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In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan is joined by financial advisor Jon Bicknell, CRPC, CFP. Mari Ryan: Welcome to the Workplace Well-being Essentials Series. I’m Mari Ryan. I’m the CEO and founder of Advancing Wellness. It is my pleasure to welcome you today to this expert interview where we explore topics that impact employee well-being. My guest today is Jon Bicknell. Jon is a certified financial planner. He has over 24 years’ experience in helping clients achieve their financial dreams. Jon’s goal is to act as the client’s financial guide and advocate. He and his team offer a…
Most of us have experienced financial stress at one time of another. Maybe we’ve been unemployed, had trouble making ends meet, or felt overwhelmed by college debt. The economic downturn of 2020 has only made this situation worse for many people. The US unemployment rate jumped from 3.5% in February 2020, to 7.9% in September. And that’s the good news. It’s down from a high of 14.7% in April.  While unemployment is certainly one cause of financial stress, insufficient savings and lack of ability to pay debts may also contribute. Long before the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn wreaked…
In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan is joined by workplace happiness expert Valerie Alexander.  Mari Ryan: Welcome to the Workplace Wellbeing Essentials Series. I’m Mari Ryan. I’m the CEO and founder of Advancing Wellness. It is my pleasure to welcome you today to this expert interview where we explore topics that impact employee wellbeing. My guest today is Valerie Alexander.  Valerie is a renowned expert on workplace happiness and a leading voice on equity and inclusion. As a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of happiness, the advancement of women and unconscious bias, her keynotes and workshops…
    The major events in the world over the past few months, the pandemic, an economic downturn, racial unrest, and let’s not forget climate change, have impacted all of us. For many, it has changed not just where we work, but how we work. Along with all this change comes feelings of stress, anxiety, and fear of the unknown. Without appearing to be insensitive, is this the time to be thinking about happiness at work? I say bring it on. With so much uncertainty surrounding us, this is the perfect time to think about making work a place…
In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan is joined by architect Leslie Saul to discuss redefining the workplace. Mari Ryan: Welcome to the Workplace Wellbeing Essentials Series. I’m Mari Ryan. I’m the CEO and founder of Advancing Wellness. It is my pleasure to welcome you today to this expert interview where we explore topics that impact employee wellbeing. My guest today is Leslie Saul.  Leslie founded Leslie Saul & Associates over 25 years ago. With a background in architecture, interior design, and painting, Leslie brings an artistic and logical approach to problem solving. In over 30 years of professional…
 Redefining the Workplace   2020 has certainly changed our lives as we knew them, especially when it comes to work. The workplace used to be the place you commuted to every day. It was where you connected with your colleagues, where you collaborated on projects, and where you had lunch together.   Well, forget about all that. Most of the people I know who worked in traditional offices aren’t going back anytime soon.   The New Workplace The idea of our workplace has new meaning. If we stick to the actual definition of workplace, it is, “a place…
In this Expert Interview, AdvancingWellness CEO Mari Ryan is joined by customer experience expert Megan Burns. Mari Ryan: Welcome to the Workplace Wellbeing Essentials Series. I’m Mari Ryan. I’m the CEO and founder of Advancing Wellness. It is my pleasure to welcome you today to this expert interview where we explore topics that impact employee wellbeing. My guest today is Megan Burns. Megan is an expert on “people first,” customer-centric cultures, and how to build them. She helps companies grow faster and thrive longer by adding empathy, trust, and humanity back into customer and employee experiences. For two decades, Megan has…
Will your loyal customers still be loyal after the COVID-19 crisis subsides? Customers are keenly aware of what is and isn’t making headlines with the companies they do business with. Their ongoing loyalty may depend on how you treated your employees during the pandemic. A company’s brand perception can be greatly impacted by the actions it takes when times aren’t so good. In a recent conversation with customer experience expert, Megan Burns, we discussed brand perception. Ms. Burns stated, “Brand perception is basically how any person anywhere thinks about a company: their reputation, what they stand for, and what…