ROW: Workplace Wellbeing Podcast

Learn how to improve workplace wellbeing from the experts on the ROW workplace wellbeing podcast series. Guests join ROW Founder and CEO Sarah McGuinness to explore topics we can‘t afford to ignore.

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Episode 20: What workplaces can do to support the food-mood connection

3 days ago

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: What workplaces can do to support the food-mood connection In this interview, we turn our focus to the link between food and mood. The science on this is clear: what you eat can impact your mental wellbeing. While food choice can be impacted by how you feel, research shows food may also be a mood trigger - particularly for low moods.Recent studies show that the more people improve their food choices, the more their depression improves, and food choices have been positively linked to learning and memory. Emerging research is also putting the spotlight on gut health and gut microbiome. Eating foods that support your gut microbiome can support your mental health. Clearly, nutrition is an important part of mental health support at work. Joining us in this episode to take a deep dive into the world of food and mood is our guest, and fellow ROW community member, Bronwyn Hudson. Bronwyn has over 20 years of experience across nutrition, health and wellbeing, education and children’s development, parenting support and health coaching, and understands the real-world challenges relating to health, balance and adopting change. We explore the current science, how you can support nutrition at work, and tips and tricks for improving brain and gut health.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 19: Building a well environment at 2degrees - a case study

Wednesday Oct 06, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: Building a well environment at 2degrees - a case study In this episode, we turn our focus to the link between the work environment and wellbeing, using a case study. In late 2020, 2degrees announced its ambition to become the first company in New Zealand to receive WELL Certification as part of the move to its new home at 136 Fanshawe Street in Auckland. Delivered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), the WELL Building Standard (WELL) assesses the key elements of a building and an organisation’s wellbeing practices that have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people.WELL was developed by integrating scientific and medical information on environmental health, behavioural factors, health outcomes and demographic risk factors that affect health alongside leading practices in building design and management. To obtain certification, the new 2degrees building would include elements such as enhanced air quality, sound mapping, considered lighting design, restorative spaces, and many other positive wellbeing features that have been cleverly designed within the fitout.  The building is also targeting a Green Star 6-star rating. Joining us is Nicky Vaughan, Head of Safety and Wellness at 2degrees and Shelly Thompson of Norman Disney Young.Together, we’ll explore the journey, talk about why this was important for the company, and discuss tips for other organisations looking to improve their work environment to foster wellbeing.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 18: Leadership & burnout - the issue we can‘t afford to ignore

Wednesday Sep 29, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode:  Leadership & burnout: The issue we can't afford to ignore In this episode, we turn our focus to burnout. Burnout is increasing, and it seems to be everywhere at the moment. New research out of AUT suggests 11 per cent of New Zealand workers might be experiencing burnout. Globally, COVID-19 has increased pressure on working adults as they juggle uncertainty, work and life commitments. For those in a leadership role, the pressure can be even greater. To take a deep dive on the topic, we are joined by two of New Zealand's leading experts: Professor Jarrod Haar of AUT's business school and Suzi McAlpine, leadership coach and author of the popular new release book - Beyond Burnout: A New Zealand Guide. We discuss what burnout is, the signs and symptoms, and the impact of burnout on self, loved ones and work. Plus, we explore the impact of burnout on leaders and business productivity. Plus, we discuss those all-important solutions to avoid burnout, and what to do if you're already there or supporting someone to recover.   Our guests: Professor Jarrod Haar: Professor Jarrod Haar (PhD) is a Professor of Human Resource Management in the Department of Management and has tribal affiliations of Ngati Maniapoto and Ngati Mahuta. In 2018, Professor Haar was appointed as a Member of the Marsden Fund Council and is the Convenor of the Marsden Economics and Human Behavioural Sciences panel. Jarrod is a Research Fellow of the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management (since 2012), an Associate Fellow of the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) and won the inaugural HRINZ HR Researcher of the Year Award in 2016. In April 2016, he became the Deputy Director of the NZ Work Research Institute. In 2017, he won the Faculty of Business and Economics (AUT) Individual Researcher of the Year. His research approach spans broadly across a wide range of management topics, but with a strong focus on Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour. Suzi McAlpine:  A leadership coach, award-winning blogger and keynote speaker, Suzi works alongside CEOs, managers and executives to facilitate clarity, direction and optimal performance in the areas people need it most. Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations.Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in many guises. Her experience has included being a head-hunter and executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 17: How technology can boost wellbeing at work

Wednesday Sep 22, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: How technology can boost wellbeing at work In this session, we’re joined by guest tech entrepreneur and investor Ben Reid from Memia to discuss wellbeing and technology. We’ll discuss the role of technology in improving health in the workplace, plus look at data security and privacy, particularly with the recent hack of wearable device-maker Garmin. We also discuss how to make the most of technology solutions in your workplace and how to encourage employee participation. If you’re considering tech as part of your wellbeing strategy, this will be a must-listen interview! Ben Reid is an experienced advisor with a deep industry background in technology business strategy. Ben works with a wide range of organisations spanning multinational software companies, government agencies and startups, bringing technological capability at governance and executive level. Ben is active in promoting innovation and collaboration across the New Zealand technology industry and public sector.  From 2017-2019 he was the Executive Director of the Artificial Intelligence Forum of New Zealand, has been a longstanding committee member and former Chairman of the CanterburyTech, the regional tech industry body and also the establishment Chairman of Canterbury Angel Investors Inc., the regional Angel Investment network.  Ben is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 16: What workplaces can do to support people with a serious mental illness

Wednesday Sep 15, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: What workplaces can do to support people with a serious mental illness In this session, we're joined by Hannah Hardy-Jones, CEO of Kite, to discuss serious mental illness and what workplaces can do to better support people through their journey. Hannah was leading a successful career in human resources before the traumatic birth of her first child led to what was later diagnosed as postpartum bipolar disorder. In this discussion, Hannah will share her lived experience with bipolar, plus the myths and misconceptions of the illness. She will also share her tips and ideas for taking care as a person with a mental illness, and share tips for family, friends, and colleagues. We will also discuss the role that workplaces play in supporting people with a serious mental illness. Hannah is CEO of the Kite Program and has an extensive background in HR, specialising in leadership development and employee relations. She developed the concept of Kite as a result of her experience with postpartum bipolar disorder after the birth of her first child, coupled with the lack of support and tools for employees she saw in the workplace to manage their mental health, focus on their wellbeing, and to improve themselves both professionally and personally.  Using the principles of microlearning, Hannah created Kite to be the beautiful app that it is now. It launched globally in Feb 2019 as a tool for mothers (Kite for mums) and is now available as a template for any client or group to shape, so that it is applicable and relevant to their audience - under the arm of Kite for Business. Hannah has a team of 20 consultants rolling this solution out across Latin America, the USA, UK/Ireland, Europe, Australia, and NZ. Hannah speaks openly about her mental health and has been featured in Forbes, appeared on TV1 Seven Sharp and TV3 The Project, the front page of The Press- as well as numerous magazines, radio, articles and podcasts. She is an active mental health advocate - with a passion for maternal and paternal mental health in particular.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 15: Developing a wellbeing framework

Tuesday Sep 07, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: Developing a wellbeing framework In this interview, we look at how to develop and measure a wellbeing framework. Trust Tairāwhiti is a regional development funder on the East Coast of New Zealand. Over the past few years, the team has designed and developed a wellbeing framework and wellbeing impact assessment tool to support their Board and staff to make measurable wellbeing investment decisions into the communities of Tairāwhiti, Gisborne. The framework, He Tohu Ora, was launched in late 2020 and work continues to refine the measures and determine: how do we track wellbeing across a diverse community group and how do we best measure success over a long period of time? Joining us in this session is General Manager, Wellbeing and Impact, Erina Hurihanganui to discuss the Trust’s journey to this point. It reveals the complexities of such a framework not only in its development but how it now starts to translate into the operations of the Trust which focuses on community and economic wellbeing. While the framework is aimed at community wellbeing, there are many lessons organisations can take away and apply to the development of their own wellbeing framework.  You can view the Trust Tairāwhiti framework here: trusttairawhiti.nz/he-tohu-ora-tairawhiti-wellbeing/   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 14: Leadership through recovery

Sunday Aug 29, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: Leadership through recovery In this episode, we're joined by guest Jolie Wills, a Christchurch-based cognitive psychologist specialising in disaster recovery. During the recovery phase of Covid19, resilient leaders need to inspire their teams to navigate through uncertainty. From a wellbeing perspective, it is important leaders both support their team and their own wellbeing to sustain that energy and focus. Drawing on her expertise in assisting leaders through prolonged pressure, Jolie shares her tips and recommendations for ensuring leaders can work through the challenges ahead. We also discuss strategies and initiatives that workplaces can put in place to create critical support structures and we reflect on managing stress through times of crisis. Jolie is a co-founder of Hummingly, along with Elizabeth McNaughton. The duo have worked in disasters around the world for more than two decades. The realisation that helping one person, one community, one disaster at a time was no longer enough, lit the spark that became Hummingly. Jolie and Elizabeth set about creating easy to use tools that people, communities and workplaces the world over could access to do well in tough times. Hummingly’s products are now helping thousands of people and organisations around the world.Jolie has a Masters in Cognitive Psychology and is a leading psychosocial expert in disaster and disruption. Jolie has studied how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviours are impacted by stress. Jolie is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake and has lived disaster recovery with her family first-hand. She developed services and training to help her fellow citizens for the Red Cross, local government and academia. Jolie is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumni, an Edmund Hillary Fellow and the co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos, primary author of the New Zealand Psychological First Aid guide and is Co-Chair of the New Zealand chapter of Australasian Women in Emergencies Network.   Get the Professional Development Pack for this episode: rowwellbeing.com/podcast   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 13: Influencing wellbeing at the board table

Wednesday May 26, 2021

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.    This episode: Influencing wellbeing at the board table In this session, we turn our focus to wellbeing at the board table. To better understand the views and perspectives of those at the most senior levels, we're joined by Francois Barton, Executive Director at the Business Leaders' Health and Safety Forum. We explore the views and concerns of those at the most senior levels when it comes to wellbeing and we review the lessons learned so far from the Covid-19 crisis. Francois shares his insights and we discuss how we, as wellbeing leaders, can influence the wellbeing discussion at the board level to support better wellbeing across our organisations. Francois Barton took over as Forum Executive Director in May 2015. Prior to joining the Forum Francois established and ran WorkSafe NZ’s national programme team, which has delivered major safety campaigns in construction, agriculture, forestry and manufacturing. He previously held roles at MBIE - including being involved in early discussions that led to the development of the Canterbury Safety Rebuild Charter - and at the Department of Labour, where he was part of the team that set up the Forum in 2010.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 12: 'Green Light to Talk' - Mental health at PwC

Wednesday Aug 19, 2020

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.  Note Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) was formally known as My Health Revolution.   This episode: 'Green Light to Talk' - Mental health at PwC In this session, we discuss PwC Australia's 'Green Light to Talk' initiative with Kate Connors from PwC Australia's Wellness Centre of Excellence.  PwC Australia launched 'Green Light to Talk' in 2018, as part of the firm's commitment to dial up the dialogue on mental wellbeing.  A key component of the initiative is leaders sharing their stories on how mental ill health has impacted them personally during their career.  In this podcast, we discuss how the 'Green Light to Talk' program was developed and it's aims and success. We'll also explore some of the challenges and Kate's tips to other organisations looking to improve the mental health of their team. Kate has been the leader of PwC Australia's Wellness Centre of Excellence for over three years and has worked at PwC for five and a half years.  Prior to joining PwC she worked in corporate health & wellbeing for over 20 years and her passion is creating mentally healthy workplaces.  Kate is a registered psychologist with a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Curtin University in WA. Kate's experience in supporting mental health at PwC includes supporting the NZ firm following the Christchurch mosque attacks in March 2019.   Be a leader. Join ROW

Episode 11: How to support men's mental health

Wednesday Aug 05, 2020

The Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) podcast explores how we can build better, stronger workplaces.  Note Revolutionaries of Wellbeing (ROW) was formally known as My Health Revolution.   This episode: How to support men's mental health In this session, we're joined by guest Gerard Vaughan from the Mental Health Foundation to discuss men's mental health. Businesses can play an important role in helping men to manage their mental health - including reducing stigma, opening the conversation, and sharing positive role models. In this discussion, we will discuss the role organisations can play in more depth, some of the challenges and myths, and Gerard shares his tips for engaging with men to improve mental wellbeing. Gerard has worked as a consultant for the Mental Health Foundation for the last four years leading the Farmstrong project. He also helps organisations to establish, design and deliver behaviour change programmes. Prior to consulting, Gerard was the National Project Manager of the Like Minds, Like Mine campaign in New Zealand and was CEO of the Alcohol Advisory Council for five years. He has an MA in Community Psychology from Waikato University.   Be a leader. Join ROW

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Learn how to improve workplace wellbeing from the experts

Guests join ROW Founder and CEO Sarah McGuinness to explore topics we can’t afford to ignore. On this podcast, learn about important topics, gain insights and build your workplace wellbeing capability. Be inspired and learn about issues we can all take action on.

 

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The Revolutionaires of Wellbeing (ROW) helps wellbeing managers and champions to be change-makers and to create better workplaces, together. With a community of leaders from organisations around the globe, ROW is dedicated to helping you to develop your professional expertise, access practical tools and resources, and network with peers and experts to meaningfully improve workplace wellbeing. We bring together experts and businesses to solve collective challenges and to share knowledge and experience.

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