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  • On the Engaging Leader podcast, we share communication and leadership principles, and tell stories that illustrate putting those principles into practice.
  • The Workforce Health Engagement podcast explores strategies to improve your employees’ health and productivity — and to protect your bottom line.

WHE34: Coronavirus – Supporting Employee Mental Health During a Pandemic | with William Kassler from IBM

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This is part 1 of a two-part interview. Part 1 originally aired on our Engaging Leader podcast as episode 206 and is re-airing here as episode 34. Part 2 is exclusive to this Workforce Health Engagement podcast. So if you’ve already heard part 1, feel free to skip ahead to episode 35 for part 2, about Apps & Tech for Employee Mental Health During the Coronavirus Crisis.

Join my conversation with the Deputy Chief Health Officer at IBM, with a 350,000-person global workforce, about measures that major companies are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic, including recommendations for employee mental health. read more…

204: The Role of Men in Tackling Gender Inequality at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion

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When men are actively involved in gender diversity efforts, 96% of organizations report progress, compared to only 30% when men are not involved.

However, many men don’t feel equipped to play any role in inclusion and equity. For some men, the traditional model of masculinity steers men away from talking about emotional topics (except to rant about sports or politics). And other fears get in the way too, such as the possibility of saying something “wrong,” and being labeled as sexist or discriminatory despite their good intentions. What’s a guy to do? read more…

Take THAT, COVID-19! Tips for Workforce Communication

First of all, take a deep breath. While you might be scurrying now to make decisions and get the messages out, helping your team navigate the coronavirus outbreak is not going to be a one-and-done communication event. This is an emerging issue with details that change daily. You’ll be keeping your workforce informed about the topic for weeks, if not months. It’s important to stay thoughtful and persistent. read more…

202: Overcome the Invisible Barriers Holding Women Back at Work | with Michelle King, Netflix’s Director of Inclusion

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In recent years, most companies have been trying to advance the representation of women and minorities in leadership positions.  For example, most organizations have diversity recruitment targets as well as Diversity & Inclusion programs, including initiatives like mentoring, networking groups, and unconscious bias training. read more…

201: 4 Hacks for Bringing Joy to the Workplace | with Bruce Daisley, former Twitter VP

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Burnout and unhappiness at work are a reality for the vast majority of workers. Fortunately, leaders — and employees themselves — can make work better. In his new book, Bruce Daisley shares hacks from science and his previous experience as Twitter’s VP of Europe to transform work from stressful and soul-sucking to fulfilling and fun.

Bruce joins us to discuss four simple practices to improve how your team works together, leading to greater happiness and performance.

Bruce Daisley is the author of Eat Sleep Work Repeat: 30 Hacks for Bringing Joy to Your Job. From 2012 through January 2020, Bruce was Twitter’s Vice President across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Previously, he ran YouTube UK at Google. Bruce’s passion for improving work led to him creating the podcast Eat Sleep Work Repeat on making work better. It became a number 1 smash in the UK (also hitting the business top 10 in the US).

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200: Discover How You Contribute to the World | with Tom Rath

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Great jobs are MADE, not FOUND. If you aren’t loving your current job, how can you turn it into a job you want? Finding fulfillment in our life’s work requires contributing meaningfully to the world around us. We’re pleased to welcome Tom Rath back to the show. Tom is a bestselling author and research scientist who has spent the past two decades studying how work can improve human health and well-being. Tom shares about his new book Life’s Great Question, which follows up on his earlier work about StrengthsFinder. We discuss:

  • How we can redesign the job we have into the job we want
  • Why we need a whole new way to think about our life’s work
  • How helping others can improve your health and well-being
  • How to align your work with your greatest potential contributions while keeping in touch with how you’re wired, what you need, and what gets you excited.

Tom Rath’s bestsellers include How Full Is Your Bucket?, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, Eat Move Sleep, and Are You Fully Charged? During his 13 years at Gallup, Tom led the organization’s strengths, employee engagement, wellbeing, and leadership consulting worldwide. Tom has served for the past five years as an external advisor and Gallup Senior Scientist. His two newest books are Life’s Great Question: Discover How You Best Contribute to the World and It’s Not About You: A Brief Guide to a Meaningful Life.

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199: How to Tackle the 3 Toughest Conversations with Employees | with CHRO Paul Falcone

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Have you ever put off a conversation with an employee for too long because just thinking about it made you cringe? Most leaders know how agonizing it can feel to address inappropriate behavior or communicate other uncomfortable messages.

The good news is that you can acquire the tools and skills that help you not only handle such conversations with tact and compassion, but also sidestep the awkwardness. In this episode, Paul Falcone shares advice for three of the toughest scenarios from his book 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager’s Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges.

A bestselling author and top-rated presenter, Paul is currently the Chief Human Resources Officer for The Motion Picture and Television Fund. He has many years of experience as an HR executive at major entertainment companies. Previously, Paul served as head of HR for Nickelodeon, head of international HR for Paramount Pictures, and head of HR for the TV production unit of NBCUniversal, where he oversaw HR operations for NBC’s late night and prime time programming lineup, including The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, and The Office.

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