Overcoming social anxiety and finding reflection

Overcoming social anxiety and finding reflection in 2020 – Dr Natalie Flatt PhD

Do you find time to reflect at the end of the day?

In this Live on Linkedin, Tom Bosna and Dr Natalie Flatt team up to talk about overcoming social anxiety and finding reflection.

This conversation is all about creating a healthy discussion around mental health in the workplace and in the wider community.

Listen out for:

  • The insight into what actually is social anxiety and how this has been going in 2020
  • The four key questions you should ask yourself everyday to reflect and build confidence

If you are an individual in need of support, check out https://connectmymind.online/

If you are a workplace and interested in exploring how you can support your workforce, head across to Connect Psych and review their innovative solutions for workplaces.

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Diet Myths with our Corporate Dietitian

Diet myths with Gemma Monaghan, Corporate Dietitian

When it comes to diet, nutrition and cooking, everyone is an expert!

In a world full of misinformation, it can be hard to find the right information and make the right choice.  When it comes to food and eating healthy, we all know what we need to do, but sometimes new diets come up in mainstream media that we see and need to understand.

Our guest, Gemma Monaghan is an accredited practising Dietitian, with qualifications in low FODMAPs and spends her working week educating corporates on all things nutrition.

In Episode 11 of Well Workplaces Podcast, our guest Gemma shares her insights on:

  • Her journey into Dietetics and Nutrition and love for cooking
  • What Intermittent Fasting is all about and the pros and cons
  • How Keto diet is one of diets she talks with clients about
  • Alternative milks and there nutritional value
  • The future trends in food, dining and nutrition

This was an interesting conversation with some great science to back it up.

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Hybrid working and the best of both worlds

Hybrid working and the best of both worlds with Jerry Kennard, CEO of Evoke Projects

With hybrid working and work from anywhere policies starting to take shape, there’s no better time for workplaces and landlords to reinvigorate the physical environment.

In Episode 20, we’re excited to talk with Jerry Kennard, CEO of Evoke Projects about the latest trends in workplace design, fit-out and how workplaces are adapting to promote healthier spaces.

Jerry and Tom discuss:

  • The key trends in the office fit-out market in 2021
  • How clients are adapting with hybrid working
  • Where wellbeing and office fit-outs come together
  • WELL Building standards – a practical guide to use

To connect with Jerry Kennard and hear more about Evoke Projects go to www.evokeprojects.com.au

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Workplace Wellbeing according to Olly Bridge

Workplace Wellbeing according to Olly Bridge – From ‘busted dreams to expanded waistlines’ to leaving working healthier than when you showed up

We spend one-third of our lives at work… Can you imagine leaving work healthier than when you showed up?

Olly Bridge is a well known personality in the health and wellbeing sector. With roles ranging from directing the hugely successful Global Corporate Challenge wellbeing movement, his role as head of corporate health and wellbeing at Medibank and now Chief Growth Officer at Wellteq.

In Episode 9 of Well Workplace podcast Olly has a really interesting discussion with Josh as he shares stories on:

  • How he has spent his entire working career in the sport, fitness and health and wellbeing industry
  • His personal insights into what drives him to be the best version of himself
  • How COVID-19 has impacted him personally and his work
  • Why inspiring workplaces and individuals to better wellbeing is an absolute passion

To connect with Olly Bridge please head across to his website or connect with him on Linkedin

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Is resistance training the best anti-ageing intervention on the planet?

Is resistance training the best anti-ageing intervention with Senior Physiotherapist, Riain Casey


We have all seen Physiotherapists for many different reasons. Sometimes, it’s simply for pain relief and other times it’s for rehabilitation of an injured area. For modern day health practitioners, though, there is a growing body of evidence that points towards the benefits of exercise therapy in maintaining optimal health and preventing a range of chronic diseases. In fact, almost 25% of the worlds adults are classified as physically inactive – it’s a big issue! It’s also interesting that almost everyone knows that exercise is good for them, but some of us simply don’t get enough movement in our day.

This is where our expert Riain Casey comes in.  Riain is the definition of a modern-day health practitioner that sees his role as a Physiotherapist, as much more than pain relief. In fact, he defines his purpose as to facilitate movement through physical activity promotion.

The big question for Riain is: How should we train and why?

In Episode 5 of the Well Workplaces Podcast, Riain Casey drops so many knowledge bombs on all things resistance training and physical wellbeing.

  • Riain shares his journey from Ireland to Australia and his experience in treating people in various lie stages from couch potato, to athletes, corporate and elderly.
  • He shares a story about realising the huge benefits of strength training during University and how he worked with one of Irelands most respected strength and conditioning groups to learn his craft.
  • Riain discusses how resistance training in its basic form can be done by most of us with very little equipment
  • He talks about the top five ingredients for any resistance programs
  • He shares the analogy that resistance training is the best anti-ageing cream going around and all the amazing benefits
  • Riain talks about how in 2020, he has had to adapt and pivot in his Physiotherapy role and how soft skills and exercise prescription have allowed him to navigate telehealth and corporate programmes

This was such a detailed and passionate discussion between Riain and Tom that I think you’ll agree that we should unpack further topics from this man.

To connect with Riain Casey please head across to @the_phit_physio on Instagram and follow his great content and expert tips on all things wellbeing and physical health.

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Social impact and wellbeing insights with YGAP

Social impact and wellbeing insights with Mark Harwood CEO of YGAP

Have you ever considered your why?

At a deep level most of us end up on various career journeys for different reasons. Perhaps we are born into a world where financial success and career progression are expected and a product of our upbringing.

For other people, like Mark Harwood, prioritising wellbeing and connecting with a deeper sense of community is extremely important and fulfilling.

In Episode 3, our inspiring guest Mark Harwood, CEO of YGAP shares his stories on:

  • How he started his role as CEO at YGAP just before the COVID-19 crisis and how the YGAP team have adapted during this challenging time.
  • His career progression from working in a corporate environment at Accenture and changing his path towards working at World Vision and why that was important to him as a person.
  • He shares his passion for how YGAP believes in the power of entrepreneurship and some of the great stories from the First Gens program
  • Mark shares his story on how he ditched his car forever in favour of cycling to commute around the community for his overall wellbeing.

Connect with YGAP at ygap.org and to share a ygift with a colleague or friend and also check out the Well Workplaces ygifts

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

Micro-markets and the future of workplace eating

Micro-markets and the future of workplace eating is here with CEO of Morsl, Karla Borland

Nutrition is the foundation of a great working day.  Do you agree?

In episode 16 of Well Workplaces podcast, Tom Bosna interviews Karla Borland who is the CEO of Morsl.

Karla founded Morsl after working many years working in Finance where she remembered working long hours and having issues with finding healthy snacks at work.

  • Morsl was born out of the vision to create healthy changes through healthy eating.
  • Australia’s first micro-market is high tech and a self-service automated food and drink marketplace that fits within a workplace.
  • Morsl is employee centric with a focus on 80/20 principle to nutrition.

About Karla:

After 17 years in the banking industry, having worked in Sydney, Singapore and Zurich, she left my role as a Director of Credit Suisse and found Morsl in 2018. Morsl offers Australia’s first self-service food and drink market for workplaces.

The idea for Morsl was borne out of a daily frustration of trying to eat healthy in the office. Karla wanted to eat healthy, but was time poor and didn’t have the knowledge to read nutritional labels. She always ended up at the vending machine every afternoon buying a coke and chocolate.

After analysing the market in Australia, realised there was a gap in how corporates provide their staff with access to healthy food options in a way which is integrated and sustainable for employees. Providing staff with seminars on nutrition and cooking classes is a fantastic form of education but our Morsl markets now allow them to put those learnings into practice on a daily basis.

Morsl’s mission is to have a real impact on employee health by improving the eating habits of employees.

Connect with Karla Borland and Morsl http://www.morsl.com.au/

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group.  Our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

The Right to Disconnect with Dr Kristy Goodwin – Digital Wellbeing Expert

Chasing dopamine and the lost art of deep work with Dr Kristy Goodwin

 

 

Are your workplace technology tools making you more productive?  The digital tools that we use in the workplace such as emails, social media platforms and project management software are designed to enhance our output and productivity.  Or at least, that’s how they are sold!  I would argue, that the technology we rely on is reaching peak saturation levels and is now making us more socially isolated, less effective and “dumberer” – see what I did there?

How did that happen?

Do you often end up down a digital rabbit hole wondering how you got there?

Introducing Dr Kristy Goodwin, one of Australia’s leading digital wellbeing and peak performance experts.  Kristy is a researcher, author, speaker and media commentator who provides science-backed solutions to optimise wellbeing and productivity in a digital world.

In this fascinating discussion, Dr Kristy Goodwin, educates us on some of the ways digital wellbeing is impacting our lives and how we can improve our overall wellbeing with some evidence based strategies.  In this episode listen out for Dr Kristy Goodwin’s tips and advice on:

  • Her passion for her ‘why’, her research and why the digital wellbeing message is important to her
  • Remote working and the latest research
  • The neuroscience of multi-tasking
  • Some of the key strategies to improve digital hygiene
  • Future of work – the major need for leaders to drive the communications strategy and message and how organisations can lead healthier teams with some simple strategies

To connect with Dr Kristy Goodwin head across to https://drkristygoodwin.com/ and follow her awesome content on her social media channels – LinkedIn and YouTube. Be sure to download her e-book on Five Digital Productivity Hacks.

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group and our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

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Burnout and how to take a Stress Temperature Check with Samuel Eddy

How to take a stress temperature check with Samuel Eddy, principal consultant and educator

                             

Not all stress is bad, but not all stress is good.  In fact, right there in the middle is a sweet spot for performance and flow.

Our guest, Samuel Eddy, is a principal consultant, educator and speaker on the topic of stress management and resilience.  Samuel has a very interesting discussion with host Tom Bosna, as they both share interesting stories of burnout.  In Episode 4 of the Well Workplaces podcast, our insightful guest, Samuel, educates us on all matters relating to stress:

  • Sam shares his personal story with working in the UK as a corporate many years ago and noticing severe signs and symptoms of severe burnout.
  • His deep understanding on what is stress at a mental and physiological level.
  • Sam introduces the concept of a wellbeing anchor to create mindful living.
  • We talk through the stress temperature check model and gives practical examples of how you can move from the red zone back to green zone.
  • Sharing deep insights into what workplaces can expect over the coming twelve months and what he refers to as resilience shields.
  • Sam shares how leaders, managers and team members can collaborate to create psychological safety and work together to facilitate resilience shields and therefore manage workplace stress.

This was a fascinating discussion with really tangible tips that can be applied today.  So how do you take your stress temperature? Listen to this episode and please check out Samuel Eddy’s website to take his Stress Temperature Questionaire

About us:

Well Workplaces is a movement by Pinnacle Health Group and our vision is for a world where workplaces lead and create healthier communities.  Well Workplaces podcast has been designed to create genuine wellbeing conversations in the workplace and share expert knowledge in practical ways.

Connect with Well Workplaces on LinkedIn or connect with hosts Tom Bosna and Josh Lambert and we would love your feedback so please rate us on Apple podcast so we can be of service to you.

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The 3 benefits of using a standing desk at work

By Tom Bosna – Managing Director

 

When the phrase “sitting is the new smoking” was first referenced in the media it created absolute pandemonium in our Corporate Wellness Centres!

I remember many of our clients attending their Physiotherapy or Myotherapy appointments with sore necks and lower backs wanting quick answers. Our staff were inundated with requests for ergonomic advice, and opinions on the latest craze of the year – standing desks!

“Tom, I watched the news and apparently sitting is the new smoking. My work colleague has a sore back and ordered a standing desk – do you think I need one?” This conversation was had on repeat and continues today.

With influence by reputable employers like Apple endorsing standing desks they really could be onto something. The CEO of Apple Tim Cook has recently commented in an interview about Apple Park “We have given all of our employees, 100%, standing desks. If you can stand for a while, then sit, and so on and so forth, it’s much better for your lifestyle.” Before we take Mr Cook’s word for it – let’s analyse the facts.

The facts

In 2016, Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) ranked 7th on the list of top drivers of global disability. Among those aged 15–49, the top contributors to MSDs included occupational injuries and ergonomic issues in the workplace (HME, 2015).

The impact of these MSDs on productivity, presenteeism and lost time are well documented in occupational health.

With increased demand for knowledge workers influencing workplaces across the world – it is essential that the health of employees is prioritised.

Why does sitting cause lower back pain?

Contrary to the alarmists in the media, and health professionals who have enjoyed their time in the sun on this topic – let me say one thing: there is nothing wrong with sitting.

We sit to enjoy a cup of tea with friends, we sit and watch our children run at the park, we sit down at a nice restaurant and enjoy a glass of wine. Sitting is part of everyday life.

Two words I want you to understand and be aware of: Ischaemic. Pain.

Ischaemic. If I was a gambling man, I bet five dollars that you have heard the word ischaemic heart disease. Ischaemic by definition refers to the deficiency of blood supply to a body part due to the obstruction of inflow of arterial blood. A practical example of this is when you sit at your desk for too long during the day and you feel your lower back tensing and becoming sore. This can be a restriction in blood flow to that area of your body. You stand up, go for a walk and the tension is relieved, and goes away.

Pain. By cognitive association you are no doubt thinking about the last time you hurt a body part. Say the word pain ten times and it sounds like it hurts. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience, associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

A practical example of pain is when you sit at the desk for over 2 hours. You feel your lower back tense and it becomes sore. You feel frustrated, worried and angry that your back is sore. You get up to move but you are still sore. You are ‘so busy’ and take Nurofen to make it better. You return to sitting at your desk and the pain cycle continues.

If you marry ischemic and pain together you are probably sitting on the problem!

Have a look at your colleagues sitting at their desk. Are they stooped forward at their head and neck? Are they hunched over at their mid spine and look tired?

These positions not only look emotionally sad, but they are problematic – especially when held for a prolonged period of time. Blood flow is restricted, movement is stagnant and you not only feel pain, but you can feel trapped in a vicious cycle of inactivity, and struggle to get comfortable.

The rise of the standing desk

I’m sure you have that colleague that plays up and down with the sit stand desk all day. I bet they even count steps on their fitbit, do crossfit and are always up for a chat about how many mindful moments they have completed this week.  

They are so ridiculously happy with themselves aren’t they?

Cutting through this though – in my opinion – the main benefits of using a standing desk or active workstations are very logical.

Productivity  Standing up demands a happier, and more engaged posture. Increased alertness and engagement nets greater productivity than sitting. Simple.

Increased energy levels Standing up will cumulatively improve mood, and will result in greater energy output over time.

Reduce cardiovascular risk One of the risk factors for cardiovascular disease is circumference of the waist. Standing up results in greater oxygen uptake of the employee and more incidental movement. These factors combined can reduce your cardiovascular risk profile.

So should you get a standing desk?

With small and large organisations making significant investment into active workstations, break out spaces and ergonomic furnishings – this is the time to ‘stand up’, and invest in you.

Tom is the Director of Pinnacle Health Group Australia & Movement Concept Advisor for the International WELL Building standards Institute.

Are you practising wellness in the workplace?

Wellness in the workplace is crucial in establishing a productive and dynamic environment. At Pinnacle Health Group, we aim to inspire a healthier workplace by encouraging busy Australians to take control of their health and wellbeing.

From encouraging more standing time in the office to practicing weekly meditation, our wellness experts can guide your team or organisation on wellbeing options you can implement in the workplace today. For more information, fill out our workplace wellness enquiry form and one of our experts will be happy to assist you further.