWpodcast to order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

Also, if you want to set up an employee experience, email hey@kyndhub.com or justin@projecthelping.org

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

Dec 2, 2020

The stress and anxiety increase among employees as a result of COVID has required emotionally connected leadership, leaving many leaders wondering how to accomplish this while maintaining accountability. Today’s guest, Errol Doebler, founder of Leader 193, has developed a leadership training process that hinges on emotional awareness to identify and change culture in an organization.

Having served in both the Navy SEALs and the FBI, Errol Doebler is no stranger to both excellent and poor leadership. His experience has culminated in the founding of the leadership consulting firm Leader 193 as well as writing his book The Process, Art, and Science of Leadership: How Leaders Inspire Confidence and Clarity in Combat, in the Boardroom, and at the Kitchen Table.

In this episode, Errol discusses his experience in both the Navy SEALs and the FBI that lead him to leadership consulting. He explores some of the factors behind bad leadership and briefly explains his leadership process.

Errol talks about the importance of getting to the underlying aspects of stress and how the Wim Hof Method can help. He touches on the awareness needed to identify current company culture and how to create guidelines for behavior in order to change it. 

Finally, Errol discusses the drawbacks to multitasking and leaves wellness professionals with a tangible tip on how to enhance the leadership conversation within their organization.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Giving back for the holidays will look a little different this year. We all know that employee volunteerism is beneficial to both the community AND your employees mental health, so don’t let safety restrictions stop your company from volunteering this holiday season! Kynd Kits are volunteer experiences that can be sent to your employees home, and each kit benefits a different cause. The Kynd Kit team will even facilitate a team building experience over zoom once all of the employees get their volunteer projects delivered.

Kynd Kits are provided by Denver based non-profit Project Helping, and 100% of the proceeds from Kynd Kits go to benefit mental health initiatives and volunteerism.

Head over to KyndKit.com and put in the code RWpodcast to order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

Also, if you want to set up an employee experience, email hey@kyndhub.com or justin@projecthelping.org

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

Nov 25, 2020

It’s no secret that teachers are one group that have borne a great deal of the weight of the pandemic, and as such their wellbeing has been impacted immeasurably. Concerns over the health and safety of their own families as well as the wellbeing of their students have resulted in an astounding amount of pressure, stress, and burnout. 

Today’s guest, Tyecia Powell, wellness coach and consultant for Nonprofit Wellness and Sojourner Truth PCS, gives us an inside perspective on what educators are dealing with and how they are coping.

In this episode, Tyecia discusses a bit of her 15 year background in the education sector, including the parts that she loved and the things that lead to her eventual burnout. She explains some of the challenges teachers are facing both pre and post COVID as well as how administrators, parents, and other teachers can offer support.

Lastly, Tyecia touches on necessary teacher self-care and leaves wellness professionals in the educational sphere with a tangible tip on how they can help alleviate stress.

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

Nov 18, 2020

2020 has presented an abundance of obstacles, but have you noticed the opportunities? In this webinar turned podcast, host Jen Arnold highlights some of the essential skills wellness and HR professionals need while planning for 2021 and how you, too, can develop and strengthen them.

In this episode, Jen takes listeners through practicing acceptance, building agility, and staying relevant despite the changing demands of the post COVID workforce. She highlights opportunities that can be found in situations you might currently see as obstacles and explains the importance of understanding organizational objectives to continue showing your value. 

Lastly, Jen shares a more in depth view of the Redesigning Wellness Academy and how it has energized and revolutionized the perspectives of academy graduates.

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

Nov 11, 2020

The widespread financial hardships of COVID-19 have illuminated just how much some employees, especially frontline and lower waged workers, are struggling with basic necessities like food security, shelter, and transportation. Today’s guest, Linda Montgomery, Senior Vice President of Engagement Services at WorkLife Partnership, knows that oftentimes simply presenting resources isn’t enough to stabilize an employee in the midst of the struggle.

In her career with WorkLife Partnership, Linda brings a passion for addressing employee needs where they begin - with the quality of individual lives. WorkLife Partnership holds an employee’s hand every step of the way through hardship, not only resulting in quicker and more permanent stabilization but also providing cost savings to the employer through lower employee turnover.

In this episode, Linda discusses how WorkLife Partnership works with employers and gives a few examples of how they might help a struggling employee. She explains the navigator and research team set up they use and how managers might discover which employees need assistance. 

Finally, Linda offers success stories of organizations and leaders that are helping their workforce and leaves wellness professionals with a tangible tip on how to start.

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

Nov 4, 2020

Finding the ideal vendor can be a stressful and time consuming process for HR and wellness professionals, especially as vendor needs continue to change with the volatile climate of 2020. Today’s guest, Joe Miller, President and Co-founder of Shortlister, returns to the podcast with some new and improved tools and tips to make the process easier, as well as insight into recent wellness trends based on vendor searches.

In this episode, Joe briefly discusses the expansion and name change of Shortlister, the biggest wellness trends he’s seen this year in light of the pandemic, and his predictions for 2021. He shares the direction Shortlister is headed in, when people can expect Shortlister’s Annual Trends Report, and lastly a few tangible tips on choosing vendors for wellness and HR professionals.

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

Oct 28, 2020

Addressing workforce mental and emotional health is a wellness strategy many organizations have been hesitant to embrace. However, with the emergence of the pandemic, mental health offerings have become increasingly necessary to address employee needs. Today’s guest, Darrell Moon, founder of Orriant, has discovered that managing population mental health can translate into spending far less on medical claims.

With more than 10 years of experience running psychiatric and medical hospitals across the country, Darrell Moon now applies his expertise as a speaker, CEO consultant, Healthcare Innovation Specialist, Forbes Business Council Member, and Forbes Leadership Contributor.

In this episode, Darrell discusses strategies that work in managing population mental health as well as practices that are less helpful. He offers tips on creating a culture of mental health awareness in the workplace and what barriers he believes make companies unwilling to address mental health. 

Darrell shares a few strategies for proactively engaging employees with resources and how wellness professionals can make the case for mental health management to executives. Lastly, he leaves listeners with a tangible tip on helping people change behaviors.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Kynd Kits are volunteer projects in a box that come delivered to your doorstep with 100% of the materials needed to do a meaningful volunteer experience by yourself, or with your family. With COVID cancelling so many in-person volunteer experiences, this is the perfect way to continue to give back from home, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit a mental health non-profit called Project Helping.  

These are great for corporate volunteer experiences, or at home volunteering with your family and friends. Head over to KyndKit.com and the first 50 people to put in the code RWpodcast can order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

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

Oct 21, 2020

Among the people hit hardest by the emergence of the pandemic, small business owners are at the top. With trainings and conferences cancelled, in person meetings inadvisable, and both personal and corporate budgets locked down, many entrepreneurs were immediately thrown into survival mode. 

Today’s guests, Maggie Gough, founder of Realize Wellbeing, and Kevin McAlister, founder of Lift Your Wellbeing, offer an inside look at how small business owners in the corporate wellness industry have been surviving this potentially devastating disruption.

In this episode, Maggie and Kevin share their initial reactions to COVID and the business pivots they had no choice but to make. They discuss how they were able to deal with the grief and nervousness surrounding these changes and what “aha” moments the pandemic has provided. 

Both guests give their insight into looking ahead at 2021 and offer tangible tips for business owners on getting through.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Kynd Kits are volunteer projects in a box that come delivered to your doorstep with 100% of the materials needed to do a meaningful volunteer experience by yourself, or with your family. With COVID cancelling so many in-person volunteer experiences, this is the perfect way to continue to give back from home, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit a mental health non-profit called Project Helping. 

These are great for corporate volunteer experiences, or at home volunteering with your family and friends. Head over to KyndKit.com and the first 50 people to put in the code RWpodcast can order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

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

Oct 14, 2020

If 2020 has taught wellness professionals anything, it’s that flexibility and creativity are key. Now, looking toward 2021 and the uncertainty surrounding COVID and returning to the office, today’s guests are putting those skills to use.

Maddison Bezdicek, Health Strategies Practice Leader at Hylant, and Vicki Roy, Senior Health Strategist at Hylant, offer an inside look at how wellness consultants handled the sudden pivot required at the start of the pandemic, what strategies they’ve used since to support their clients, and how the Redesigning Wellness Academy helped them along the way.

In this episode, Maddison and Vicki share both personal and professional reactions to COVID, which resources they presented that were successful and unsuccessful, and what they implemented from their time with the Redesigning Wellness Academy. They discuss how they’re approaching planning for 2021 and offer a few outstanding tips for wellness professionals to stay afloat during uncertain and stressful times.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Kynd Kits are volunteer projects in a box that come delivered to your doorstep with 100% of the materials needed to do a meaningful volunteer experience by yourself, or with your family. With COVID cancelling so many in-person volunteer experiences, this is the perfect way to continue to give back from home, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit a mental health non-profit called Project Helping.  

These are great for corporate volunteer experiences, or at home volunteering with your family and friends. Head over to KyndKit.com and the first 50 people to put in the code RWpodcast can order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

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

Oct 7, 2020

With the emergence of COVID and the sudden shift to sending employees home, wellness professionals had to pivot their offerings quickly. The focus had to shift from in person, planned activities to remote working and lots of uncertainty. 

Today’s guests, Laura Berry, Manager of Employer Wellness at Quartz Health Solutions and Tammy Oechsle, Wellbeing Program Director at Western National Insurance offer a report from the trenches on altering wellness programs in light of COVID and how the tools they learned in the Redesigning Wellness Academy proved valuable.

In this episode, Laura and Tammy share their reactions when COVID first hit and how it impacted them personally and professionally. They share their programs that were successful and those that were less so. They each discuss the progress they’ve made on mental health programming and discuss their plans and considerations looking forward to 2021. Finally, they each give a tangible tip to success for other wellness professionals.

This podcast episode is brought to you by Kynd Kits.

Kynd Kits are volunteer projects in a box that come delivered to your doorstep with 100% of the materials needed to do a meaningful volunteer experience by yourself, or with your family. With COVID cancelling so many in-person volunteer experiences, this is the perfect way to continue to give back from home, and 100% of the proceeds go to benefit a mental health non-profit called Project Helping.  

These are great for corporate volunteer experiences, or at home volunteering with your family and friends. Head over to KyndKit.com and the first 50 people to put in the code RWpodcast can order a completely free Kynd Kit to try out!

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

Sep 30, 2020

Exhaustion is one of the leading causes of performance decline and eventual burnout among people today. Most people don’t realize how many facets of rest they’re missing out on and it’s keeping them depleted. Today’s guest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, says that rest is not about the cessation of activity, but about doing restorative activities - things that help fill you up and make you able to do your best work.

Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is a physician, speaker, and author of her book Sacred Rest. She is an international resource on wellness expertise and has been featured in media outlets such as MSNBC, Prevention, and the Dr. Oz Show to name a few.

In this episode, Saundra shares her personal experience with burnout and what made her start researching the 7 stages of rest. She explores each type in depth, and shares ideas of how to restore them. 

Saundra discusses how important boundaries are in staying rested and the necessity of getting comfortable saying no. Lastly, she leaves wellness professionals with a tangible tip for helping employees avoid exhaustion.

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

Sep 23, 2020

It’s no secret that wellness and workplace culture are inextricably linked. Today’s guest, Rana DeBoer, Chief Culture Officer for the City of Sioux Falls proves that the career avenues available to wellness professionals are expanding.

Serving for almost 13 years as the city’s Work Well Manager, Rana accepted the position as Chief Culture Officer in Sioux Falls in January of 2020. She is also the Founder of Create Energy, where she supports business leaders to generate new thinking so they can embrace a culture of empowering energy.

In this episode, Rana explains what her role as Chief Culture Officer entails and the importance of the role in an organization. She offers an example of a day in her schedule and highlights both what she is most proud of accomplishing in the position and her top challenges.

Rana briefly discusses her previous position and what has prepared her for this role and shares the most exciting thing she’s currently working on. Lastly, she leaves wellness professionals with a few tangible tips.

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

Sep 16, 2020

We’ve all heard it said that the healthcare and insurance systems are broken, but today’s guest, David Contorno, believes it’s functioning just as it was designed - with higher costs giving more payouts to doctors, brokers, and agents while employers and end users foot the bill. 

Through his company, E Powered Benefits, David offers creative solutions that increase transparency, help “bend the trend on rising health insurance premiums”, and at the same time increase quality of care and employee satisfaction with the benefits packages they’re paying for.

With more than 21 years in employee benefits, nationally recognized author and thought leader David Contorno has worked on both sides of the table, and is uniquely positioned to disrupt the healthcare status quo and deliver better quality at lower costs for employers and their employees.

In this episode, David briefly discusses the impact he hopes COVID will have on open enrollment and what he means when encouraging people to be good healthcare consumers. He explains why the healthcare system isn’t broken and how changes can be made despite its design.

David highlights a few missteps employers are making in the effort to lower costs that  really result in spending more and offers some advice on how they can save money and what strategies his company uses. He shares why he left insurance brokering and what prompted him to work against the current healthcare structure.

Finally, David offers tangible tips to both wellness professionals and employers on how to begin increasing transparency and stop getting taken advantage of by the healthcare system.

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

Sep 9, 2020

Though burnout is a topic garnering more and more attention, physicians are one professional group sometimes overlooked despite higher substance, alcohol abuse, and suicide rates. Today’s guest, Dr. Nisha Mehta, believes the answer to physician burnout lies in organizational and institutional changes within the healthcare industry.

In addition to being a radiologist, Dr. Nisha Mehta is an international speaker and writer specializing in physician advocacy and addressing physician burnout. She is the founder of two online physician community groups reaching more than 100,000 physicians and has had her work featured by outlets such as Forbes, CNN, and Bloomberg.

In this episode, Dr. Mehta discusses her decision to talk and write about physician burnout, the unseen stressors of physician life including the current focus on patient reviews, and the signs of burnout. She shares some personal experiences with physician burnout, including how she and her husband have avoided it, and missteps organizations make while attempting to address the problem.

Finally, Dr. Mehta gives a list of ideas for organizational and institutional change as well as a tangible tip for wellness professionals serving physicians.

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

Sep 2, 2020

As wellness professionals we’re in a unique position to bring employees together. But as humans, we’re biased. We make stuff up about people all of the time. We do it at work on a daily basis. Even worse, our biases are rarely blatant. It’s usually subtle micro-behaviors that we often don’t notice. So, what can we do about it?

Today’s guest, Howard Ross, is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias. Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. His newest book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart describes how to bridge the divide in our increasingly polarized society.

In this interview, Howard and I talk about what’s changed in the area of Diversity and Inclusion in the past 30 years and what hasn’t. He then explains that we all have unconscious bias (even him) and Howard explains what we can do about it. He makes the provocative statement that “Maslow was wrong” and that our need to belong trumps any other need. Finally, Howard leaves us with his tangible tip.

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

Aug 26, 2020

If showing up as your best self gets increasingly difficult with added stress and anxiety, it's no surprise that the coronavirus pandemic is putting our emotional intelligence to the test. Today’s guest, Dr. JP Pawliw-Fry, best-selling author and co-founder of the Institute for Health and Human Potential, has a plan to help you manage your emotions, stay focused, and navigate this new world.

Dr. Pawliw-Fry, a premier expert in managing emotions during high pressure situations, has worked with NFL, NBA, and Olympic athletes as well as Fortune 500 giants like IBM, Goldman Sachs, and BMW to name a few. He is an advisor to the US ARMY and NAVY as well as a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and host of the podcast Last 8% Morning.

In this episode, Dr. Pawliw-Fry explains why people often avoid or make a mess of the last 8% of discussions and decisions and the importance of building self awareness to know your triggers. He discusses how organizations can promote the building of these critical skills and offers a few tips for leaders in high pressure situations.

Dr. Pawliw-Fry breaks down how important movement is for the brain and how leaders and especially parents can model self awareness and emotional intelligence to others. Finally, he leaves us with a tangible tip to start navigating our own last 8% situations.

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

Aug 19, 2020

As organizations return to in person workspaces, leaders are tasked with the responsibility of encouraging productivity without increasing already high employee stress and anxiety. Today’s guest, Becky Jacobs, Founder and Chief Engagement Officer of Simple Change, believes balancing compassion with the push for productivity is the key to facilitating this transition with minimal negative impact on the workforce.

With more than 20 years in senior leadership roles at industry giants such as Bank of America, Red Hat, and Rise Against Hunger, Becky is uniquely poised to help organizations improve engagement and productivity by building healthy, high performing teams.

Becky’s company, Simple Change, offers support, inspiration, and encouragement on the path to transformational change in organizations through leadership coaching, workshops, keynotes, and consulting.

In this episode, Becky discusses the considerations organizations should keep in mind while transitioning employees back to the office and how important flexibility and creative solutions are during this unprecedented time. She mentions a few missteps she’s seen and offers some advice for leaders during the transition to both take care of themselves and their teams.

Becky explains what she means by balancing compassion with productivity and how leaders can communicate effectively and minimize employee anxiety. Lasty, she implores leaders to look ahead to what is necessary in the new normal, rather than looking backward at how we can return to pre-COVID operations.

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

Aug 12, 2020

With COVID numbers rising, businesses returning to the office, kids returning to school, it should be no surprise that anxiety abounds in your workforce. Along with anxiety,  comes many hurdles to productivity in the workplace, from assuming the worst, inflexible thinking, and less commitment to the organization. What can your company do to lower employee anxiety?

Today’s guest, Dr. Ashley Solomon, founder of Galia Collaborative and a nationally recognized expert in the treatment of anxiety and stress, has a few tips for managing and responding to the increased anxiety of these uncertain times.

In this episode, Ashley differentiates between anxiety and stress and discusses the increasing disparity of these emotions between genders based on common family roles. She shares some facts employers should know about anxiety, common missteps that can make employees more anxious, and a few tips to minimize these feelings in the workplace.

Lastly, she offers tangible tips to both wellness professionals trying to reduce anxiety and stress in the communities they serve and to individuals currently struggling.

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

Aug 5, 2020

Take a moment to picture a wellness professional in your mind’s eye. What or who came to mind? Chances are, the image of a young, fit, white woman sprang to mind. Considering the vastly varied workforces that the wellness community aims to serve, the lack of diversity in the field means we’re missing out on a staggering amount of perspective that would greatly benefit our end user - employees. 

Today’s guests, Dawn Carter, Jessica Etheredge, and Juanita Hawkins, are health promotion professionals who are brave enough to discuss the challenges they’ve faced in their careers. 

They offer their perspectives on why the health promotion field is largely white and what the wellness community is missing out on due to a lack of diversity. The panel leaves us with what wellness professionals can do to encourage more diversity and lessen the micro and macro aggressions black wellness professionals experience.

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

Jul 29, 2020

The C-Suite focus on ROI doesn’t have to be a stumbling block to getting support for comprehensive wellbeing programs. Today’s guest, Jim Purcell, Founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute offers three strategic and impactful ROIs that senior leadership may not be considering beyond reduction in health care spending. 

As the former CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Jim is uniquely positioned to offer practical, evidence based framework for designing and implementing effective workplace wellbeing cultures and programs that senior leadership will support. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes.com, and will be publishing a book in 2021.

In today’s episode, Jim shares his background and how he got interested in wellness, as well as his opinion on the difference between wellness and wellbeing. He explains how to get C-Suite’s attention by proving wellbeing works with 3 ROIs more important than reducing health care costs and how to answer the inevitable pushback. 

Jim discusses the successes experienced by both SAP and Quicken Loans, and lastly gives listeners a few tangible tips on communicating with senior leadership and getting organizations started addressing low mental and emotional wellbeing among employees.

Please note: this interview was recorded pre-COVID.

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

Jul 22, 2020

According to a report from the Personnel Management Association, when training is combined with coaching, individuals increase their productivity by an average of 86% as opposed to just 22% with training alone. Additionally, a survey by Manchester Inc. found that coaching provided an average return on investment of almost six times the cost of coaching. 

Today’s guest, Beth Weissenberger, Co-Founder and President of HG Corporate (The Handel Group), offers a colorful look at the company’s fresh, rowdy, no holds barred approach that is taking both the personal and professional world of coaching by storm.

Since founding the Handel Group with her sister in 2004, Beth has become a personal coach to HG’s most senior executive clients, including business giants such as Live Nation, Ticketmaster, AIG, Citibank, and Chevron. Named one of BusinessWeek’s featured executive coaches, Beth also leads corporate seminars and writes articles on various topics related to leadership development and organizational integrity.

In this episode, Beth discusses the founding of HG corporate and the revolutionary Handel Method that is now used at over 50 educational institutions including Stanford Graduate School of Business, NYU, MIT, and Columbia to name a few. She takes a deeper dive on one of the company’s taglines “learning to human better” and how to build a radically honest culture by teaching people to speak up but “frame it beautifully.” 

Beth explains what she means by personal integrity and how often the key to coaching is to get people to cut through the niceties and understand what aspects of their behavior suck. Finally, she leaves us with a tangible tip on influencing executives and how we can start to human better.

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

Jul 15, 2020

In a meeting on June 11th, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) voted to move forward with a new initiative of proposed laws pertaining to wellness programs. The unofficial transcript of the meeting has many wellness professionals concerned that employee wellbeing is not at the forefront of the proposal. Today’s guest, Barbara Zabawa, owner of the Center for Health and Wellness Law, LLC, returns to dissect and explain the new proposal and what it might mean to employers.

Barbara is a Clinical Assistant Professor for the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Health Sciences, Department of Health Services Administration in addition to owning a law firm dedicated to improving legal access and compliance for the health and wellness industries. She is an acclaimed author and speaker on health and wellness law topics, lending her expertise to notable wellness powerhouses such as WELCOA, the National Wellness Institute, and HERO.

In this episode, Barabara breaks down the construct of the hearing and the new proposed laws. She explains the meaning of the term “de minimis” used in the document and what kinds of incentives are allowed under the new proposal, as well as the privacy and confidentiality guidelines (or lack thereof) that it suggests. Lastly, Barbara discusses the process of submitting comments on the new proposal once it is made public, and the power of numbers in amplifying different voices.

This episode is sponsored by University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management, offering online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in wellness management. You can visit hwm.wisconsin.edu for more information. 

Graduates of the program have launched successful wellness careers with healthcare systems, wellness program vendors, community agencies, insurance providers, even the military. Here are some really cool things about UW Health and Wellness Management:

  • Courses are designed and taught by distinguished faculty from the University of Wisconsin, many of whom actively work in the field.
  • UW Health and Wellness Management is also supported by an advisory board, industry experts from corporations such as Children’s Wisconsin, Willis Towers Watson, and the Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds, who offer advice on changing trends in health and wellness so that students are learning the most up-to-date methods.
  • Students often say the flexible, online format is a big factor in their ability to earn a degree. (Our recent situation is an indication of the advantages of online learning.) Although the program is online, you’ll make strong connections with peers and faculty, just as you would on campus.

UW Health and Wellness Management bachelor’s and master’s degrees provide the skills you need to manage comprehensive employee well-being programs that foster healthier lifestyles and promote the value of staying well. 

Turn your passion for wellness into a healthy career with University of Wisconsin Health and Wellness Management. Visit hwm.wisconsin.edu or contact an enrollment adviser by phone, 1-877-895-3276.

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

Jul 8, 2020

As social consciousness shifts towards demanding inclusivity and diversity, the need for multicultural competency in workplaces is more and more apparent. Today’s guest, Linda Howard, CEO of Alturnative and President of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, has been working to highlight the tools needed to create a culture of inclusivity and train wellness professionals on how to develop and hone them.

With over 30 years of combined experience in law, compliance, and managed care operations, Linda provides thought leadership to esteemed organizations and educates thousands of professionals annually in multicultural competency and social responsibility. 

In this episode, Linda discusses forming the Multicultural Competency Committee at the National Wellness Institute and their goals for the future. She explores the tools needed to create a culture of inclusivity in workplaces and how to use the multicultural competency wheel that the Committee developed. 

Linda shares what she’s most proud of accomplishing through the Committee, including the new Multicultural Competency Certificate Course training. Finally, she touches on what she thinks the wellness industry as a whole needs to do to be more inclusive and provides a jumping off point for professionals looking to move their organizations towards multicultural competency.

This episode is sponsored by Workplace Money Coach.

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees’ financial lives has been dramatic. It runs the gamut from severe hardship as a result of job loss to excessive cash flow surpluses due to limited spending opportunities. 

Whatever our employees’ financial situation might be during these uncertain times, Workplace Money Coach is here to help them stay on track to meet their financial life goals. 

In order to serve your employees in a safe and healthy way, Workplace Money Coach has launched the Living Paycheck to Purpose program as a virtual option with a focus on maintaining the group discussions and thought-provoking activities that make their program dynamic. 

Now, your employees can engage in your wellness offerings and stay on top of their financial goals from the safety and convenience of their home office. 

As a bonus to their Living Paycheck to Purpose virtual program, Workplace Money Coach is offering Redesigning Wellness listeners a complimentary coaching session for all participants of the program so employees can get individualized attention for their financial situation. Just mention that you heard about the program through the Redesigning Wellness Podcast. 

You can learn more about Workplace Money Coach’s financial empowerment program at www.workplacemoneycoach.com. Schedule a call to see if the Living Paycheck to Purpose program is right for your employees.

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

 

Jul 1, 2020

Do traditional biometric screening and incentive-based wellness programs have any meaningful effect on the physical health of employees? Today’s guest, Julian Reif, Associate Professor of Finance and Economics at the University of Illinois, is a principal investigator on the Illinois Workplace Wellness Study and is here to discuss the study’s answer to that question.

In addition to his associate professorship, Julian is also a Senior Scholar at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

This episode breaks down their research findings based on a two-year randomized controlled trial. Julian explains the set up of the study, including why randomized control trials are preferable to observational research design, which many other wellness studies are based on. He walks us through the study’s primary findings in the second year of data collection and the most important concepts for us to take away.

This episode is sponsored by Workplace Money Coach.

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on employees’ financial lives has been dramatic. It runs the gamut from severe hardship as a result of job loss to excessive cash flow surpluses due to limited spending opportunities. 

Whatever our employees’ financial situation might be during these uncertain times, Workplace Money Coach is here to help them stay on track to meet their financial life goals. 

In order to serve your employees in a safe and healthy way, Workplace Money Coach has launched the Living Paycheck to Purpose program as a virtual option with a focus on maintaining the group discussions and thought-provoking activities that make their program dynamic. 

Now, your employees can engage in your wellness offerings and stay on top of their financial goals from the safety and convenience of their home office. 

As a bonus to their Living Paycheck to Purpose virtual program, Workplace Money Coach is offering Redesigning Wellness listeners a complimentary coaching session for all participants of the program so employees can get individualized attention for their financial situation. Just mention that you heard about the program through the Redesigning Wellness Podcast. 

You can learn more about Workplace Money Coach’s financial empowerment program at www.workplacemoneycoach.com. Schedule a call to see if the Living Paycheck to Purpose program is right for your employees.

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

 

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