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The Best 5 Podcasts to Encourage Employee Wellness

By Kandy Cantwell on August, 6 2019

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Are you always looking for new resources and opportunities to increase employee wellness and strengthen your team? If you are, podcasts are a unique and effective approach of taking a deeper dive into a subject in an informational and entertaining way.  

Whether we are commuting, working, cleaning or relaxing, listening to a podcast gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge from industry experts for free, in a convenient, consumable way. 

We’ve compiled a list of podcasts that will help keep you up to speed with wellness trends, which can then help you supplement your wellness initiatives. Additionally, we strongly recommend sharing these resources with your employees, to help them learn more about the importance of wellness and guide them towards healthy behaviours. 

 

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5 Aspects Of Employee Wellness And The Podcasts to Inspire Change

1. Improved Diet and Nutrition 

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Our diet directly impacts our circadian rhythms, and consuming less greens or low-fat foods can lead to employee tiredness and a 93 percent decrease in productivity. The Food Heaven Podcast provides employees with useful tips for making lifelong sustainable changes to improve health and wellness. Of note is their episode on Financial Wellness where they bring on a chief investment officer because they believe financial stress affects eating habits and physical wellbeing. 
Wendy and Jess: Food Heaven Podcast

Frequency: Every Wednesday

Length: around 40 minutes

About: Wendy and Jess are two dieticians who discuss food, health and nutrition on this podcast. Often, they interview leading experts in the field of nutrition. 

 

2. Feeling Socially Connected

Did you know that seeing the good in others and feeling more socially connected can allow your team to achieve workplace harmony? Sincerely Hueman

Social connectedness allows employees to be more willing to learn from one another and share their ideas. This not only improves the quality of discussion in the office but allows employees to be more productive as well. Additionally, employees who feel isolated at work often show increased absenteeism and decreased focus and engagement*.

Sincerely, Hueman facilitates social connectedness and decreases employee loneliness by allowing its listeners to see the kindness of others.

Sincerely, Hueman 

Frequency: Every Tuesday

Length: 15 minutes

About: Sincerely, Hueman profiles everyday people who started local and global movements for social good. In each episode, changemakers talk about the moments that caused them to do something for a cause they care about. The goal of this podcast is to inspire others to do good in the world. 

*To learn more about the importance of social connectedness in the workplace, read Loneliness and Health: How to Build a More Social Workplace.

 

3. Feeling Engaged and Happy

As an employer, employee engagement should be a priority as it contributes to your business’ bottom line. Engaged employees are enthusiastic about their work, committed and are more productive and profitable.Happier

According to research by the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, the human brain performs significantly better in a happy state than it does in a neutral or negative state.

Focusing on happiness and optimism increases employee engagement and productivity by 12%. Happier with Gretchen Rubin equips your employees with tips on remaining optimistic and creating their own happiness and engagement.

Happier With Gretchen Rubin

Frequency: Every Wednesday

Length: 50 minutes

Gretchen Rubin is an American author of the bestselling book The Happiness Project. In this podcast, she shares insights, strategies, stories and tips that help people understand themselves and create a happier life. 

 

4. Having Quality Sleep

unnamedA lack of sleep strongly correlates with low productivity. Sleep-deprived employees can cost your business as much as $3,156 per employee annually. 

A possible resource for sleep-deprived employees is Drew Ackerman’s podcast Sleep With Me that aids listeners in falling asleep.

Sleep With Me 

Frequency: Twice a week

Length: 60 minutes

Drew Ackerman, tells long and boring stories that are intended to put insomniacs to sleep. Sleep With Me combines the pain of insomnia with the relief of laughing and turns it into a unique storytelling podcast.

 

5. Enhanced Financial Literacy

maplemoney-podcast-coverFinancial stress can affect employee health negatively. Financial implications for your business include increased absenteeism, reduced productivity, high turnover rates and increased health care costs.

Offering MapleMoney as a resource to improve financial literacy empowers employees with the knowledge on how to manage debt, save for emergencies and plan for their retirement. Recent topics covered including “How to Build a Portfolio That Lets You Travel the World”, “Hidden Investment Fees” and “Financial Independence”. 

MapleMoney 

Frequency: Every Wednesday

Length: 35 minutes 

MapleMoney is a podcast that offers tips to listeners on how to save, invest and spend money in a way that helps your employees create lasting financial freedom. Their goal is to help listeners take control of their money and turn their finances around.  

For additional Financial Wellness Tips, read 3 Effective Financial Wellness Tips for Employees New to the Workforce

 

Final Thoughts

Podcasts have become a valuable resource for learning, self-improvement and skill enhancement. The content of podcasts can act as a supplement for the Wellness Programs you have in place, but also allows your team members to take control of their health and wellness. This, in turn, can create a better corporate culture for your business. 

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