The Virtual Vibe Podcast

David Howe

Welcome to The Virtual Vibe, the podcast that dives deep into HR strategies for keeping a workforce happy, healthy, and connected in a work-from-home world. Join our host, David Howe, CEO of Bright Breaks, as he interviews industry experts, thought leaders, and HR professionals who are pioneering innovative approaches to promote a culture of well-being in their companies. Whether you're an HR professional looking for inspiration or a business leader interested in cultivating a productive remote workforce, this podcast is your go-to resource for practical tips, insights, and success stories. read less
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Episodes

From Tech to Healthcare: Lauren Ernst’s Bold Career Leap
Feb 4 2024
From Tech to Healthcare: Lauren Ernst’s Bold Career Leap
Welcome, Virtual Vibe listeners, to another fascinating episode of your favorite deep-dive into the interplay of technology and human dynamics in the workplace. I'm your host, David Howe, and today's show, episode eleven, promises to be a truly inspiring listen.We're thrilled to have Lauren Ernst join us on The Virtual Vibe Podcast. As the Communications and Employee Experience Lead at Halliburton Highlands Health Services, Lauren has a unique story that takes us from the bustling tech hubs of London, Ontario, to the heart-centered corridors of healthcare. Her journey is a testament to the power of personal transformation and the search for meaningful work.In today's conversation, we'll uncover the pivots and passions that led Lauren from a high-paced tech environment to crafting roles that touch the hearts and minds of hospital staff. She'll share insights into overcoming industry burnout, the art of pitching impactful wellness initiatives to leadership, and the importance of nurturing a supportive culture in any sector.What's more, Lauren is a prolific sharer of video content and discussions that relate to these topics on LinkedIn, where she encourages the continuation of dialogue. David recommends everyone to follow her there for a more in-depth look at her work and ideas.So, whether you're seeking inspiration to rejuvenate your team's spirit or simply curious about the personal drive that leads to a career shift, this episode with Lauren Ernst is not one you'll want to miss. Join us in exploring how to be bold, curious, and proactive in both personal and professional realms. Don't forget to follow Lauren on LinkedIn to keep the conversation going, and, as always, stay tuned for more of The Virtual Vibe Podcast.
Unpacking "Love + Work" with Doug Zeh: The Future of Happy Workplaces
Dec 8 2023
Unpacking "Love + Work" with Doug Zeh: The Future of Happy Workplaces
Hello and welcome back to The Virtual Vibe Podcast, where we explore the harmony of passion, technology, and the future of work. I'm your host, David Howe; joining me in this episode is the remarkable Doug Zeh, an expert in cultivating workplace wellness and a former Chief People Officer of Quility Insurance. Today, we dive into a discussion inspired by Marcus Buckingham's insightful book "Love + Work," examining the profound connection between personal passions and professional engagement. Doug shares his transformative journey from behavioral health to pioneering wellness strategies in people operations and embracing positive psychology for a balanced work-life.We unpack the power of positive attention in the workplace; challenging conventional management styles by showing care is vastly more effective than criticism. Doug also urges us to consider the impact of our belief systems on job satisfaction and encourages embracing challenges to fuel personal growth and productivity.Join us for a candid conversation on finding love in your work, championing wellness initiatives, and the simple yet transformative practice of regular, meaningful dialogues. Together, we'll delve into the practical ways to align your strengths with your work, foster a supportive culture, and perhaps rediscover the joy in your profession.So, tune in to this soul-stirring episode of The Virtual Vibe Podcast with Doug Zeh. Whether you're a leader, a team player, or simply someone searching for that spark of fulfillment in your work life, this conversation promises valuable insights and actionable advice for all. Let's get started!
Remote Wellness Strategies: Insights from Jared Perry, Chief of Staff at Bright Breaks
Oct 24 2023
Remote Wellness Strategies: Insights from Jared Perry, Chief of Staff at Bright Breaks
Welcome to the Virtual Vibe Podcast! In today's episode, we have a special guest, Jared Perry, the Chief of Staff at Bright Breaks. Jared joins our host, David Howe, to discuss how to implement and create a culture of wellness in a remote and hybrid working world. As the CEO and co-founder of Bright Breaks, David will be interviewing HR and People leaders at companies of all sizes to gather their advice, tactics, stories, and strategies on remote wellness. Jared, who plays a crucial role in leading the service operations team at Bright Breaks, shares insights into Bright Breaks' strong culture of wellness and the unique challenges they face as a hybrid and remote company. From inviting teammates to take breaks and incorporating wellness into meetings to building trust and creating initiatives to connect team members across different locations, Jared and David provide valuable insights and practical tips for fostering wellness in a remote work setting. Tune in to this enlightening conversation as we delve into the world of remote wellness with Jared Perry and David Howe!  (01:57) - Operating model: on-site and remote team promoting well-being. (05:54) - Trust, communication, and connection are essential values in the company. Remote teams face challenges in creating strong team connections. (09:11) - Encouraging connection through wellness (11:20) - Company culture fosters open communication and feedback. (13:54) - Trust and support in the workplace are crucial. (16:49) - Grateful for the first interview, excited to share!