“Laughter is good for your wellness and for your mental wellness as well.” Tracey Power, Chief People Officer at Vaco, discusses the importance of employers putting their people first and the power of perspective. In the new normal we live in, Tracey shares her thoughts on the different generations in the workforce and how they should communicate, understand and support each other.

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Tracey’s Mental Fitness Exercise: Reflection



Shows Mentioned:
Microsoft Teams is a proprietary business communication platform developed by Microsoft, as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams primarily compete with the similar service Slack, offering workspace chat and videoconferencing, file storage, and application integration.

Zoom is a videotelephony software program developed by Zoom Video Communications. The free plan provides a video chatting service that allows up to 100 participants concurrently, with a 40-minute time restriction.

CSR: Corporate social responsibility is a type of international private business self-regulation that aims to contribute to societal goals of a philanthropic, activist, or charitable nature by engaging in or supporting volunteering or ethically-oriented practices.

Calm is a software company based in San Francisco, California. It produces meditation products, including guided meditations and Sleep Stories.


Show Notes:

0:00 Intro

1:44 Tracey shares her thoughts on what mental fitness is when she hears that term

3:11 Tracey talks about how Covid impacted the mental fitness of many negatively and what companies should do to help their employees overcome that

6:02 Tracey shares how she practice mental fitness on a daily basis and how she encourages her team to adopt that same mindset
8:49 Tracey talks about perspective and how different they are in different people, and also how people in lockdown can create an environment where they can connect with others
11:25 Tracey talks about how companies can better support their employees, support themselves and others around them and mention companies that are already doing well on this
14:07 Tracey also talks about the importance of reflecting back in your life and identifying what your did in the past and how you can do it better today
17:02 Tracey shares her thoughts on the different generations in the workforce and how they should communicate, understand and support each other
21:25 Tracey also talks about boundaries and the importance of the company respecting the boundaries of their employees and vice versa
24:19 Tracey talks about corporate social responsibility and the trends she’s been seeing in the younger professionals and how she’s making them feel comfortable in this world
26:18 Tracey talks about the importance of finding ways in which an organization help their employees connect at a deeper level and having a good culture
28:49 Tracey also talks about how she has defined the term boundaries to her team and the importance of communication
31:12 Tracey explains how communication impact the mental wellness of someone especially in an organization
32:17 Tracey also explains what mental wellness means to her
32:58 Tracey talks about the resources that help her flex her own mental fitness muscles


Quotes Mentioned:
“Mental fitness is the ability to handle what life throws at you from an emotional and mental state.”
“When you lead, you’ve got to have empathy for what’s going on.”
“We’re all going through the same things at different times.”
“You have to know and you have to be aware before you can do something about it.”
“Perspective is your reality.”
“Everybody thinks everybody else’s situation is better.”
“Be happy with where you are.”
“I can’t show up every day if I can’t help myself.”
“Laughter is good for your wellness and for your mental wellness as well.”
“The younger generations are much more open to conversation.”
“There’s more than just work.”
“If you don’t exercise your mental fitness, that’s actually what’s deterring us from change.”


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