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Headspace for the Workplace with Dr. Sally

  • Alone Together: Unraveling the Ties between Isolation and Suicide - Interview with Dr. Kayla Folmer - EP. 39

    18 JUN. 2024 · Have you ever felt alone in a group of people? Have you ever been shunned by work colleagues? Today we are going to explore what it’s like to be "Alone Together," and we are joined by Professor Kayla Follmer of West Virginia University, an expert in occupational health psychology. Our discussion will navigate the often-misunderstood paths of isolation at work —both intentional and unintentional—and their profound impact on suicide risk. Many of us have lived through the painful experiences of workplace shunning and exclusion, but might not have connected the dots on how these experiences can contribute to feelings of thwarted belonging. Join us as we unpack the complexities of isolation, discuss preventative strategies, and consider how each of us can contribute to a more inclusive and supportive society. Whether you’re someone who has felt on the outside, or you're a workplace leader seeking insights into better understanding how to decrease loneliness and isolation at work, this conversation aims to offer understanding and hope.For more information on this episode go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/alone-together-unraveling-the-ties-between-isolation-and-suicide-with-dr-kayla-follmer-ep-39
    Escuchado 20m 4s
  • Cultivating a Restorative and Just Culture in the Workplace with Susan Murray | Ep. 38

    28 MAY. 2024 · Explore the transformative power of restorative just culture in the workplace with insights from Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas and Susan Murray. Learn how shifting from blame to a systems-focused approach can enhance psychological safety and reduce risks in critical incidents. For more information on this episode go to  https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/cultivating-a-restorative-and-just-culture-in-the-workplace-with-susan-murray-ep-38
    Escuchado 26m 47s
  • Alone Together: Unraveling the Ties between Isolation and Suicide with Max Margolis| Episode 37

    21 MAY. 2024 · Dr. Sally and expert guest Max Margolis delve into workplace alcohol cultures on the Headspace for the Workplace podcast, offering insights on its links to mental health and suicide. Tune in for actionable advice on fostering inclusive environments and prioritizing employee well-being. for more information on this episode go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/rethink-the-drink-workplace-alcohol-culture-and-substance-use-disorders-with-max-margolis-episode-37
    Escuchado 18m 33s
  • Financial Well-being and Recovery with Reid Graham | Episode 36

    13 MAY. 2024 · In this episode of Headspace for the Workplace, we explore the transformative power of financial well-being through the lens of recovery with Reid Graham. Reid infuses the core tenets of life and recovery into financial health and well-being for his corporate clients.Reid's journey exemplifies the intersection of serenity, humility, recovery, community, service, acceptance, and amends with financial planning, offering invaluable insights into how workplaces can foster vibrant and psychologically healthy environments.Throughout our conversation, Reid highlights the critical connection between financial health and mental well-being, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning and action in alleviating stress and improving stability. For more information on ths episode go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/financial-well-being-and-recovery-with-reid-graham-episode-36
    Escuchado 18m
  • Mental Health Advocacy in Leadership, Major General Gregg Martin | Episode 35

    9 MAY. 2024 · In this episode of Headspace for the Workplace, I had the privilege of sitting down with Major General Gregg Martin, retired from the US Army, to discuss his remarkable journey living with bipolar disorder and the pivotal role leaders play in enhancing workplace mental health.Major General Martin’s story exemplifies the intersection of leadership, resilience, and mental health advocacy. He opened up about his personal journey, recounting how his bipolar condition surfaced during his military service, ultimately leading to a profound transformation in his life and career. His candor and vulnerability underscored the importance of destigmatizing mental health discussions, especially among leaders.Throughout our conversation, Major General Martin emphasized two key takeaways: the recognition that leaders are human, susceptible to mental health conditions, and the importance of prioritizing mental health self-care to cultivate a supportive workplace environment.Major General Martin issued a compelling call to action, urging individuals to educate themselves on mental health, normalize conversations, and advocate for recovery and wellness. His commitment to stopping the stigma surrounding mental illness resonated deeply with me and underscored the collective responsibility we have in creating healthier, more supportive workplaces.As we concluded our conversation, I felt inspired by Major General Martin's resilience and determination to effect change. His journey serves as a testament to the power of advocacy and the transformative potential of leadership in mental health. For more information on this episode please go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/2024/4/24/mental-health-advocacy-in-leadership-major-general-gregg-martin-episode-35
    Escuchado 19m 20s
  • Bridging Ergonomics & Mental Health, Kevin Lombardo | 34

    7 MAY. 2024 · In this insightful episode of Headspace for the Workplace, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas talks with Kevin Lombardo, a workplace safety expert known for his holistic approach to keeping workplaces safe and healthy. Together, they discuss how ergonomic principles and mental health connect in the workplace.Throughout the episode, Kevin emphasizes the importance of keeping employees safe, injury-free, and stress-free at work. They explore how creating a supportive environment can contribute to this goal, ensuring that employees feel secure and able to perform their best.Dr. Sally and Kevin share practical tips for creating a workspace that supports employees' overall wellbeing, providing a roadmap for companies to build a positive work culture.By bridging the domains of ergonomics and mental health, organizations can pave the way for transformative change, fostering environments where individuals thrive and flourish. for more information on this episode got to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/2024/4/18/bridging-ergonomics-amp-mental-health-kevin-lombardo-34
    Escuchado 23m 31s
  • Cultivating Soul-Safe Workplaces with David Galvan | 33

    7 MAY. 2024 · We’ve all heard of “soul-crushing” work environments, but what exactly does that mean? And how do we ensure we change the narrative to create a working atmosphere that is soul-safe? In this episode of "Headspace for the Workplace," I had the pleasure of connecting with David Galvan about the importance of creating soul-safe workplaces.Our conversation revolved around the transformative power of acknowledging and nurturing the soul within professional settings. Together, we discussed the importance of having one's soul seen at work and understanding the six S's contributing to soul-crushing environments: sickness, shame, stress, systemic issues, shunning, and signals of life changes. As we navigated these crucial topics, it became evident that embracing authenticity, compassion, and resilience is paramount for fostering environments where individuals feel valued and supported. By prioritizing soul-centered approaches, we have the opportunity to create spaces where souls flourish. Listen to this episode for actionable steps for cultivating soul-safe workplaces, and recreating your work environment as a haven for holistic well-being, rooted in soulfulness, empathy, and collective thriving. For more information on this episode got to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/cultivating-soul-safe-workplaces-with-david-galvan-33
    Escuchado 22m 42s
  • Psychologically Safety & Lived Experience, Christopher Wojnar | 32

    9 ABR. 2024 · In this enlightening episode of the Headspace for the Workplace podcast, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas leads a thought-provoking discussion with Christopher Wojnar, an impassioned nurse and advocate for workplace mental health and suicide prevention. Christopher shares his remarkable journey of resilience, from overcoming personal struggles with suicide attempts to dedicating his life to supporting others in crisis.Throughout the episode, Christopher emphasizes the crucial importance of understanding the current state of workplace mental health initiatives and leveraging the power of lived experience to drive effective interventions. Drawing from his own journey, he highlights the need for organizations to prioritize psychological safety and empower employees to contribute to meaningful change.Listeners are invited to explore practical strategies for creating psychologically safe workplaces and fostering a culture of support and inclusion. Christopher's heartfelt insights and unwavering dedication encourages listeners to take proactive steps towards building healthier, more resilient workplaces for all.Tune in to this important episode and join the movement for workplace well-being and suicide prevention. for more information on this episode go to  https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/psychological-safety-lived-experience-christopher-wojnar-32
    Escuchado 14m 13s
  • HR Dilemma: Setting Boundaries, Christi Pilutik | Episode 31

    23 MAR. 2024 · In this episode of Headspace in the Workplace, I am joined by Christi Pilutik, and we're diving into the often-overlooked HR dilemma in managing mental health issues in the workplace. It's a common misconception that HR professionals are solely responsible for addressing mental health concerns, leading to burnout and frustration. But it doesn't have to be this way. Christi and I at the AGC Summer Convention. Christi joins us as a seasoned expert in working with construction leaders to enhance the employee experience. Christi sheds light on the challenges HR faces and offers invaluable insights on how to support others without losing sight of oneself.In this engaging conversation, we explore the importance of setting boundaries and we delve into the vital need for self-care, emphasizing that without prioritizing our own well-being, we cannot effectively support others.Christi shares practical tips on incorporating self-care into our daily routines, highlighting the significance of small, incremental steps in replenishing our mental and emotional reserves.As we conclude, Christi leaves us with a powerful quote from Brené Brown, reminding us that self-awareness and self-compassion are essential for cultivating compassion towards others. for more information on this episode go to  https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/hr-dilemma-setting-boundaries-christi-pilutik-episode-31
    Escuchado 14m 40s
  • Breaking the Mold -- How to Navigate Management and Mental Health in Male-Dominated Industries: Interview with Simon Tyler | Ep. 30

    17 FEB. 2024 · Join us as we explore the intersection of masculinity, mental health, and professional success in traditionally male-dominated industries. In this podcast, we delve into how leveraging strengths inherent in masculinity—such as collaboration, prioritizing safety, reciprocity, perseverance, problem-solving, courage, and honor—can contribute to creating healthier work environments and driving individual and organizational growth. From sharing stories of triumph to discussing practical strategies for promoting mental well-being, this episode I interview Simon Tyler from Australia. He offers insights and inspiration for navigating challenges, fostering resilience, and unlocking the full potential of men’s mental well-being at work. His two key takeaways: - Management engagement through leveraging workplace strengths - Mitigate psychosocial hazards related to job design For more information on this episode go to https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/headspace/30
    Escuchado 30m 49s

Headspace for the Workplace – A Podcast on How to Cultivate a Vibrant and Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workforce with your host Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas In our brain-based economy, we...

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Headspace for the Workplace – A Podcast on How to Cultivate a Vibrant and Psychologically Safe and Healthy Workforce with your host Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas



In our brain-based economy, we depend on fully engaged, mentally healthy teams. Organizations that have figured this out not only have a competitive advantage, they are awesome places to work. Take a listen to the lessons learned and actionable take-aways to promote mental health and wellbeing and support people through tough times – at work.
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