HR Most Influential Podcast 3.3: Siding against stress with Rachel Lewis

Lewis addresses organisational burnout, the 'igloo' theory of protecting mental wellbeing, and more

The HR Most Influential Podcast’s third episode of series three has gone live, with renowned occupational psychologist and professor Rachel Lewis examining how HR leaders can take the initiative against stress.

In the podcast, Lewis reveals how 20%-30% of UK working adults are showing signs of emotional exhaustion, contributing to burnout's prominent place on HR's agenda in recent years, and long past the height of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Discussing whether it is HR's duty alone to fix organisational burnout, the 'igloo' theory of protecting mental wellbeing and more, Lewis, multi-award winning occupational psychologist and programme director at Birkbeck, University of London, sits down with former HR magazine editor Jo Gallacher to explore the suffocating world of stress.

In the podcast, they explore: 

  • Why every part of an organisation has a role to play in mental wellbeing
  • How a preventative approach can boost the ROI of wellbeing policies by 14%
  • How to diagnose and treat wellbeing issues in your organisation

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