Wellbeing Newsletter – May 2021

Wellbeing Insights: Keys to Hybrid Work Success, Preparing pets for Return to Work, and More

When it comes to wellbeing, employers often find themselves challenged by how to approach a shift from a traditional wellness model to a comprehensive and holistic program that supports the whole person. Below you’ll find this week’s curated list of wellbeing resources. Feel free to share these resources, as appropriate, with your team. Have a safe and healthy May! 

Career Wellbeing

  • More Than Work: Finding Focus in the Digital Age – Do you find yourself having trouble focusing on your work? Do you find it exhausting trying to deal with constant interruptions and distractions? You’re hardly alone, especially now that many of us are working from home amid our partners, children, roommates and pets. 
  • Developing a ‘Scout’ Mindset – Why do two people look at the exact same circumstances and form two completely different opinions about what’s going on? Not only that, but why are those people often willing to defend their perspective to the very end, often causing tremendous misunderstanding and conflict? This is important to understand if we want to have effective collaboration.

Employer Focused Wellbeing

  • Evading Engaged Exhaustion with Rachel Druckenmiller – The mental-health toll that COVID-19 is taking on our employees—and ourselves—is beyond compare. In this episode, leading keynote speaker Rachel Druckenmiller shares practical tips for recognizing burnout, supporting the emotional needs of those under our leadership, and nurturing a sense of belonging in a virtual workspace.
  • What Research Says About How to Make Hybrid Work Succeed – Surveys show clearly that a large majority of office workers are in favor of hybrid work approaches post pandemic.  Most organizations now seem to be heading in that direction as well.  Nicholas Bloom, a professor of economics at Stanford, who has been studying remote work for years weighs in on how to set your organization up for success. 
  • Mastering Employee Engagement – Join Navigate Wellbeing and Jeremy Pietrocini, Senior Consultant and Executive Coach from Gallup, to discuss how you can use wellbeing initiatives to positively impact culture.  April 27th at 1 PM ET. 

Social & Family Wellbeing

  • The Top Parenting Books of the Past Year – For a lot of families, parenting has never been harder than it was this year.  These book favorites from the Greater Good Science Center (UC Berkeley) offer science-based practical tips and sample scripts to help you communicate better with your children, build closer relationships, and set them up for happiness and resilience in life.
  • The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now – From true-crime series to Oscar-winning movies, Netflix has gone all in on nonfiction filmmaking. Here are the ones to watch!

Financial Wellbeing

  • 19 Cable Alternatives to Save You Money in 2021 –Cable television is expensive. The average monthly price for cable TV is about $217 a month.  One of the best ways to free up extra cash is to cut the cable cord.  Thankfully, there are plenty of cheaper cable alternatives out there (some are even free!). And if you make the switch, chances are you won’t even miss it.

Physical Wellbeing

  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Mindful Eating – Mindful eating is about putting aside the many distractions and really focusing on yourself now.  A mindful approach to eating can help to reduce overeating, increase better digestion, and elevate your enjoyment with your meals, resulting in an increase in better mental and physical health overall. Here is a step-by-step guide to mindful eating.
  • High Power Breakfast Ideas by an Integrative Dietician – In this 1-minute YouTube video, Integrative Dietician, Esther Blum, shares some incredible high-power breakfasts that can help you lose weight, stimulate fat loss, and control your cravings and your appetite. 

Emotional Wellbeing

Community Wellbeing

  • Eight New Environmental Documentaries to Watch for Climate and Environmental Awareness – Recent years have seen the release of several award-winning films, focusing on the issues threatening our natural environment, from the bottoms of the oceans to the very soil we walk upon. With Earth Day taking place in the month of April, National Geographic suggests a selection of the best documentaries to watch for climate and environmental awareness. 

5 Tips for Mastering the Virtual Walking Meeting to Boost Your Productivity 

It’s safe to say that the majority of folks aren’t super passionate about attending a large amount of work meetings. While meetings are often both necessary and helpful for effectively securing a desired result, they often are not generally the high point of anyone’s day or something anyone looks forward to attending.


Is Post-Traumatic Growth a Thing? Psychs Weigh In on the Potential Positive Effect of Life in Lockdown

Post-traumatic growth is a phenomenon that basically gives credence to the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” The experience is characterized by traumatic events resulting in positive changes for individuals, and according to new research, folks exiting the pandemic are experiencing it.

Surprising Way To Make Your Veggies Taste 10x Better, From An Award-Winning Chef 

You probably already know that even the same type of vegetable can deliver a slightly skewed flavor profile. Example: Ever had a crunchy, flavorful, almost juicy carrot, as opposed to a bland one that feels chalky and bone-dry? It’s like you can taste the flavonoids and nutrients in the former, while the latter simply, well, lacks luster. 

If you have questions on how to think strategically about improving the wellbeing of your employees, please contact your Barkley advisor or fill out the inquiry form above.