Editor’s introduction for 9 July newsletter

This week Heather is on holiday so I’m stepping back into the Online Editor’s shoes. Over the past three months, when we’ve all been grappling with the upheaval caused by Covid-19, we’ve highlighted in Make A Difference News some of the most progressive leaders and companies supporting employee wellbeing globally today.

One such leader is Starbucks’ Jonny Jacobs. In our exclusive interview Jonny reveals the source of his positive energy, his secret for engaging stakeholders with the mental health and wellbeing agenda and his tips on leading with empathy as we navigate our way out of the pandemic.

Next up, with millions experiencing high levels of work change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, we interview Ann McCracken about her company’s work helping employers to fulfill their legal duty to protect colleagues with a stress and wellbeing risk assessment.

And Laura Hearn, BBC journalist and founder of mental health platform Jiggsy shares her personal thoughts and tips on navigating the unexpected.

We also take a look at Kooth Work’s newly launched online Mental Health Calculator that helps employers to understand the impact of Covid-19 on employees’ mental health. And Nina Tomaro, from US workplace mental health non-profit Mind Share Partners, highlights 3 ways in which we should be thinking about mental health and DEI (Diversity, Equality and Inclusion) in our workplaces.

Wrapping up, reflecting on what has been an extraordinary few months, we showcase the 5 most read articles that we’ve published since the pandemic took hold. Which have you found the most inspiring and useful? 

We hope you find this week’s issue enjoyable and valuable!                                                                             

Warm wishes, 

Claire Farrow                                                                                                                                                            Partner & Global Head of Content, MAD World and Make a Difference News  



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