Strengthening your social connections

In this episode we dive into social wellbeing. As human beings, we are uniquely wired for connection and belonging, when we truly see one another, we build trusted relationships. With our special guest, we unpack the different aspects of social wellbeing such as: - Connection at work - What does social thriving look like - The complexities of social wellbeing in the digital age - Provide tips and strategies for building social connection noting different strengths, preferences and abilities Welcome to the Cult of Monday podcast, helping you to make Mondays awesome by unlocking the potential of people within organisations. We discuss a range of topics across leadership, culture, ways of working. Our first season covers wellbeing, resilience and thriving at work. Guest Introduction Nikki Heald, Director CorpTraining Nikki Heald is the Director of Corptraining, established to provide dynamic, modern presentations appropriate to the business needs of today. Her programs focus on developing interpersonal skills which enhance business relationships and professional visibility, resulting in increased credibility and sales. Regarded as a specialist in her field, Nikki delivers on-going presentations to major Australian insurance and finance companies, clubs, hotels, law firms, universities, sporting associations, government departments and a diversity of SME businesses. Nikki co-authored the book "Views on The Way to The Top", publishes numerous articles and her input is sought from various media channels. Additionally, she has presented at both national and international events. As a corporate trainer, speaker, author and businesswoman, Nikki is described as a dynamic and entertaining presenter whose interactive approach motivates positive change. Her facilitation style is engaging and inclusive, enabling participants to easily transfer and integrate their new learnings. Additionally, Nikki is passionate about professional development and providing people with the skills to build a unique professional presence combining confidence, consistency and credibility. All presentations are interactive and Nikki’s ability to connect with her audience ensures key learning objectives are met. For more information, we invite you to visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/nikkiheald/ or https://corptraining.com.au/ Discussion Points • Defining social wellbeing • How social wellbeing impacts our overall health • Why it’s important to have a best friend at work • Prevalence of loneliness and people experience less social contact • Strategies to cultivate social connection both online and offline • How our lived experience may affect our social connections • Defining social thriving • Belonging at work • How we can build social connection and cohesion in the new world of work • Upcoming Events/Episodes: Driving a balanced physical wellbeing Thank you for tuning in to this episode of the Cult of Monday podcast. Listeners can reach us on www.cultofmonday.com Resources Mentioned: • Gallup Wellbeing model: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/336935/wellbeing-at-work.aspx • https://www.gallup.com/workplace/215924/well-being.aspx • The Increasing Importance of a Best Friend at work: https://www.gallup.com/workplace/397058/increasing-importance-best-friend-work.aspx#:~:text=Gallup%20data%20indicate%20that%20having,safety%2C%20inventory%20control%20and%20retention. • Why having a best friend at work is important: https://www.gallup.com/cliftonstrengths/en/406298/why-having-best-friend-work-important.aspx • World Happiness Report World Happiness Report 2024.pdf spanning over 140 countries unveils a concerning reality: nearly one in four people worldwide, surpassing a billion individuals, grapple with feelings of loneliness. And happiness for younger people in the West (aged 15-24) has fallen sharply. • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s analysis of HILDA data: https://www.aihw.gov.au/mental-health/topic-areas/social-isolation-and-loneliness • The Power of Work Friends: https://hbr.org/2022/10/the-power-of-work-friends#:~:text=Best%20friends%20trust%2C%20accept%2C%20and,have%20fun%20on%20the%20job. The Power of Work Friends_HBR.pdf • Your Friends and Your Social Wellbeing: https://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/127043/friends-social-wellbeing.aspx • Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness (GEM): https://theresilienceproject.com.au/ • Carin Taylor shares in this TED Talk the key ingredients needed to belong and how to create them: https://www.ted.com/talks/carin_taylor_belonging_a_critical_piece_of_diversity_equity_inclusion Hosts: Lauren Pearson Lauren is the Founder of Cult of Monday; a Learning, Leadership and Talent Development business supporting leaders and individual contributors to develop greater self- awareness, grow their interpersonal skills and claim their unique potential. Leadership is an internal job. Lauren coaches' leaders at all levels to evolve their leadership style, to develop self-awareness in order to hone their performance. She has developed specialist skills in coaching leaders navigating more complex roles and has a particular interest in group coaching and team dynamic. Working with leaders in talent and leadership capability assessment, development and succession planning for sustainable businesses. Lauren is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach; with a Bachelor of Arts, Masters in Psychotherapy, ICC Coaching Accreditation, and accreditations in psychometric assessment tools. Lauren supports leaders and teams to evolve their thinking and improve the way they operate. Lauren is a commercial leader with global experience in a range of environments including Technology, Financial Services, and Professional Services. She has over 20 years of experience in Learning and Organisational Development, Leadership Development and Human Resources. Jessica Hill Jessica believes aligned organisational cultures and leadership motivate and inspire people to do their best work. Jessica helps organisations and individuals to achieve positive change and has experience working with senior executives, aspiring leaders and leadership teams. She is experienced with team-based coaching to create alignment and build collaboration and trust. As a coach, Jessica values the importance of building trust and adding value, she provides a balance of challenge and support to help individuals reach their goals and potential. Jessica is a Certified Gallup Strengths Coach; with a Bachelor of Business (HRM) and over 20 years’ experience in human resources, leadership and organisational development. Jessica is a Fellow Certified Practising Human Resources Practitioner (FCPHR) through the Australian Human Resources Institute. Jessica has not for profit board and governance experience and has led award winning teams. In addition to her senior manager experience, she has broad experience across industries, sectors and organisational missions and sizes. She understands the importance of context in any situation. Guests: Nikki Heald, Director of CorpTraining Disclaimer: The information provided in this podcast is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or mental health concern.