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Well-being insights to enhance your work and life

Learn ways to enrich your personal well-being, improve work-life integration, and create a culture of wellness at work with the WorkWell podcast series.

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How can we make self-care more inclusive and accessible to everyone

When life gets challenging, focusing on our mental health becomes even more vital. Self-care is one tool that can help us protect our mental and emotional well-being, but it isn’t one-size-fits-all. Each person is affected by stress and anxiety differently based on their experiences. So, the more that we can feature diverse voices in the wellness space, the more accessible self-care will be to all. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher talks with Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey, co-founders and co-CEO’s of the app, Shine, focused on providing a more inclusive self-care experience.

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How to rest as hard as you work

We often think that busyness and productivity go hand-in-hand, but the truth is, that taking time off is one of the most overlooked tools we have to stimulate creativity, innovation, and focus, not to mention well-being. So, when was the last time that you intentionally took some time off? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher talks with John Fitch and Max Frenzel, co-authors of the book Time Off and luminaries in the art and science of why we all need to create a rest ethic that matches our work ethic.

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Finding meaning in meaning

Happiness is something we are all striving for, and why shouldn’t we be? It’s the ultimate positive emotion! But what if our pursuit of happiness is misguided? Is there something else out there that can provide us with greater fulfillment? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher talks with Emily Esfahani Smith, a writer and speaker who draws on psychology, philosophy, and literature to help us better understand the human experience – why we are the way we are and how we can flourish with grace and meaning in a world that is also suffering.

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Understanding emotional agility

Life throws us many twists and turns, big and small, you can plan and prepare but that doesn't guarantee that there won't be a curveball that knocks you off your feet and when it does, how do you feel, how do you respond? The answers to these questions depend on your emotions and how you navigate them. Overcoming adversity calls for emotional strength and adaptiveness to change. It requires us to face our thoughts and feelings, get curious about them, use them as data, connect back to our values, and to move on. To thrive in this uncertain world, we could all use a little more emotional agility. The good news is it's a skill we can all learn and cultivate. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses emotional agility with Dr. Susan David, an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist and author of the Wall Street Journal best-selling book Emotional Agility—Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive In Work and Life.

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Resilience in times of crisis

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, we were told to shelter in place. While most of us were isolating in our homes with our families, frontline and essential workers continued to do the work needed to keep society afloat and citizens safe. In a health crisis, emergency responders are there to help those that need it most. These brave individuals are seeing first-hand the impact of COVID-19. But how are they protecting their own well-being? On this special episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher and Mike Kearney, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory CMO and host of the Resilient podcast, discuss resilience in times of crisis with Mike McCabe, chief of Operations at McCabe Ambulance Service and host of the EMS World Podcast.

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Let's talk postpartum depression

The birth of a baby is a joyful event, but for many women, that joy can become overshadowed by postpartum depression. According to the American Psychological Association, up to 1 in 7 women experience this serious mood disorder. But despite its prevalence, many do not seek the help and support they need due to stigmas and misinformation. One way we can help breakdown these barriers is by sharing personal stories and experiences to build greater awareness about this condition. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses postpartum depression with three mothers (and Deloitte colleagues) Leticia Roinesdal, Elizabeth Lascaze, and Caitlin Goodrich.

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Cultivating your purpose with self-care

There's a myth that if you're passionate about your work, you're less likely to be stressed. But on the contrary, those of us who love what we do are sometimes even more prone to burnout. One particularly vulnerable group is entrepreneurs. These trailblazers are doing great things to impact their communities, but sometimes sacrificing their own well-being to do so. This is why purpose and passion always need a healthy dose of self-care. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the vital role self-care plays in pursuing your passions with Dr. Lakeysha Hallmon an educator, speaker, writer, community builder, and the founder and CEO of the Village Market.

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Work, life, and play

Does striving for work-life balance feel like an elusive goal that you can never quite reach? That’s because designing a fulfilling life isn’t about balance, it’s about creating a rhythm that integrates all the key ingredients of a meaningful existence. And one key ingredient that we often overlook is the importance of play. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses creating a work, life, play rhythm with Aaron McHugh author, speaker, podcaster, and adventurer.

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Lessons in recovery: A conversation about addiction

Some parts of well-being are easier to talk about, like fitness, nutrition, and sleep, but stigma still stands in the way of having some of the tougher, more vulnerable conversations about our health. Substance use disorder is a mental illness that affects over 19.7 million Americans aged 12 and older, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher has a frank conversation with Laura McKowen, author of We Are the Luckiest, about substance use disorder and the strength and resilience we can learn from those in recovery.

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Special COVID-19 podcast—Episode 5: Supporting each other through tough times

We all go through loss at some point in our lives. And yet, for such a collective experience, it’s still something we struggle to talk about. In this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher shares strategies to deal with loss and grief you may be experiencing, as well as supporting others who are going through a loss.

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Mental training for peak performance

When we think of sports, we think of the physical training it takes to get the body in peak condition. But to win the gold medal, it takes more than fitness. It takes mental strength and focus to get you to the finish line. You don’t have to be an athlete to hone these mental skills. In fact, you can learn and practice them in your everyday life. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the importance of mental training for peak performance with Chris Hammer, U.S. Paralympian.

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Practicing the skill of happiness

The pursuit of happiness is universal, but do we really understand what happiness means? It isn't the absence of negative emotions, nor is it a persistent unfaltering positivity. Happiness is a non-negotiable ingredient in a fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy life. On this episode, Jen Fisher chief well-being officer discusses ways to cultivate happiness with Nataly Kogan, co-founder and CEO of Happier.

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Resilient leadership in times of change and challenge

Today, leaders are facing new challenges to the mental and emotional health of their teams. Though many physically or virtually show up to work, challenges may prevent them from fully engaging in their work responsibilities—an effect called presenteeism. This reinforces that outwardly someone can look fine, because we can't always see how someone feels. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer talks with Janet Foutty, Deloitte US Chair of the Board, about the skills leaders need to reengage with our work, our workplace, and our workforce to emerge from this crisis stronger than ever before.

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Special COVID-19 podcast—Episode 4: Creating and practicing healthy habits

The creativity and resilience people have shown in adapting to the mass-conversion to virtual work has been inspiring, particularly when it comes to managing their mental and physical health and staying connected. In this special-edition episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher talks about how developing healthy habits can help us navigate this new phase in work-life integration.

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Understanding the connection between kindness and health

When you think about your health, what things first come to mind? For many of us, it’s diet, exercise, sleep, and routine medical check ups. But did you know that your social environment plays a major role in your well-being? Or that showing kindness can boost your own health? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the importance of kindness to our well-being with Dr. Kelli Harding, author of The Rabbit Effect.

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Supporting your mental health in times of crisis

By now, most, if not all of us, understand the impact that COVID-19 can have on our physical health, but what about the impact to our mental health? The challenges of our current environment are shaping who we are as individuals and communities. The question is—how do we rise to those challenges with resiliency? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses strategies for maintaining our mental health with Christine Moutier, MD and chief medical officer.

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Special COVID-19 podcast—Episode 3: Maintaining human connection, from a distance

The absence of physical interaction brought on by COVID-19 can create a sense of an overall lack of connection between people, at work and home, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness. In this special-edition episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher provides information you can use to help maintain human connection, even while being physically distant.

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The new rules for remote work

The sudden mass conversion to remote work has created challenges, even for those who are accustomed to working in a remote environment. Nobody has figured it all out, but, as is human nature, we are learning and adapting. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses remote work strategies to cope and build resilience with Annie Dean of Deloitte Consulting’s workforce transformation group.

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Special COVID-19 podcast—Episode 2: Showing empathy for yourself and others

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our work, family, and social lives, showing empathy can help you navigate the adjustment to a new working environment. In this special-edition episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the importance of empathy and shares practical information to help you show empathy with yourself and others.

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Special COVID-19 podcast—Episode 1: Managing stress and anxiety during uncertain times

Facing the uncertainty of COVID-19, it is common to experience heightened stress, such as fear, anxiety, and overwhelming emotions. In this special-edition episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher offers guidance on managing anxiety and stress during this time.

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Allies against cancer

Fighting cancer is tough. Luckily, no one needs to fight alone. Whether you’re a cancer patient, survivor, or caregiver, having someone on your side who’s been there can help tremendously. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the importance of having a support system with Jonny Imerman, founder of Imerman Angels, and Deloitte partner Carl Allegretti.

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Living as your ideal self

It started out as a mission to check things off their bucket list, but then turned into something much bigger. So big, in fact, that it changed Ben’s core belief system on how he views life. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses living as your ideal self with Ben Nemtin, a best-selling author and creator, producer, and cast member of MTV’s highest-rated show on iTunes, “The Buried Life.”

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Staying energized and resilient on the road

Traveling for work is a common business practice. But it can sometimes take a toll on your well-being and your ability to perform at your best. What if you could become an empowered, productive road warrior, without annihilating your health? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses strategies for staying energized and resilient on the road with traveling naturopath, speaker, trainer, and author John Ayo.

 

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Turning toward failure

We all face challenges in life, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them hold you back. In fact, with the right mentality and support from your wolf-pack, you can use these obstacles to help you grow, evolve, and succeed in work and life. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses overcoming failures with retired soccer player Abby Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion.

 

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The disciplined pursuit of less

Do you always feel busy, but, at the same time, unproductive? Are the things you’re doing day-to-day aligned with your values and goals? It may seem that by trying to do it all, you can have it all. But when we spread ourselves too thin, we often find that the things we are spending most of our time on aren’t actually the most important things in our lives. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses how to discover and invest in what’s essential in our lives with Greg McKeown, best-selling author, speaker, and leading voice on essentialism.

 

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The science of meetings

Meetings are a staple of the corporate world and many of us find our days filled with them, sometimes back-to-back. But with all the time we spend in meetings, it begs the question; are they helping or hurting our productivity? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the science of meetings with Dr. Steven Rogelberg, a professor and Director of Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina—Charlotte.

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The science of emotions

Emotions may seem complicated, but by better understanding their value and function we can learn how to harness their power to enhance relationships and improve well-being. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the science of emotions with Dr. Dacher Keltner, the founding director of the Greater Good Science Center and a professor of psychology at the University of California Berkeley.

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Let’s talk mental health

Mental health stigmas are persistent in society, but with knowledge, kindness, and empathy, they can be broken down. A great place to start is with a conversation. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses mental health stigmas and how to overcome them with Pamela Harrington, executive director of Bring Change 2 Mind, a non-profit focused on raising awareness about mental health.

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Pursuit of happiness

Does working longer and harder make you more productive? Our society seems to think so. But studies show that an overworked culture can actually negatively impact productivity as well as employee well-being. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses modern work culture and how it impacts our ability to live a fulfilling life with Brigid Schulte, director of the Better Life Lab at New America.

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Training your mind

Are you constantly multi-tasking or thinking about what’s next? Mindfulness is the key to quieting the mind and enhancing focus. And practicing just a few minutes a day can provide benefits, including relaxation, better control of emotions, and greater self-awareness. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses strategies for strengthening your mind with Laurie Cameron, an author, speaker, and leading voice on mindfulness and meditation.

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Taming technology

Technology improves everyday life in so many ways. But do those benefits overshadow the negative impacts that technology use has on how we act, think, and connect with each other? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses how technology use impacts our behavior and our relationships with Adam Alter, best-selling author and associate professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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Good tech

Technology can make life more convenient, connected, and efficient. But with all that it gives us, could it also be taking something away? How can we use technology to enhance our well-being and not diminish it? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher and colleague Carolyn O’Boyle, national managing director of Talent Strategy and Innovation discuss strategies to maintain a healthy relationship with your technology with Amy Blankson, a leading specialist on mindful living in the digital era.

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Bouncing back

Life is full of challenges and setbacks. Resilience is what helps us bounce back from them. And just like a muscle in the body, resilience can grow stronger through practice. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses strategies to build resilience, vitality, and a deeper mind-body connection with Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, a leading voice in the world of positive psychology and the science of flourishing.

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Mind your mind

Hiding or 'covering' mental illness is not uncommon, especially in the workplace. How can we create a workplace culture that can empower people to take care of their mental health in the same way we encourage them to take care of their physical health? On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher and Dr. Christine Moutier, the Chief Medical Officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, discuss mental health in the workplace.

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Connecting to purpose

Our constantly connected society gives us greater access to what we want when we want it. But it also comes with a price—the stronger our wifi connection, the less connected we become to ourselves and our purpose. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses purpose and intention with Jonathan Fields, award-winning writer and founder of the Good Life Project and colleague Mike Kearney, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory partner and host of Resilient podcast series.

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When well-being goes wild

When it comes to well-being, we all fall off the tracks every once and a while. And that’s ok because well-being is not a zero-sum game. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher asks Drs. Chris and Kara Mohr—specialists in nutrition and fitness who also happen to be a married couple—to share personal stories on how they manage (and sometimes mismanage) their busy lives with juggling family, work, and their own well-being.

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A better bottom line

Well-being is not a trend, it’s a business imperative. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher discusses the business case for investing in well-being through three perspectives. You’ll hear a behavioral science view from Deloitte Insights research manager Dr. Kelly Monahan, gain insights on what a leader thinks from Deloitte’s chief talent officer Mike Preston, and gain some practical tips and advice on how to embed well-being and flexibility into your own team from Deloitte Consulting LLP senior manager Lindsay Sitek.

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About WorkWell

On the WorkWell podcast series, we talk about all things well-being. Stay up-to-date with the latest health and wellness trends and discover tips and tricks along the way with host Jen Fisher, Deloitte chief well-being officer. Subscribe today and learn ways to enrich your own well-being, improve work-life balance, and create a culture of wellness at work. Each podcast is designed to help you better understand—and more importantly—embed well-being into your life and work!

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