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Stepsero is a Podcast focusing on mental health in the modern workplace. Our aim is to provide professionals and organizations with informative content about mental health at work, including its influence on productivity, organizational design, employee motivation and management style.

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Stepsero is a Podcast focusing on mental health in the modern workplace. Our aim is to provide professionals and organizations with informative content about mental health at work, including its influence on productivity, organizational design, employee motivation and management style.

    #44: A chat with Rob Stephenson, CEO at FormScore

    #44: A chat with Rob Stephenson, CEO at FormScore

    A Chat with Rob Stephenson, CEO at FormScore: Episode Notes

    In this episode we are joined by Rob Stephenson, CEO and Founder at FormScore. Rob is not only a phenomenal entrepreneur, but is also a very inspiring human being, set to build a well-being movement backed by technology. 



    During our conversation we talk about the struggle of dealing with bi-polar disorder, as well Rob’s plans for FormScore. Here are a few takeaways: 



    Bi-polar disorder is characterized by extremes of mood. People affected by this condition may jump from depression to mania. While depression may have individuals feel like they are in a lethargic state, manic episodes could lead them to take irrational decisions and take huge risks, among other things.

    Sometimes, Rob sees his own condition as a superpower, as it leads to moments of great creativity inspiration. Unfortunately, these usually come at a cost. Being open about his own situation has helped him a great deal.

    FormScore is first and foremost a movement to help people become more intentional about their mental well-being, and help them facilitate peer support with people they care about.

    To have a blend of different people in your FormScore circle may help generate enough resilience to deal with whatever life throws in your direction.

    FormScore can be very effective for companies to aggregate insights at a team level, and therefore identify mental well-being trends in real time.



    Our Guest: Rob Stephenson





    Rob Stephenson is an international keynote speaker, campaigner and wellbeing consultant who is on a mission to help create happier, healthier and higher performing workplaces. He experiences bipolar disorder personally. Rob is the founder of InsideOut, a social enterprise with the mission of smashing the stigma of mental ill-health in the workplace by showcasing senior leader role models with lived experiences of mental ill-health. This is done by virtue of a published annual list – The InsideOut LeaderBoard. 



    As a consultant, Rob works with Boards and senior leadership teams on the design and implementation of an integrated wellbeing strategy.

    Rob is the CEO of FormScore, a revolutionary technology start up helping people to monitor their mental health using a score out of ten with a mobile app to help friends, family and colleagues support each other.

    Rob is co-founder of the InsideOut Awards and G24, the world’s first global 24-hour mental health summit. In his keynote talks, Rob inspires audiences to think differently about mental health and wellbeing.

    References:

    Rob Stephenson Linkedin profile

    www.formscore.today



    www.inside-out.org





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    #43: Positive thinking with Tia Graham

    #43: Positive thinking with Tia Graham

    Positive thinking with Tia Graham: Episode Notes

    In this episode of the Stepsero podcast we discuss positive psychology and happiness at work with Tia Graham. Tia has helped numerous organizations by increasing employee happiness and morale, and has provided many leaders with tools and strategies based on the science of happiness and neuroscience. Here are a few takeaways from our chat:Simply put, Positivity is about focus. People who are affected by a negative event can react very differently based on what they decide to focus on.For positive thinking to work effectively, focus needs to be followed by action. While you are going to attract a lot more positive energy by focusing on positive thoughts, you will eventually need to put in the right amount of effort in order to improve your situation.Our genetics and our life circumstances affect our way of thinking, but that is not all of it. Our daily choices, in fact, might make a greater difference than we think, including rewiring our brains for the better. Exercising, eating healthy food, sleeping a reasonable amount of hours, among many other things, are only one choice away.Happiness is a personal journey and we don't all start on an equal level. However, anyone can increase their happiness. For Tia, happiness comes from helping others and limiting their suffering.

    Our Guest: Tia Graham



    Tia Graham is the Founder of Arrive At Happy and a Chief Happiness Officer. She has worked with dozens of global companies such as Goldman Sachs, Hilton Hotels and Kashi to elevate engagement, sales, and drive bottom line results. With multiple certifications in neuroscience, positive psychology, leadership coaching, and employee morale she has supported leaders for five years at Arrive At Happy. Tia is also the host of the Arrive At Happy leaders show available on Spotify and iTunes. Prior to running aah!, she led sales & marketing teams at luxury hotels in the United States and Turkey for brands such as W Hotels, Westin, and The London. She has a Business Degree in Tourism from The University of Hawaii. She is widely regarded by the corporate happiness community and is a speaker at the annual World Happiness Summit. Her insights have been featured in national publications like Forbes, The Los Angeles Times, Well + Good, and Yoga Journal. As a Certified Chief Happiness Officer, she helps C-Suite Executives drive productivity and results through utilizing her evidence-based AAH Business Growth Program.References:Tia Graham Linkedin profilewww.arriveathappy.com



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    #42: Dr. Böttiger and Taxfix back on Stepsero

    #42: Dr. Böttiger and Taxfix back on Stepsero

    Dr. Böttiger and Taxfix back on Stepsero: Episode Notes

    In this episode we share a success story featuring two former guests of the Stepsero podcast: Neuroscientist Dr. Caroline Boettiger (founder of Mitte Institut) and Marie Bosseur Dit Toby, Head of People at Taxfix.Thanks to their appearance on Stepsero, Taxfix and Dr. Boettiger and her team from Mitte Institut embarked on a fruitful collaboration aimed at combining bottom-up and top-down approaches to mental well-being at work.Below are a few highlights:Burnout develops over three main stages: overexcitement/over engagement, resistance, and exhaustion.Taxfix operates in a very open minded environment, where conversations about mental well-being are not only welcome, but encouraged. Because of this, Dr. Boettiger quickly became sort of an extension of the TaxFix workforce.Burnout has severe impact on employees, that is why it is important for managers to be adequately prepared. For such reasons, it might make sense for leaders to take on a coaching approach, while leaning on a psychotherapy expert for questions related to mental health.Taxfix has implemented a culture based on what they call “effectiveness and fun”. Based on this, individuals are allowed to privilege long term success rather than short-term gain and are encouraged to take advantage of down-times whenever necessary.

    Our Guests: Caroline Böttiger & Marie Bosseur Dit Toby





    Dr. Caroline Böttiger holds a PhD in Neuroscience and works as a psychotherapist and business coach in her office "Das Mitte Institut" in Berlin. She also runs the online platform "emotional-mind" for improving mental health through holistic approaches such as online courses and webinars.In 2019 she published the book "Das Hungertier in Dir" about emotional eating and the connection between mental and physical health. Being an expert in mental health, burnout, leadership, team building and psychological safe communication skills, she provides workshops and coaching for multiple companies in Germany and Europe.Marie Bosseur Dit Toby: Currently Head of People & Organisation at Taxfix - a 100 million euro funded start-up based in Berlin, Marie previously served in various international HR and change management roles in large global corporates such as Danone as well as hypergrowth fintech start-ups.Her passion is to make people, hence businesses thrive. She believes that de-tabooing the topic of mental health in the workplace would enable a more holistic and balanced approach towards work and life which would in return empower people to be at their best.References:Dr Caroline Böttiger Linkedin profileMarie Bosseur Dit Toby Linkedin profilewww.mitte-institut.deAbout Taxfix 



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    #41: A chat with Selfapy’s CEO, Nora Blum

    #41: A chat with Selfapy’s CEO, Nora Blum

    A chat with Selfapy's CEO, Nora Blum: Episode Notes

    In this episode of the Stepsero podcast we enjoy a laid back conversation with Nora Blum, CEO and founder at Selfapy, a well-known digital platform for self-help against depression. We kick off our discussion with a few considerations on self-isolation, namely one of the many negative effects caused by the current Covid-19 pandemic. We then move onto Nora's personal take on the new normal, and conclude with future plans for Selfapy.Below are a few highlights:The lack of social interactions, combined with the anxiety given by the spread of the virus, has caused more and more people to experience a higher degree of loneliness compared to the past.It is becoming increasingly difficult for employees to establish a structured work-life routine, and employers are quickly realizing how much of a problem this is.In times like these, it is highly recommended to try and maintain social connections. One great solution is to go for regular walks, while keeping a safe distance from others. Other than this, engaging in physical exercise can truly make a difference.For Nora, establishing a good morning routine is a great step towards better self-care (although not an easy one). After work walks and short (5-10 minutes) meditation sessions can do wonders!One practical solution that helps her take a break in the evening is to make use of softwares that help regulate access to work-related programs on her phone.Since December 2020, Selfapy is the first depression program in Germany to be fully reimbursed by all health insurances.In the future, Nora hopes to achieve the same for their programs related to anxiety, panic disorders and burnout.

    Our Guest: Nora Blum



    Nora Blum (29) is CEO and founder of Selfapy. She studied psychology at the University of Cambridge and has already worked in various clinical settings (e.g. UKE-Klinikum Psychiatrie in Hamburg). She then switched to the world of business and worked for Rocket Internet in corporate development. Already during her studies, the desire arose to provide accessible help for people with mental illnesses through online programmes. Nora is from Hamburg and comes from a family of psychotherapists. She has long been committed to reducing the stigma around the topic of depression. In 2017, she made it onto Forbes' 30 Under 30 list.References:Nora Blum Linkedin profilewww.selfapy.com



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    #40: People well-being at Raisin

    #40: People well-being at Raisin

    The positive effects of a career change: Episode Notes

    In this episode we discuss employee well-being with Raisin’s Head of Learning and Development, Maja Bazan. Raisin is a well-known deposit marketplace, with a network of over ninety partner banks. Maja’s interest in mental well-being has grown further thanks to her experience with individual coaching, which opened many opportunities for her own career development. Below are a few points that we had the chance to cover during our interview: With the Covid-19 pandemic and the consequent lockdowns, Learning and Development professionals need to find new ways to deliver impactful training and maintain a healthy level of engagement. This may include learning (and promoting) new tools.At Raisin, People leaders have conducted various surveys for employee satisfaction. On top of that, they have also brought about so-called “happiness discussions”, where employees can express any concern and offer suggestions for improvement.At Raisin, developing leadership management skills is a key priority. After all, while team leads need to focus on improving their own team’s performance, they also bear a social responsibility to support employees' overall well-being (including their families’).Managers at Raisin pay particular attention to the concept of agile leadership. An agile mindset helps stakeholders be vulnerable, listen openly, and adjust themselves to ever-changing circumstances.Among many useful initiatives, Raisin strives to make meetings more effective by establishing clear guidelines around length, stakeholder involvement and meeting agendas (among others). On regular occasions, leaders promote “no meeting” days to allow employees to prioritize their work accordingly.The main goal of Raisin’s female empowerment forum is to support women in growing both personally and professionally. This may help them develop into leadership positions and the more tech-driven sides of the organization

    Our Guest: Maja Bazan



    Since childhood, Maja knew that she wanted to work in an international environment. Thanks to her family she was exposed to the travel and freight industry. She was always curious about cross-cultural collaboration. People’s behaviour and motivation always encouraged her to explore more. Maja’s mission is to develop business through people’s growth, she combines two educational paths that gave her a solid background in her HR career - MSc in International Relations and Postgraduate Studies in Modern HR Management. A turning point in her career was when she participated in coaching sessions. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to pursue a diploma in that field in order to help people in discovering their purpose and strengths. She has 10+ years of experience in HR, all processes from hire to retire. Currently, she nurtures talents at Raisin, a German FinTech company, as the Head of Learning and Development. She is also still actively supporting people’s growth as a life and business coach. In everyday work, she sees herself as a gardener who takes care of people’s growth. Her optimistic approach to life helps her to survive through difficult times.References:Maja Bazan Linkedin profilewww.raisin.com



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    #39: AI and mental health

    #39: AI and mental health

    AI and mental health: Episode Notes

    In this episode of Stepsero we speak about AI and its application to mental health. Our guests, George and Amir, are part of The Data Analysis Bureau, a UK-based data science agency that has recently developed a virtual AI assistant tool called SAM. Below are a few highlights from our conversation:The recent lockdown has forced people to pay closer attention to mental health and its complexity. The same goes for organizations who need to find ways to engage their employees remotely.Overall, employees are still not fully comfortable with being totally transparent, as the stigma surrounding mental health is still very much present. At the same time, the lockdown made it more difficult to speak to a confidant, or develop a close network of people with whom to share any personal concern.With the development of their platform SAM, The Data Analysis Bureau wants to put AI at the service of mental health.On one hand, their AI-powered chatbot is a great solution for employees to share private thoughts and get immediate access to useful suggestions and information. On the other hand, SAM allows companies to monitor anonymous insights and highlight areas where groups of people may need support.While an AI platform isn’t the solution to everything, it is definitely enough to start a discussion around mental health. As a matter of fact, SAM allows people to understand more about a specific problem so that they can take the necessary steps.Ultimately, George and Amir wish for companies all over the world to reach a point where having a conversation around mental health at work becomes the norm, rather than the exception.

    Our Guests: Amir Bhatti & George Hancock





    Amir leads the mental wellbeing offering at T-DAB, who have leveraged their AI and machine learning capabilities to help teams monitor mental wellbeing in their workplace and support their employees. Outside of this, he is a bodybuilding competitor and qualified nutritionist and fitness coach, strongly advocating physical health and self-care as a crucial step towards attaining overall quality mental wellbeing.Naturally curious, George is a business technologist and leads business development at The Data Analysis Bureau to help businesses understand the impact of technology and solve problems with AI and machine learning. As an avid outdoorsman, George is very active with fitness, sports and self-care being a focal point in his day to day (as much as possible anyway with lockdown measures).References:Amir Bhatti Linkedin profileGeorge Hancock Linkedin profilewww.t-dab.com 



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