Podcast: The Unique Impact the Pandemic Has Had on Female Employees’ Wellbeing and What Employers Can do About it

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Wherever you are on your workplace wellbeing journey, it’s worth taking 15 minutes to tune in to this podcast with Jane Miller, President and Chief Operating Officer at Gallup.

She talks about the steps organisations can take to help individuals to thrive and reflects on the positive impact Gallup’s own approach to workplace wellbeing is having. In particular she highlights the importance of ensuring employees have a right fit for their job and that they can use their strengths to make their job work.

Jane also shares thoughts on the unique impact the pandemic has had on female employees and the role colleagues can play as effective allies of women in the workplace.

My highlight quotes from the podcast include:

“Wellbeing is a significant component to any strong culture. It’s a foundational element. It impacts how a person shows up at home, how they show up at work — and really, it’s about their capacity for what they can accomplish every single day.”

“When people are working to their strengths, they’re more productive, much more successful and therefore thriving”.

“As an aggregate in our strengths finder, women have empathy, so they are more likely to feel things that feel dismissive or disrespectful. So we really have to think about how that plays into their purpose, their passion and the outcomes of their job”.

“Women do not feel that their opinions count as much as men. I think they [men] need to listen more, be intent on queuing into things and carry those voices a bit further”.

“There is still too much debate around remote and hybrid. The reality is it works in most companies if you have the metrics, performance and great management, Companies need to get on the bandwagon”.

What do you think?

About the author

Claire Farrow is the Global Director of Content and Programming for www.makeadifference.media the annual MAD World Summit and The Watercooler. She’s on a mission to help every employer – large, medium and small – get the insight, inspiration and contacts they need to make real impact on workplace culture, mental health and wellbeing in their organisation. She has been freelance for more than 15 years. During that time, she has had the honour of working with many leading publishers, including the New York Times.


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