Engagement and Culture

People leaders share their expert advice for managing mental health in a remote environment

Tips straight from the experts.
October 10, 2022
Oyster Team
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One of best things about the New World of Work podcast is that it gives us firsthand insight into the minds of trailblazing People Ops leaders who deal with complex issues on a global scale. When guests come on the show, they tell us about their perspectives on things like implementing diverse hiring practices, rethinking office spaces, establishing processes as a fully remote team, and more. 

A theme that’s come up time and again on the podcast is mental health. Whether our guests are coming from remote, hybrid, or fully distributed workforces, one thing is certain: the ways in which we work have changed drastically over the past few years, and looking out for the mental health of our teammates is more important than ever.

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite New World of Work podcast episodes that can help People leaders like you best support your remote or distributed teams. Have a listen below!

Why balance is the new hustle with Mai Ton

In this episode, we explore some of the reasons why so many people continue to romanticize hustle culture, despite its obvious negative consequences. Our host, Rhys, sits down with the former Chief People Officer at Kickstarter and current Chief People Officer at Fabric, Mai Ton, to discuss strategies for building a well-rounded identity outside of your career, and why this is important for overall mental health and peace of mind.

Fostering connection, culture, and camaraderie through ritual building with Jess Johannson

A remote working environment comes with multiple perks like convenience, flexibility and enjoying all the comforts of home, but it also presents its own unique set of challenges. For example, remote teams may find it more difficult to form genuine connections and build trust with their colleagues—which is an important part of feeling happy and psychologically safe at work. In this episode, Rhys sits down with Jess Johannson, the Chief People Officer at Tucows, to explore how to bring a team together despite physical barriers.

Connection through conflict with Kimberly Bringas

Conflict at work can take a huge toll on your mental wellbeing. In this episode of New World of Work, Rhys sits down with Kimberly Bringas, Leadership Development Partner Lead at Drizly, to discuss the best ways to approach difficult conversations and conflicts while working remotely. In her role, Kimberly works with leadership to identify development opportunities as their teams scale, and coaches leadership on their pain points and growth opportunities.

360-degree people care: Holistic benefits in the post-pandemic era with Jack Mardack and Ricky Turner

Employees have new expectations, and the companies who hope to attract and retain top talent need to keep up with the changes. In this special panel episode, Rhys sits down with two guests: Ricky Turner, Director of Employee Relations at Facebook, and Jack Mardack, Co-Founder of Oyster, to discuss this issue from a modern PeopleOps perspective. Rhys, Ricky, and Jack explore how benefits plans—and employee support resources as a whole—have evolved since the pandemic first began, and why it’s more important than ever that organizations listen to their employees. 

Interested in hearing more perspectives on the New World of Work podcast? Subscribe here on your streaming platform of choice!

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