11 episodes

A Place to Thrive is the podcast that gives you honest, practical advice to help you create healthier, happier workplaces. Hosted by Jo Hooper and Jo Hall, you’ll get inspiring guests (not just the usual talking heads), deep dive discussions and your questions answered.

https://madandsadclub.co.uk/podcast

A Place To Thrive A Place To Thrive

    • Business
    • 5.0, 10 Ratings

A Place to Thrive is the podcast that gives you honest, practical advice to help you create healthier, happier workplaces. Hosted by Jo Hooper and Jo Hall, you’ll get inspiring guests (not just the usual talking heads), deep dive discussions and your questions answered.

https://madandsadclub.co.uk/podcast

    Episode 10 - Struggles and success tactics when working flexibly or for yourself

    Episode 10 - Struggles and success tactics when working flexibly or for yourself

    Creating a happy and healthy workplace is hard in an organisation, but arguably even more difficult when you don’t work a ‘traditional 9-5.’ In the final episode of season one, we wanted to hear from people who work for themselves or work flexibly and how they look after themselves while doing so.

    Listen in to hear our experiences, struggles and winning advice for getting the most out of being the boss of your own time and mind.

    While this is the last official episode of Season 1, don’t fear, we’ll be back in your ears with Season 2 in early 2020.


    Meanwhile, if you’d like to connect or work with either of us or our wonderful guests on this episode here’s how you can find us:

    Martin Fitzpatrick - Internal Communication Business Partner https://www.linkedin.com/in/martin-fitzpatrick/
    Jack Ladenburg - Photographer https://www.jackladenburg.com/
    Abby Monroe - Artist Maker https://www.abbymonroe.co.uk/
    Ed Coke - Reputation Expert http://www.repute.associates/

    Jo Hooper https://madandsadclub.co.uk https://www.linkedin.com/in/johooper/
    Jo Hall https://www.afireconsulting.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-hall-afire/

    Huge thanks to our Producer Alex from This Is Distorted https://www.thisisdistorted.com/

    • 44 min
    Episode 9 - Have employee engagement surveys had their day?

    Episode 9 - Have employee engagement surveys had their day?

    Is it time to ditch the employee engagement survey forever in favour of other employee feedback approaches? We discuss this rather controversial question and answer a listener’s call for advice on how best to run an employee survey and do it for free! As ever, we fill your ears with our opinions, experience, survey watch-outs, tips and practical advice too.

    If you’d like to have your workplace culture or wellbeing question answered on a future episode, then please send it to us here: https://forms.gle/pXgU1tNARVDT3JX38

    We’d love for you to leave us a rating and share your feedback on ‘A Place to Thrive’ especially as we’re in the midst of planning Season 2’s content.


    Do connect with us:
    Jo Hooper is @madandsadclub on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/johooper/ on LinkedIn
    Jo Hall is @afire_jo on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-hall-afire/ on LinkedIn

    If you’d like to work with either of us or find out what we do take a look here:
    https://www.afireconsulting.com
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk

    • 18 min
    Episode 8 - The human cost of measurement

    Episode 8 - The human cost of measurement

    Ever gathered feedback only to be disappointed or utterly dismayed by the comments? This episode explores the topic of measurement in all its guises, the impact it has on our mental health and confidence and what we can do about it to manage it (and our minds) effectively in the workplace. Don’t be put off by the perceived dry topic - you should know by now that our podcast chat is most definitely not dull!


    We give you advice on how to manage your mind when it comes to feedback. We share our top tips and approaches to effective measurement, even tackling perceived difficult to measure campaigns like organisational culture change. We share a simple, human framework and confidence-boosting advice to help you finally embrace and benefit from measuring what you do effectively.


    The freebies we mention in the show!
    The essential measurement workbook: https://www.poppulo.com/resources/the-essential-ic-measurement-workbook/
    Measurement webinar: https://www.poppulo.com/resources/7-practical-steps-for-successful-ic-measurement/
    Guide to communicating mental health in the workplace:
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk/how-to-take-a-strategic-approach-to-mental-health-comms/


    Jo Hall partners with the Institute of Internal Communication and runs measurement courses on their behalf. Look for upcoming dates here: https://www.ioic.org.uk/professional-development/ioic-training/training-courses


    We’d love for you to leave us a rating and share your feedback on ‘A Place to Thrive’ especially as we’re in the midst of planning Season 2’s content. Even better … share this podcast with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit! Share the love so others can thrive.


    If you’d like to work with either of us or find out what we do take a look here:


    https://www.afireconsulting.com
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk

    • 25 min
    Episode 7 - Suicide, Saying ‘No’ & Taking a Break - PDSA’s Wellbeing Story

    Episode 7 - Suicide, Saying ‘No’ & Taking a Break - PDSA’s Wellbeing Story

    In this emotive and insightful episode we talk to Jamie Angus, Internal Communication Manager, and Kate Cavanagh, a Vet, at PDSA the UK’s leading vet charity.


    We hear about the harsh realities facing the veterinary profession and how a human, low-cost approach has really been making a positive difference to their wellbeing. We talk about suicide, perfectionism, goal setting, saying ‘No’ and the unintended consequences of focusing on wellbeing at work. We discuss the compelling reasons for having a holistic wellbeing strategy and the correlation between an organisation’s clarity and values and levels of employee wellness.


    It’s an episode jam-packed full of great conversation and, as ever, our guests share some superb insights and practical advice on managing health holistically at work both from an employer and employee perspective.


    We’d love for you to leave us a rating and share your feedback on ‘A Place to Thrive’ especially as we’re in the midst of planning Season 2’s content.


    Do connect with us:
    Jo Hooper is @madandsadclub on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/johooper/ on LinkedIn
    Jo Hall is @afire_jo on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-hall-afire/ on LinkedIn

    Or send us your questions and feature in a future episode: https://forms.gle/pXgU1tNARVDT3JX38

    If you’d like to work with either of us or find out what we do take a look here:
    https://www.afireconsulting.com
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk

    • 54 min
    Episode 6 - How to make work full of purpose and meaning

    Episode 6 - How to make work full of purpose and meaning

    In this 15-minute advice episode, we explore the wondrous topic of creating and finding purpose and meaning at work.

    We delve into how leaders can define a corporate purpose that is energising and meaningful and resonates with their employees. We even answer the controversial question of whether an organisation should have a corporate purpose or not.

    As is the norm for ‘A Place to Thrive’, we share practical advice that anyone can implement. Finding meaning in your work can have a huge impact on your mental health and self-worth, so listen in to hear our ideas on how you can find meaning and value from your work, even if it feels like you’re just working a 9-5 to pay the bills.

    We love connecting with and hearing from our listeners, so come and find us on social media.
    Jo Hall is @afire_jo on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-hall-afire/ on LinkedIn
    Jo Hooper is @madandsadclub on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/johooper/ on LinkedIn

    Or send us your questions and feature in a future episode: https://forms.gle/pXgU1tNARVDT3JX38


    If you’d like to work with either of us or find out what we do take a look here:
    https://www.afireconsulting.com
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk

    • 16 min
    Episode 5 - Openness, inclusion and authenticity in the workplace

    Episode 5 - Openness, inclusion and authenticity in the workplace

    Ever wondered what it’s like to work for one of the best companies in the UK? Listen in to wonderful nuggets of discussion, practical ideas and advice on workplace culture from Jennifer Thomas, Direct Line Group’s Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability.


    We discuss how DLG ranked #3 in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For list on their first attempt and how they purposefully foster their culture and values to help new recruits and employees bring their whole and authentic selves to work.


    All three of us get rather animated talking about our hobbyhorses and pet peeves … namely diversity and inclusion and how to embrace openness and honesty at work for everyone’s benefit. And to wrap things up Jennifer shares her three top tips to help create a healthier, happier workplace.


    We love connecting with our listeners, so come and find us here:


    Jo Hall is @afire_jo on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/joanna-hall-afire/ on LinkedIn
    Jo Hooper is @madandsadclub on Instagram and https://www.linkedin.com/in/johooper/ on LinkedIn


    Or send us your questions and feature in a future episode: https://forms.gle/pXgU1tNARVDT3JX38


    If you’d like to work with either of us or find out what we do take a look here:
    https://www.afireconsulting.com
    https://madandsadclub.co.uk

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

LondonOffice ,

Insightful and honest Podcast

Very engaging and open podcast that talks frankly about mental health. I would recommend that everyone gives it a listen.

Helen Gillett ,

Great start

Love the personal stories and the personalities coming through here, looking forward to the future podcasts content - always something to learn and something to provoke and challenge received wisdom

Mark Sleeper T ,

Engaging 1st Episode 👍🏻

These sound like a knowledgeable and engaging couple of SMEs that are getting to the heart of how to make a work place and environment a better place to go to, develop in and maximise output from.
Can’t wait to hear what more the Jos have to say about building a great healthy work place😎

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