Whether it’s work/life balance, mental health or workplace culture, there are a number of concerns that organizations – and the employees who are the lifeblood of their operations – grapple with on a regular basis.
A recent HBR article estimated 80% of employees struggle with a mental health condition. Unfortunately, many companies or their leaders are ineffective in helping identify these serious issues or taking the initiative to create and maintain an open dialogue that can lead to a healthy and productive work environment.
That’s why we are excited to announce in partnership with the Asia CEO Community organization the launch of a new podcast – How to lead for Wellness. In each episode, we will join leaders in a candid conversation about issues they have experienced or identified along with measures they have implemented to make a difference in their life and the lives of others.
Whether it’s during your commute to or from work, or taking advantage of some free time in your schedule, we encourage you to sit back and prepare to be informed, enlightened and inspired in each episode.
Premiere episode eye opening!
In the first episode – which is available to listen on Spotify – we were joined by the founders of two Hong Kong-based organizations:
Brian Henderson of Whole Business Wellness
Gary Lam of Asia CEO Community
During our 18-minute discussion, Brian and Gary shared some of the issues that they have personally struggled with as executives at their respective organizations. This included burnout and mental health issues which not only affected them at work but also seeped into their relationships with family members and friends.
The experiences they shared were truly eye opening and will likely resonate with many of our followers who have experienced similar situations in their own life or within their work or social circles.
What we found encouraging is that both Brian and Gary have overcome many of the issues that they shared. This wasn’t easy and it only happened because they took the opportunity to identify their situations and behaviors and take measures to address them. That’s what achieving a healthy and fulfilling life is all about.
As we listened to both Brian and Gary’s stories, we were gratified to learn that we are on the right track in growing the resources we’re providing. Through website content – and initiatives such as the WellnessX program and launch of the podcast – we're hopeful that leaders who are part of our growing community will take a step back and determine if they are investing enough time and resources in their most valuable asset: their people.
In past blog posts, we've highlighted how achieving health and wellness is a journey and that there are no shortcuts. Brian and Gary have demonstrated that leaders need to be at the forefront of every company’s efforts because as Brian pointed out: thriving people equals a thriving business!
Gary also brilliantly observed that self-care is extremely important. To care for those who are important to you – like your family, friends and employees – you need to take care of yourself first.
Feedback on podcast is welcome
Adding a podcast to the series of resources offered by HYGGEWellbeing has been one of our goals since leading the evolution of the company over the past year. I think it’s an excellent forum to help raise awareness about the importance of health and wellness while hearing directly from leaders of organizations of all sizes and sectors.
We look forward to receiving feedback on each episode along with topics you would like to see covered in the future. Just send us an email at email@example.com with the subject line ‘Podcast Feedback.’
Together, we can build a healthier and happier community – one person and one company at a time!