The Everymind Podcast
Geoff McDonald: “Stigma killed my friend”
In this week’s episode, Geoff McDonald, mental health campaigner, business transformation consultant and co-founder of Minds@Work, joins Paul in a open conversation about his struggle with being diagnosed with anxiety-fueled depression and how the day his friend took his own life, was a day that changed his life.
Previously the Global VP of HR for 25 years at Unilever, Geoff shares his devotion to ending the stigma of depression and anxiety in the workplace, with hopes to inspire leaders to embrace mental health and empower organisations to support the wellbeing of their employees.
What are organisations really doing to tackle stigma? Have mental health speakers and initiatives just become a tickbox activity in the workplace? Paul and Geoff speak openly about their experiences in this space and how organisations can be held accountable for the steps, or lack of steps, their taking to tackle these issues.
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Simone Fenton-Jarvis: The Human-centric Workplace33:07In this week’s episode, Simone Fenton-Jarvis joins Paul in an honest conversation about the importance of human-centric workplaces and how to create a culture based on people, rather than policy.Simone is a workplace thought leader who’s passionate about creating human-centric workplaces. She focuses on employee experience and the impact on organisational performance along with data insights to deliver change and business improvement in culture, space, process, and technology.Paul and Simone explore what ‘bringing your whole self to work’ really means, discussing the boundaries of oversharing, comfortability and vulnerability in the workplace. She also looks at the differentiation between data-driven and tick-box-driven wellbeing initiatives. Find out more in this episode!Simone Fenton-Jarvis https://www.linkedin.com/in/simonefj/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/Watch the video here: https://youtu.be/4YlmvEyImUA
Lucy Hoyle & Ellie Woodhams: Finding the ‘happy’ balance49:33In this week’s episode, Ellie Woodhams, Talent Partner, and Lucy Hoyle, Curation Manager at Perlego, join Paul in a candid conversation about how their passion for wellbeing has influenced their roles and the culture of their workplace.Both employees at Perlego, an online digital library focusing on academic, professional and non-fiction eBooks, Ellie and Lucy discuss how they've been able to create a psychologically safe environment at work by advocating mental wellbeing among their colleagues.After an employee sadly left Perlego due to work stress and burnout, this kick-started a reassessment of their workplace wellbeing and culture. Ellie and Lucy talk about how tackling stigma in the workplace through mental health champions and wellbeing networks, they have seen a rise in engagement with wellbeing initiatives and resources. They explain how placing emphasis on creating a better culture has allowed for invaluable improvements in their employees’ wellbeing and how this has truly impacted their workplace. What’s the ‘happy’ balance? It’s the balance between people feeling comfortable sharing their experiences and being aware of workplace boundaries and context.Listen to this episode to find out more!Video version here: https://youtu.be/XgGtto0zJn0Lucy Hoyle - Curation Manager at Perlegohttps://www.linkedin.com/in/lucy-hoyle-883381138/Ellie Woodhams - Former Talent Partner at Perlegohttps://www.linkedin.com/in/elliewoodhams/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/
Dr Hayley Lewis: The Psychology of Workplace Wellbeing49:06In this week’s episode, Dr. Hayley Lewis, a qualified psychologist and Founder of Halo Psychology, joins Paul in an open and honest conversation about how their experiences shaped their careers in workplace wellbeing as well as, discussing how leaders can impact culture and performance.Dr Hayley Lewis is an expert in the psychology of work and organisations and focuses on leadership and management behaviour. In this podcast, she opens up about her early context and how her life experiences shaped her career. With her expert knowledge, Hayley shares the key ingredients to creating a psychologically safe work environment and calls out business leaders who expect high performing employees without truly investing in their wellbeing and workplace culture. Dr. Hayley LewisLinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/hajlewisWebsite: https://halopsychology.com/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also watch the full podcast here:https://youtu.be/j2bpD3Cy6mw
Gurpreet Singh: Becoming a Dad51:12In this week’s International Father’s Day Mental Health special episode, Gurpreet Singh (AKA Sikhdad) joins Paul in an open and honest conversation about their personal experiences with fatherhood and their mental health journeys.Gurpreet, UK parent blogger and mental health advocate, discusses how his mid-life career adjustment, changed his life. Focusing on his work with Mind, becoming an entrepreneur and dedicating as much time as he can to his children and to being a Dad. They both share their experiences with the balance of dealing with parental pressures and maintaining their own mental health.Gurpreet SinghWebisite: https://sikhdad.com/Instagram: @sikhdadPaul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also watch to the full podcast here:https://youtu.be/kkt4mqFp138
David Durlacher: Investing in Human Capital29:27In this week’s episode, David Durlacher, CEO of Julius Baer International, joins Paul in a discussion on the importance of his employees’ wellbeing above all else.David speaks on how placing his people at the heart of the business has completely transformed their workplace culture and performance. He discusses how key it is to understand how we can help people to thrive in their jobs by opening up and encouraging conversations about mental health.Sharing the ways in which they have improved the working culture and aim to break down the stigma of mental health internally and externally, David opens up about the changes made during and after the pandemic - reconnecting with his teams and introducing a hybrid working model where employees are in control.Will we reach a point where mental health is as important as physical health in the workplace?David DurlacherLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-durlacher/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also watch the full podcast here:https://youtu.be/twwd13jxRVI
Akita Somani: The Journey to Inclusion29:07In this week’s episode, Akita Somani, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Champion at U.S. Bank and a member of the Women in Payments ASEAN Advisory Board, joins Paul in an open conversation about mental wellbeing in the workplace and how implementing it into culture can lead to better business results.With over 21 years of international experience in retail financial services and payments, with U.S. Bank (Elavon), Mastercard, Visa, Citi, Barclays and HSBC, Akita relentlessly drives constructive actions on building diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry.They discuss how to positively impact workplace culture and the progressive steps in which to successfully do that. Akita shares the importance of leadership taking the first steps in educating themselves on how to embed a culture of inclusion and psychological safety in their organisations. Sharing small tips and key examples of the steps her company has taken to improve employee wellbeing and their workplace culture.Akita SomaniLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akitasomani/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also listen to the full podcast here: https://youtu.be/tDfUZuIO51I
Julie Dennis: Diversity & Inclusion vs Mental Health39:20In this week’s episode entitled Diversity & Inclusion vs Mental Health, Julie Dennis, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ACAS, joins Paul in this podcast to discuss her passion for diversity and inclusion as well as mental health in the workplace.As one of the country’s most experienced professionals in this field, Julie shares her personal story from her first relationship to her PTSD and anxiety diagnosis and how these experiences changed her perspective and built her passion to help others. She discusses the intersection between diversity and inclusion and mental wellbeing, and how they do come hand-in-hand in the workplace and outside. Julie also shares what she and her colleagues have implemented in her workplace at ACAS that has dramatically improved their culture and approach to mental health support for their employees and other organisations; focusing on the impact of human-level approach to workplace wellbeing and not being afraid to bring your ‘whole self’ to work. Julie DennisLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-dennis-06ab824b/ACAS: https://www.acas.org.uk/Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also listen to the full podcast here:Acast/Spotify/etc links
Jamie Broadley: The Power of Vulnerability48:30In the second episode of the new Everymind podcast, Paul is joined by, Group Head of Health and Wellbeing at Serco, Jamie Broadley who takes a deep dive into how he came to be in his role, from achieving his Master’s in psychology to his professional rugby career. He shares what he has learned and has been successfully able to implement in his workplace when it comes to mental and physical wellbeing. Is a holistic approach necessary to workplace wellbeing? Jamie answers this question, with details on what makes the biggest impact on workplace culture and making staff feel supported. He explains how sharing personal experience, especially from leadership, is a key player in the cultural transformation of an organisation. Paul and Jamie delve deeper into the power of vulnerability and openness at work, without blurring the boundaries. Jamie BroadleyLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamie-broadley-7892674a/ Paul McGregorLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pmcgregorcom/You can also watch the full video here:https://youtu.be/ge090FOmaeM