Podcast Episodes for HR and Wellness Pros

Human resources (HR) and well-being professionals play important roles in developing a plan for fostering a culture of well-being at the organizational level.  their organization.

There are a number of episodes of special importance to HR and well-being professionals:

  • Key Concepts in Fostering a Culture of Well-being
  • Fostering Well-being Values
  • Aligning Cultural Touch Points
  • Fostering a Supportive Social Climate 
  • Cultural Support for Purpose

Core Course: Managers and Wellness Committee Members

HealthyCultureNow leadership training empowers managers and wellness committee members to:

  1. Share the well-being vision
  2. Serve as role models
  3. Align policies and practices with well-being
  4. Use well-being to improve morale
  5. Develop a plan for their workgroup
  6. Track and celebrate success

$95 per participant.

Order Now

The series were written by Judd Allen, Ph.D. and produced by Jake Hargrove. The music was composed and performed by Povel Popov. Episodes are narrated by: 

Richard Safeer, MD, FACLM, FAAFP, FACPM, Chief Medical Director, Employee Health and Well-being at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Ewa Stelmasiak, MS, MSc, Founder, The Wellness Institute

Judd Allen, Ph.D., President, Human Resources Institute, LLC

Glen Caswell

How to Create a Well-being Culture in Your Home

This training is for people who share their homes. It teaches seven skills for creating a supportive cultural environment at home:

  1. Discuss Personal Well-being Goals
  2. Tell a Household Well-being Story
  3. Create a Supportive Physical Environment
  4. Adopt Healthy Norms and Traditions
  5. Create a Well-being Learning Community
  6. Strengthen Household Relationships
  7. Foster a Healthy Social Atmosphere

The training utilizes video presentations (41 minutes total) with audio podcasts (35 minutes total). The training lasts 8 weeks. Participants should budget 45 minutes each week to complete the training.  Each training unit includes a self-assessment that consolidates practical steps associated with key concepts.

This training is based on the following books by Judd Allen, PhD: Bringing Wellness Home, Kitchen Table Talks for Wellness, and A Family Guide to Wellness.

$29.00 USD

Order Now

Key Concepts 

This series teaches how to define a culture of well-being, explain why it is important, and develop a culture-change plan. The series also explains how to conduct a cultural analysis and how the cultural approach to well-being addresses shortcomings in existing well-being programs.   

Play Episodes

  1. The Role of Human Resources Professionals, Benefits Managers and Wellness Program Managers in Creating a Culture of Wellbeing
  2. Creating a Community Well-being Directory
  3. Cultural Support Quiz
  4. Establishing Well-being Norms
  5. Supporting Sub-cultures
  6. Conducting a Cultural Analysis
  7. The Evolution to Well-being: Why are we constantly rebranding our work?
  8. The Role of HR Professionals 
  9. Senior Leadership Support for Wellbeing

Fostering Well-being Values 

This series explains strategies for establishing well-being as a primary cultural value. It defines cultural values and their relationship to other cultural dimensions such as norms and touch points. The goal is make the commitment to well-being real by embedding it in the culture.

Human resources and well-being professionals need to be able to make the case for well-being. It is important to identify a benefits list that will resonate with your audiences. It is also important to show that such a commitment is not superficial but has practical implications. This is not just “lip service.” Cultural support for well-being will help people achieve their personal goals.

Play Episodes

  1. Closing the Norm Gap
  2. Defining Cultural Values and Well-being
  3. Making the Pitch for Well-being
  4. Making Well-being a Shared Value
  5. Shifting Attitudes One Circle at a Time
  6. Walking the Talk

Aligning Cultural Touch Point Series

This series is for executives, managers and members of wellness committees/task forces seeking to bring about sustained culture change within their organizations. Many formal and informal policies and practices, also known as "cultural touch points," influence well-being values and behavior. Rewards, training and communication are some of the most obvious cultural touch points. This series introduces 14 primary cultural touch points and recommends strategies for aligning them with well-being. 

 Play Episodes

  1. Series Overview: Aligning Cultural Touch Points
  2. Learning and Training
  3. Role Modeling
  4. Rewards and Recognition
  5. Push Back
  6. Traditions
  7. Communication
  8. Relationship Development
  9. Resource Commitment
  10. The Built Environment
  11. Onboarding
  12. Story and Narrative
  13. Roles and Responsibilities
  14. Goal Setting and Planning
  15. Laws and Policies

Social Climate Series

Social climate is also known as engagement, morale and teamwork. Three climate factors ─ a sense of community, a shared vision, and a positive outlook ─ contribute to both individual well-being and to important organizational indicators such as customer service, innovation, employee engagement, and teamwork. Where they are noticeably absent and people don’t get along, well-being suffers and productivity slows. This series defines each social climate element and recommends strategies for improving the work atmosphere. 

Total listening time: 27 minutes 

The concepts featured in this training are based on over thirty years of research and work by Robert Allen, PhD and Judd Allen, PhD.

Play Episodes 

  1. Series Overview: Fostering a Supportive Social Climate
  2. The History of the Social Climate Concept
  3. Fostering a Sense of Community
  4. Fostering a Shared Vision
  5. Fostering a Positive Outlook

Strategies for Supporting Personal Purpose

We want our lives to matter. A sense of personal purpose is important to both individual health and to work performance. Our purposes include such endeavors as artistic expression, connecting to social groups, work, volunteering, religion and family. This series features field-tested initiatives that have been used by organizations to support a sense of purpose. You can select those approaches to purpose that are well suited to your workgroup.

Each episode describes an opportunity to support purpose at work. The goal is to select a few actions that are a good fit for your workgroup.

This series is based on the book, Leading for Purpose: How to Help Your People and Organization Benefit from the Pursuit of Purpose, by Judd Allen, Ph.D. and Donald B. Ardell, Ph.D.

Play Episodes 

  1. Overview: Cultural Support for Purpose Series
  2. Provide Regular Feedback
  3. Create a System for Peers to Honor One Another’s Efforts
  4. Involve People in the Decisions that Affect Them
  5. Set Challenging Goals for Individuals, Groups and the Organization
  6. Follow Through on Current Goals Before Taking on New Ones
  7. Help People See the Fruit of Their Efforts
  8. Build Legacies
  9. Limit Interruptions
  10. Support Professional Development
  11. Support Reflection and Centering
  12. Help Make Sense of Disruptive or Unexpected Events
  13. Engage Neglected or Forgotten Stakeholders
  14. Write or Update the Mission, Vision and Values Statements
  15. Offer a Compelling Story
  16. Connect to Future Generations
  17. Support Nature and Sustainability
  18. Champion a Cause or Take a Principled Stand
  19. Support well-being
  20. Encourage Mutual-interest Groups
  21. Encourage Creative Expression
  22. Develop Win-win Solutions to Resolve Conflicts
  23. Maintain Economic Transparency
  24. Recognize Non-financial Compensation
  25. Tailor Benefits to Individual Purpose
  26. Promote Work-life Balance