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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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Jun 30, 2022

U.S. News named being a lawyer as the 2nd most stressful job in 2022. But it wasn’t until recently that far reaching reports identified major wellbeing deficits, such as problematic drinking, workaholism, and mental health concerns.

The reports led to a major call to action for the industry to address lawyer wellbeing. It also led to the creation of the Institute for Well-Being in Law (IWIL), a non-profit dedicated to the betterment of the legal profession through holistic well-being. 

Podcast guest Robin Wolpert is an appellate practitioner, business litigator, and white-collar criminal defense attorney at Sapientia Law Group in Minneapolis. She is Treasurer of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, Treasurer of the Institute for Well Being in Law, Member of the ABA House of Delegates, Member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, and past President of the Minnesota State Bar Association. 

In this episode, Robin shares her entry into the industry and what’s changed in her 20 years of practice. Robin describes some unique challenges lawyers face, both in law school and once they are practicing.

She explains a series of reports that emerged, which was a call to action for things to change in the legal industry. Robin walks through a couple of the recommendations to enhance lawyer wellbeing and asks a question for lawyers to reframe their current environment.

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

Jun 28, 2022

This is the final excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews another way organizations can build employee resilience – reconnecting to what’s important. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders. Plus, you’ll hear a live Q&A from webinar participants.

Want to learn more about resilience training for your organization? Learn more here.

Jun 23, 2022

Two years ago, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) was the topic of new conversations, organizational pledges, and the creation of new job roles. But what has truly changed in the past two years?

Although some strides have been made, there remain many barriers to progress. How can we move beyond reading books to start taking concrete steps to closing racial gaps? Podcast guest, Dr. Ella Washington, is here to help guide us.

Ella Washington, PhD is an organizational psychologist and DEI expert with a wealth of experience through her involvement as the Founder and CEO of Ellavate Solutions, a Professor of Practice at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and the Co-host of Gallup's Center of Black Voices Cultural Competence Podcast.

Dr. Washington is eagerly anticipating the release of her first solo book, The Necessary Journey: Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion, published by Harvard Business Review Press.  

In this episode, we discuss what’s changed and not changed in the past two years the high-profile murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. Dr. Washington offers some statistics on the role of Chief Diversity Officers and how they aren’t necessarily set up for success.

Ella shares what we can do as individuals and organizations to keep DEI front and center. She leaves us with three foundational steps to addressing DEI.

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

Jun 21, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews one way organizations can build employee resilience – supporting rest and recovery. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders.

Stay tuned next week for the last in the series on how organizations can support resilience.

Jun 16, 2022

Burnout is the result of occupational stress left unmanaged, marked by high levels of exhaustion and depletion, emotional distance from our job, and cynicism. With the macro and micro stressors of the past two years, it’s no surprise that burnout is on the rise.

Although self-care strategies can be part of burnout treatment, we have to acknowledge where the systems around us are broken.

Podcast guest, Jennifer Moss, is author of The Burnout Epidemic, released in 2021. Moss was on the Global Happiness Council—a small group of leading scientists and economists that support the UN’s sustainable goals related to global well-being and the Annual Global Happiness Policy Report.

She was named a Canadian Innovator of the Year, an International Female Entrepreneur of the Year, and recipient of the Public Service Award from the Office of President Obama. 

In this episode, we level set on what burnout is, how it progresses and some of its causes. We talk about how some organizational systems are broken and how they contribute to burnout. Then we get into some culture talk, small steps, and the role of job passion in burnout.

Jennifer leaves us with many tangible tips to deal with burnout – both organizationally and personally.

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

Jun 14, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this clip, Jen reviews one way organizations can build employee resilience - acknowledging and making space for emotions. Listen in for practical tips for organizations and leaders.

Stay tuned for another way organizations can support resilience next week. 

Jun 9, 2022

What have the past two years been like for wellness professionals?

Going through the pandemic themselves, while trying to adjust to an ever-evolving situation for their employees has exposed deep issues that may not have been on their radar pre-pandemic. Wellness professionals are now charged with bigger challenges than ever while navigating the next normal.

Podcast guests, Sara Martin and Maggie Gough are leading wellness professionals into new territory. Sara Martin is CEO of WELCOA, and her purpose is helping people fulfill their highest potential in work and life through corporate health promotion.

Maggie Gough, COO of WELCOA, ensures members receive stellar service and build sustaining connections as a community. 

In this episode, we discuss how COVID has changed the landscape for wellness practitioners, the phases they went through, and where they are now. We discuss the issues that were always there that we may have had our blinders on for.

They talk about how WELCOA is answering the question – how do we show up for hard things? Listen in for why you should be a part of the WELCOA Community and attend the WELCOA Summit. And no, no one is pregnant, and George Clooney is not speaking at the Summit.

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

Jun 7, 2022

This is a short excerpt from a recent webinar Jen facilitated through Wellable Labs titled “Resilience: Why We Need It More Than Ever”. In this first clip, Jen reviews some true/false questions around resilience. Will you answer them correctly? Stay tuned for the next clip next week.

Jun 2, 2022

Being a working mom during COVID was an impossible act of balancing full time jobs and full time teaching. Pew Research Center found that working mothers were generally more likely than working fathers to say that they faced a variety of professional challenges since the beginning of COVID.

In this episode, podcast guest Leslie Forde explains the impact of the pandemic on working mothers. She shares some relevant research, strategies on how employers can support mothers, and how working moms can take care of their own wellbeing.

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

May 26, 2022

It’s important to stay positive, especially in trying times. But what happens when that positivity becomes unhelpful, shaming, and ultimately, toxic? The idea that the best or only way to cope with a negative situation is to put a positive spin on it is toxic to our emotional health.

In this episode guest Dr. Natalie Dattilo, a Clinical Psychologist, and Mental Wellness Expert describes what toxic positivity looks like, and the line between being helpful and crossing over into toxicity. 

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

May 19, 2022

Connecting socially is an innate human need and one that was practically eliminated during the pandemic. For the past two years, we turned to social media, Zoom calls, and Netflix for our main sources of connection. Now that we’re going back into the office and gathering in larger groups, how can we ease back into being with each other and rebuild social connections? 

Podcast guest, Dr. Natalie Kerr, is a social psychologist and a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University. Dr. Kerr enjoys sharing psychological science to help others improve their lives. Her current research focuses on the social psychology of loneliness, including interventions to help people feel more connected and less lonely. 

In this episode, we discuss why social connection is so important and how we can come back together without extreme awkwardness. Dr. Kerr talks about loneliness and how the solution is counter to the advice of “just put yourself out there”. We discuss how nature can help build social connections and why we don’t reach out to people when they are going through hard times. Finally, Natalie leaves us with a warning about marketing programs to ease loneliness.

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

May 12, 2022

The stats point to the likelihood that most of us are in some stage of burnout, and guess who this includes? Managers – you know, the ones leading your employees. Managers navigate the delicate balance between investing in and supporting their team, getting their own work done, and (trying to) understand the priorities from above. How do successful managers balance it all? That’s what this episode is all about.

Podcast guest, Karen Suchsland, is known for fostering collaborative team environments that allow team members to learn, grow professionally and successfully deliver on company objectives while having a healthy dose of fun. 

In this episode, we discuss how leaders can help their employees with overwhelm, and why trust is the most crucial ingredient a leader needs to build. Karen guides leaders on how to navigate the conversation around mental health and offers a script for following up after you’ve suggested specific resources. Finally, she leaves us with ways a leader can better engage their team (and these are ones she’s implemented with her own teams).

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

May 10, 2022

It’s been over a year since host, Jen Arnold, decided to take a break from the Redesigning Wellness podcast. In this episode, Jen walks you through what’s in store for the podcast and her thoughts on where we are today (and where we’re not) with organizational wellbeing.

She also reveals a new product she’s just released and unveils where her and her family settled down after almost two years of RV travel. Plus, she answers the questions she gets most often about the transition from full time RV life to living in a (stationary) house.

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

 

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