The Happy Spot

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
Facebook Live Video from 2024/05/07-Health Advocacy

Facebook Live Video from 2024/05/07-Health Advocacy


2024/05/07-Health Advocacy

[NEW EPISODE] Health Advocacy

Learning about implementing Europe strategic happy employees in USA

Please join us this week as we talk to Yvonne Dam, Yvonne Dam is a 20 year international Coach of CEOs. She is tactically helping us implement our health advocacy in The USA.

Show Notes

Segment 1

Host Jack Thomas introduces guest Yvonne Dam, a 20-year international Coach of CEOs, along with contributors Matthew Minarik and Shanna Dunbar. Shanna discusses the urgency of nurses' needs and expresses gratitude for Matt's efforts in providing affordable health benefits, particularly dental coverage. Jack then asks Yvonne about European approaches to happiness. Yvonne explains that European countries vary in their approaches but notes a growing trend of companies appointing happiness officers and taking mental health issues seriously. She emphasizes the importance of third-party mental health lines to encourage open communication among workers without fear of repercussions.

Segment 2

Shanna shares a video with Jack Thomas about ISO 45003, highlighting international recognition of psychological health and workplace safety. Jack then applies the takeaways from the video to a business context. Shanna mentions the stigma around seeking mental health help, especially for physicians who fear it may affect their credentials. Yvonne reiterates the diversity of European approaches but notes the presence of workplace discrimination. She also mentions that while American news often reaches Europe, European news doesn't always make it to America. Yvonne adds that the #metoo movement is gradually gaining traction in Europe.

Segment 3

Jack emphasizes the importance of OSHA, highlighting that it exists for safety and guidance rather than instilling fear. Shanna mentions the OSHA Workplace Mental Health resource, providing valuable information for business owners to improve workplace mental health and productivity. Matt discusses the surge in virtual primary care services, catering to both physical and mental health needs, particularly in response to the pandemic. Yvonne explains why people in Europe, specifically Denmark, tend to be happier, attributing it to factors like pension systems and the presence of "third places" where individuals can socialize outside of work with supportive communities, enhancing their overall well-being.

Segment 4

 To conclude the episode, Jack asks the guests what business owners can implement immediately or what standout message they would like to share. Shanna emphasizes the importance of continuous modification rather than starting from scratch, highlighting her business, Workplace Health. Matt elaborates on his insurance program. Yvonne stresses the significance of seeking help, as it benefits both individuals and their businesses.     


00:00:51.630 --> 00:00:53.030 Jack Thomas: Good evening, everybody.

00:00:53.760 --> 00:00:56.139 Jack Thomas: Thank you for joining us at the happy spot.

00:00:56.190 --> 00:01:06.359 Jack Thomas: Today we are fortunate enough. We're going to have Yvondom coming in from Spain. It's a little bit different over there. We're going to get a European viewpoint on how to be happy

00:01:06.440 --> 00:01:11.190 Jack Thomas: and how to do this with the help of Matt and Shaina that have been on before.

00:01:11.550 --> 00:01:13.389 Jack Thomas: What is the happy spot?

00:01:14.310 --> 00:01:16.160 Jack Thomas: It's a place where Jack Thomas

00:01:16.510 --> 00:01:29.720 Jack Thomas: consider around and talk about biohacking. What is biohacking. Bio is taking our biodivers, our biology of our bodies and looking at alternative ways on how we can improve it. Specifically focused in business.

00:01:29.810 --> 00:01:48.739 Jack Thomas: I talk to people all day around the world and my cohorts that are joining me. Today we talk and gosh! People are just having a rough time, and then we have owners of companies. We're targeting 100 million dollar corporations up to 400 million. Why, that sweet spot is because those are the Ceos

00:01:49.260 --> 00:02:09.780 Jack Thomas: that are looking for the wellness of their employees, and they don't know the programs that are out there us at the happy spot we aggregate. And we bring different concepts together today. It's about bringing the European wellness model. We are blessed to have a business coach international CEO of over 20 years. Yvonne, Dom.

00:02:09.949 --> 00:02:12.340 Jack Thomas: My coach that I've been working with, and

00:02:12.370 --> 00:02:24.260 Jack Thomas: I defer to myself now as an entrepreneur, because as an entrepreneur, we would be local handling as an entrepreneur, speaking with her from Spain. Yvonne, please give us a little brief.

00:02:24.280 --> 00:02:33.400 Jack Thomas: Hello, little bit about yourself, your background, and and thank you for joining us today, so grateful to have you in my life.

00:02:34.972 --> 00:02:58.169 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Thank you so much Jack for having me so I'm phone. I'm the founder of a mesh self coaching. We coach different entrepreneurs to actually grow their business by working less and making more. And I started my career well, a long time ago is international text lawyer and I. I held several positions, leadership positions in finance, Hr.

00:02:58.488 --> 00:03:10.580 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Sales and business development, and the last 15 years in corporate, I worked as in change management, making companies perform better, and I still do that to this day. But now I do it with my own company.

00:03:10.580 --> 00:03:12.759 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: and I'm very pleased to be here.

00:03:13.320 --> 00:03:14.450 Jack Thomas: Thank you so much.

00:03:14.660 --> 00:03:26.260 Jack Thomas: And, Shaina, I know that you've been on before, but if you treated everybody in the audience are everyday people that live extraordinary lives is give us just a brief snapshot of who you are.

00:03:26.260 --> 00:03:48.182 Shanna Dunbar: Sure I'd be happy to Jack. So I hail here from Cleveland, Ohio. I am a board certified occupational health nurse. So that means I'm a registered nurse working in the public health space, where, instead of working, maybe one on one with people, we work for entire populations, raising the health and wellbeing. So my being an occupational health nurse

00:03:48.530 --> 00:04:02.980 Shanna Dunbar: my population if you will, is the working population. So those of you that are business owners, or or maybe work for a company that we'd like to see better. Well, meet being initiatives. This is the definitely the right place for you to be.

00:04:03.690 --> 00:04:04.910 Jack Thomas: Awesome. Thank you.

00:04:04.950 --> 00:04:15.700 Jack Thomas: And, Matt, you you are the king of the table today. You're the one who has the program that you put together a little bit about who you are, and and and if you could share with us.

00:04:15.700 --> 00:04:25.829 Matthew Minarik: Well, the King bows to you, Larry, because you brought bring all kinds of great people together. My name is Matt. I've started our extra mental health. I'm a retired physician assistant.

00:04:26.010 --> 00:04:55.699 Matthew Minarik: I worked emergency room for years, did some neurosurgery as well. And so a lot of problems with the mental health elements. I have children. We saw them with their friends, etc. And so there was no good solutions. And so we came up with this program, which I think I mean, let's just say the number one. The root cause is considered for all mental health in America by research is lack of access. So we made ex accessibility and affordability

00:04:55.720 --> 00:05:00.530 Matthew Minarik: real with mental health. And that's that's that's the that's that's that's what we've done.

00:05:01.910 --> 00:05:04.979 Jack Thomas: So so thank you. So on our program.

00:05:05.730 --> 00:05:19.330 Jack Thomas: We started out 4 weeks ago, and we are utilizing your program for our business at the happy spot, and we have our employees as we're bringing them on board. The way we introduce it is on day one. Here's your benefit.

00:05:19.340 --> 00:05:26.749 Jack Thomas: Here is your card. We hope right? We hope you don't ever need to have a therapist. But we start off going.

00:05:27.200 --> 00:05:37.949 Jack Thomas: Let's make the phone call so you can at least call and know you have the service. I carry my Jack Thomas Card with me every day. You never know when you're going to need it.

00:05:38.260 --> 00:05:42.920 Jack Thomas: and this is the proactive approach at the happy spot that we're teaching our corporations.

00:05:43.050 --> 00:05:53.369 Jack Thomas: I've also been affiliated with very large corporations. I will not name them, because I don't have permission. But great corporate benefits, great access to everything you'd ever want.

00:05:53.950 --> 00:06:02.159 Jack Thomas: There was so much of it. You never used it. It was almost overwhelming. Too much. We're at the happy spot building up happy cultures.

00:06:02.520 --> 00:06:12.720 Jack Thomas: How is this funded? How is it paid for each corporation? We underwrite it differently. But the goal is using a sophisticated captive tax plan

00:06:13.320 --> 00:06:21.580 Jack Thomas: that's in alignment with their other professionals. We're going to get your company's benefits paid through sophisticate planning.

00:06:22.100 --> 00:06:29.270 Jack Thomas: Now with all those fancy words, let's talk about some basic foundational wellness example this week.

00:06:29.560 --> 00:06:31.160 Jack Thomas: Right? I'm going to give an example

00:06:32.020 --> 00:06:52.700 Jack Thomas: at the happy spot we implement. Now, it may seem like a little thing I'm gonna share with you. But it was brought to my attention at an office that I worked within over 100 people in the office, and one young lady turned out. At 14. She was in visiting that. We had kids come to school this kids from school come into the office.

00:06:52.820 --> 00:06:55.009 Jack Thomas: tried committing suicide in September.

00:06:56.320 --> 00:07:05.370 Jack Thomas: and and I've lost close family friends, and it's just ongoing. And so at this point of being part of the happy spot.

00:07:05.380 --> 00:07:08.350 Jack Thomas: One of the things that we've been trying to do for kids

00:07:08.550 --> 00:07:36.510 Jack Thomas: is introduce them to. What do they want to do for their wellness. For her. She thought Yoga was gonna be the thing. The mom didn't know it, just having that third party conversation, and then having somebody in the room. I I do yoga. Every day I'm a yogi. I texted a manager within their town. What do we need to do to get a 14 year old in here, and the Alley Pond sanctuary, a group of businesses in queens that are nameless. They don't want their names on things cause.

00:07:36.510 --> 00:07:41.829 Jack Thomas: They just want goodness in society. Alipon sanctuary paid for 6 visits

00:07:41.840 --> 00:07:50.080 Jack Thomas: to a Yoga class to village Yoga in Glen Rock, New Jersey. Young lady lives up there, and Julie's coordinate. It's

00:07:50.110 --> 00:07:52.610 Jack Thomas: every little business owner, right?

00:07:52.930 --> 00:07:56.569 Jack Thomas: What you do to your large business owners, and how we scale that up.

00:07:56.680 --> 00:08:13.590 Jack Thomas: So with my success story, Shaina. What's the success story that you saw within your business world? And it doesn't have to be off of the happy spot, but off of a wellness model that large businesses are implementing. So we can get a little more of your backdrop of how you approach your business.

00:08:13.590 --> 00:08:19.580 Shanna Dunbar: Oh, thank you so much. So, you know, as an occupational health nurse. We, when when we are in industry.

00:08:19.580 --> 00:08:44.579 Shanna Dunbar: employees do come to speak with us, and it might be because their blood pressure is high, so they'll come and they'll sit and they'll be taking their blood pressure. I just want to get a blood pressure check. But that's not really well, that's there. What happens is they open the conversation. You know, nurses are still one of the most trusted professions, and it's such a privilege to be in the workplace where you get to know people, you get to know their families. You get to know what's going on. So when you're taking

00:08:44.580 --> 00:09:08.950 Shanna Dunbar: taking their blood pressure, and it's high, we have a conversation, and that's where we can actually make the most most benefit. Sometimes it's just the conversation can help them. Sometimes it's actually finding out that they are in crisis, and they need some resources. And we want to turn to our employer to find out what kind of resources they have that we can, you know, quickly get them and engaged in.

00:09:08.950 --> 00:09:29.259 Shanna Dunbar: So things are changing a lot of the resources that companies have had, or just not enough anymore. Which is one of the reasons why I'm so glad I met Matt. I met Matt because I think his program again affordable accessible way to bring resources for corporation, so we don't have anybody left behind.

00:09:30.580 --> 00:09:31.340 Jack Thomas: Thank you.

00:09:31.480 --> 00:09:32.970 Jack Thomas: And so, Yvonne.

00:09:33.140 --> 00:09:35.885 Jack Thomas: as I know you listen in on the room.

00:09:36.980 --> 00:09:39.759 Jack Thomas: I spent some time last year in Europe.

00:09:39.820 --> 00:09:44.049 Jack Thomas: Portugal, Porto at the world's largest happiness event.

00:09:44.500 --> 00:09:51.030 Jack Thomas: I was so happy I was overwhelmed. You could really feel the energy in the air

00:09:51.500 --> 00:09:53.079 Jack Thomas: and Europe

00:09:53.110 --> 00:10:06.339 Jack Thomas: 8,000 professionals on happiness. Of the 8,000, I'd say 7,000, maybe 6,500 female. And of that percentage of 65, I would say 90% were under 40,

00:10:06.740 --> 00:10:20.179 Jack Thomas: and and speaking to the generation of our children or of our future leaders, and I was so happy to see that, but actually so sad for my generation, or being an American, that

00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:21.820 Jack Thomas: we're not more active

00:10:21.960 --> 00:10:40.250 Jack Thomas: in that world. So I'm just curious what's going on in Europe, Spain, Portugal, cause that happiness movement blew me away. I understand it's in all different countries. What are we missing in America that you, as your coaching see in in what

00:10:40.300 --> 00:10:41.869 Jack Thomas: you know what we're missing.

00:10:43.374 --> 00:10:52.809 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Well, I think first of all, you point out a very important thing, right? We can't speak about one Europe because they're all European countries, and everybody kind of approaches it differently.

00:10:53.311 --> 00:11:18.439 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: But what you what you see is, I think that you know, companies are more open to having a happiness officer and making sure that mental wellness included in the companies are very seriously looked after. And how people approach that is is different. But what you what you used to see as well is that

00:11:18.440 --> 00:11:34.479 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: either nothing was done with, you know, which can be very well ending bad, as we all know. The examples, or what used to happen as well is that there sometimes was an internal line that you could call when you felt you needed help.

00:11:34.670 --> 00:11:47.969 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: But imagine this. You work at a company and you have some mental health issues that is really bugging you right? And then you call the company that is also paying your salary to tell them that you're really sick?

00:11:48.140 --> 00:12:10.270 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Do you think that's gonna go? Well, or are you afraid you're not gonna do it because it might affect you. And all of a sudden you're fired right? Because you already also know that they're checking you emails to see. Hey, what you're writing, and if you're writing it it might end up fired so that there, there might have been some initiatives in the past that kind of backfired

00:12:10.692 --> 00:12:31.489 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: and that's why I think you know the happiness movement, as such is is is a better way of approaching this, because it's a more external organization. Where people feel more freely to discuss what's really going on without the fear of getting fired or having, you know, impact on their careers.

00:12:33.250 --> 00:12:36.860 Jack Thomas: Thank you that that that that brings up a topic so local.

00:12:36.910 --> 00:12:40.810 Jack Thomas: So my, my basis of information, everyone, please judge and laugh.

00:12:40.940 --> 00:13:05.929 Jack Thomas: 50 years. I'm 57 the New York Post every day. Either I read it or my father read it to me as a kid, and there's some great information in there, and that papers been around since. Alexander Hamilton. Right? We're gonna go back a long time. Which, by the way, he's from Neabs, which, by the way is where captive started, and that's our financial model. But to fast forward to today they talk about boeing

00:13:06.040 --> 00:13:07.500 Jack Thomas: whistleblowers.

00:13:08.040 --> 00:13:11.659 Jack Thomas: There are 10 whistleblowers right now at Boeing

00:13:12.020 --> 00:13:13.579 Jack Thomas: planes, blowing up

00:13:13.670 --> 00:13:28.640 Jack Thomas: God knows what happened there. I was reading the newspaper articles, and we all know we have to read a newspaper article right with Wi with just a little bit of information. But there's something there. 2 people die. They just come. One committed suicide.

00:13:29.150 --> 00:13:32.620 Jack Thomas: and another one had an unfortunate, quick death.

00:13:32.980 --> 00:13:41.670 Jack Thomas: And so the fear is real out there. And so, Yvonne, you make a great point on that third party representation, and and having that out there.

00:13:41.850 --> 00:14:07.930 Jack Thomas: I'm gonna pause for a moment and we're we're gonna come back and we're gonna play a video cause, Iso and Osha, that'll that's gonna be the next segment of our topic, Iso and Osha, we're gonna move into our break, and the binaural sound be that you hear, it's designed to have the focus. These are little things that you could bring into work is a binaural beat. We're gonna make it to break. Thank you. And we'll be right back. Everyone.

00:16:21.570 --> 00:16:24.329 Jack Thomas: Okay. So as we come back from our break.

00:16:24.610 --> 00:16:33.000 Jack Thomas: the topic where we're speaking of today is how Europe approaches the topic of mental wellness and how the United States approaches it.

00:16:34.380 --> 00:16:47.210 Jack Thomas: Shauna, I was so appreciative and impressed that you're able to provide us with a 10 min Youtube link. It's Iso 4, 5, 0 0 3. Which talks about the international recognition

00:16:47.280 --> 00:16:54.209 Jack Thomas: of. And I'm not even going to use the words I'm gonna play the video with. It's 10 min. I'm gonna break in for a minute or 2,

00:16:54.700 --> 00:16:59.919 Jack Thomas: and then we're going to break back into conversation on what is being recognized internationally.

00:16:59.990 --> 00:17:05.170 Jack Thomas: And I think we're the first ones really in the United States that are broadcasting

00:17:05.369 --> 00:17:07.349 Jack Thomas: this type of information.

00:17:07.380 --> 00:17:10.079 Jack Thomas: And let me go to my share screen right here.

00:17:17.700 --> 00:17:21.849 Jack Thomas: And this is about the standard of Iso 4, 5 0 0 3

00:17:22.480 --> 00:17:24.219 Jack Thomas: birth sizes.

00:17:25.079 --> 00:17:26.370 Jack Thomas: You are with

00:17:27.180 --> 00:17:38.839 Jack Thomas: listening to standards in 10 min from the standard, show the podcast that brings you the stories behind the standards with Matthew Childs and Cindy Park.

00:17:45.750 --> 00:17:53.989 Jack Thomas: Hello, my name is Matthew Giles. And I'm Cindy Paracill. And this standard in 10 min is Iso 45,003.

00:17:54.000 --> 00:17:58.259 Jack Thomas: The international standard has psychological health and safety at work.

00:17:58.320 --> 00:18:00.930 Jack Thomas: Here are 10 things you need to know

00:18:00.990 --> 00:18:04.859 Jack Thomas: number One, what the standard is all about.

00:18:04.900 --> 00:18:09.609 Jack Thomas: Our working lives can have a significant impact on our psychological wellbeing.

00:18:09.870 --> 00:18:15.880 Jack Thomas: and the Covid pandemic lockdowns shone a spotlight on just how great that impact can be.

00:18:16.160 --> 00:18:34.209 Jack Thomas: So the publication of Iso, 45,003 is a recognition that employers have an important responsibility to protect both the physical and psychological health of their employees. It is the first global standard to give practical guidance to employers on managing the many psychosocial risks

00:18:34.320 --> 00:18:36.780 Jack Thomas: that can impact a worker's psychological health

00:18:36.870 --> 00:18:38.240 Jack Thomas: in the workplace.

00:18:46.800 --> 00:19:02.040 Jack Thomas: 2. What's meant by the term psychosocial? The term psychosocial describes the factors within the workplace and the work that we do that can negatively impact on both our physical and psychological help.

00:19:02.150 --> 00:19:19.509 Jack Thomas: Psychosocial risks can be introduced by the way we work. These can include heavy workloads, pressing and stressful deadlines, the nature and the type of work we do, the isolation we can open feel, and that all important work-life balance.

00:19:19.510 --> 00:19:37.050 Jack Thomas: But it's not only the way we work. There are other contributing social factors to these include the culture of organizations, the working relationships we have with our colleagues, plus things like bullying harassment, fairness and career development.

00:19:37.450 --> 00:19:47.810 Jack Thomas: Other hazards that can give rise to psychological harm include high noise levels, high or low office temperatures, pain from muscle disorders.

00:19:47.840 --> 00:19:53.630 Jack Thomas: fear of violence and aggression, or even witnessing an incident at work.

00:20:04.450 --> 00:20:08.549 Jack Thomas: Number 3. Why, the standard is important.

00:20:09.420 --> 00:20:20.519 Jack Thomas: Psychological health and safety has been a major issue in global workplaces for many years, but the COVID-19 pandemic increased the need for employers to take a proactive approach to addressing this issue.

00:20:20.940 --> 00:20:29.049 Jack Thomas: Indeed, it might be said that psychological health and safety at work has overtaken physical safety as an organisational focus for the 2020 s.

00:20:29.690 --> 00:20:39.210 Jack Thomas: I say, 45,003 support organizations to understand the issues, develop new approaches and manage the risks in both the short and long terms.

00:20:40.180 --> 00:20:41.560 Jack Thomas: Alright, everyone

00:20:42.420 --> 00:20:50.579 Jack Thomas: went. I went a little longer than I had planned on, because I'm just amazed every time I listen to this at the information. So

00:20:51.620 --> 00:20:55.229 Jack Thomas: I'm gonna start off as representing businesses.

00:20:55.500 --> 00:20:57.420 Jack Thomas: My entire life, New York.

00:20:57.680 --> 00:21:03.089 Jack Thomas: New Jersey, and how we see things. And we see things. What we consider I'll call fair.

00:21:03.360 --> 00:21:25.450 Jack Thomas: So a business says we're going to treat you fair. We're going to treat you nice. And over the past 20 years, working in the property and casualty world. The largest lawsuits we saw are sexual harassment, discrimination, the the hashtag me, too, movement, and all of that which was sexual harassment, discrimination, hostile work. Environment.

00:21:25.690 --> 00:21:29.640 Jack Thomas: So I'm just curious specifically to you, Shauna.

00:21:29.940 --> 00:21:32.230 Jack Thomas: how does this new piece

00:21:32.640 --> 00:21:41.629 Jack Thomas: sit on top of that? As we right, we become more sophisticates in our business world. This is a new topic that sits on what we've experienced.

00:21:42.470 --> 00:21:46.573 Jack Thomas: Where's the difference here, and where? Where can employers?

00:21:47.590 --> 00:21:49.930 Jack Thomas: see this going from lawsuits.

00:21:50.530 --> 00:21:52.509 Jack Thomas: you know, from a liability perspective.

00:21:53.060 --> 00:21:59.685 Shanna Dunbar: Yeah, I think. Actually, I I just I've been in the healthcare space helping

00:22:00.320 --> 00:22:07.579 Shanna Dunbar: hospitals kind of address some of these issues. And and it came right to the forefront. Because, you know.

00:22:07.630 --> 00:22:16.390 Shanna Dunbar: do you know that physicians that work for hospitals in their credentialing process? They have to say if they've ever had any kind of mental health issue.

00:22:16.580 --> 00:22:41.430 Shanna Dunbar: and not that, are they currently having a problem today that prevents them from being a good doctor, but if they've ever had that, and and some people don't get credentialed. If they've ever had a mental health talk about a stigma, I mean, I think that's just one area, that is, you know, right? For something like that. As we move into this area of having much more awareness

00:22:41.430 --> 00:22:48.720 Shanna Dunbar: about mental health, and we're trying to tell everybody. Oh, it's okay. It's okay. Go get help. And then nobody does it because of the stigma.

00:22:49.930 --> 00:22:53.300 Jack Thomas: So I was putting my hand up because the timing for me was so funny.

00:22:53.340 --> 00:23:00.569 Jack Thomas: I'm well known in underwriting in all different segments within business, and I got pulled in president in New York City.

00:23:00.590 --> 00:23:04.399 Jack Thomas: of a pharmaceutical company for mental health.

00:23:04.520 --> 00:23:29.210 Jack Thomas: and as I'm taking an application on his wellbeing for his business. He's taking 3 different prescriptions, and I stopped the application. I said, You're not gonna get a preser. So why don't we wait a little while because I've been taking the medication for years. How do you know I'm not gonna get approved? I said. These these 2 drugs are automatic declines from that insurance company for that wellness you're looking for.

00:23:29.300 --> 00:23:36.000 Jack Thomas: He was so upset and yet leader in the community. And so there's this contradiction.

00:23:36.110 --> 00:23:52.020 Jack Thomas: Yes, yes, yes, but no, no, no! So hard. And you know, speaking of contradictions, I joke with my friends, I said, I am so fortunate from a well style, trying to change my lifestyle. Learning from Yvonne. She just did a big event with a woman

00:23:52.090 --> 00:23:53.550 Jack Thomas: out of boulder

00:23:53.580 --> 00:23:57.369 Jack Thomas: out of Colorado. I'm drawing a lori, Joseph.

00:23:58.050 --> 00:23:59.190 Jack Thomas: And so

00:24:00.250 --> 00:24:29.390 Jack Thomas: the joke with my friends. They're like, yeah. Well, they Europe. They take 5 weeks off, you know. They have vacation all the time. Right? But I don't know they're. I'm like they make a Mercedes. They make a Bmw. That right? Th. Their clothing is pretty stylish, right? So they're getting something right. So Yvonne. Ha! On an international basis, and seeing some of this new language first, did Europe have a big problem with the sexual harassment. Discrimination claims like we saw in America here, you

00:24:30.000 --> 00:24:38.849 Jack Thomas: and and and but Europe seems like you kept it quieter. What's what's going on over there in that kind of domain? And and and the flow through.

00:24:39.330 --> 00:24:57.629 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Well, it's definitely in Europe as well again, you know. You can't speak generally. But yes, it's it's definitely it hits the news. But I think part of it is that not all European new news reaches America, whereas a lot of American news does read Europe.

00:24:58.023 --> 00:25:24.100 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: But definitely. You know the me, too, movement. Everything has been put into motion and and quite some big scandals as well and and as an outsider. It's for me fascinating to see how some people react as if it's all very normal. And I think it's a good thing that a lot of things are being put in motion, so to say.

00:25:25.440 --> 00:25:31.840 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: So that's definitely been going on in in in many European countries as well. Yes.

00:25:32.710 --> 00:25:36.903 Jack Thomas: So thank you. So last year I spent some time with some other business owners in Europe.

00:25:37.340 --> 00:25:40.110 Jack Thomas: and we talked about the topic, and I shared with them.

00:25:40.540 --> 00:25:46.080 Jack Thomas: I I said, in America, if we're not given a reason to make a behavior change.

00:25:46.620 --> 00:25:47.880 Jack Thomas: we just don't.

00:25:47.940 --> 00:25:51.249 Jack Thomas: and they go well, that's that's what's wrong with you capitalists.

00:25:51.620 --> 00:25:53.219 Jack Thomas: And I said.

00:25:53.240 --> 00:26:09.809 Jack Thomas: There's a there's a essence of how we go about it. We have had HREA. P. And all these programs. And it's a wellness program. But I I look at it as they've been inundated and overwhelmed. Sort of bring it on the forefront in talking with professionals like yourself.

00:26:10.310 --> 00:26:17.090 Jack Thomas: We approached insurance companies last year. We said to the insurance companies, if they provide

00:26:17.230 --> 00:26:24.740 Jack Thomas: this positive psychology and training within their business and this line of insurance

00:26:24.920 --> 00:26:43.090 Jack Thomas: they were giving us counts. So it's having these conversations. And some people say, Why are you gonna talk about this? So other business owners who do what I do. They know it. It will become a mass movement at some point, because it's just overwhelming the systems. And Matt, right now.

00:26:43.650 --> 00:26:58.300 Jack Thomas: in the world of. I'm gonna come back. I'm gonna come back to ocean a minute chain, and that's more your world. But Matt, talk to me about the we're the happy spot we're now in 5 or 6 States. So I use your program in New Jersey.

00:26:58.350 --> 00:27:13.379 Jack Thomas: Right? I have. An organization called the Guild Investment Members. Anthony is a member. We have Brooke in Los Angeles, we have Megan in Colorado. We have Emily in Pittsburgh.

00:27:13.560 --> 00:27:17.319 Jack Thomas: We have Antsher in Virginia. We're in 7 States.

00:27:17.390 --> 00:27:32.522 Jack Thomas: How do you do it? What's what's your secret sauce without giving it away? But I want other companies to know that your service we're here speaking on the happy spot. But listen, this is this is America, and it is capitalism. Your services can be purchased by anybody.

00:27:33.140 --> 00:27:44.349 Matthew Minarik: Yeah, so thank you. Thank you, Jack. So the secret sauce which I will tell you is that I came up with a contract with tele Doc in 2,018 before the pandemic hit.

00:27:44.981 --> 00:27:55.890 Matthew Minarik: And then we actualize the numbers. We make sure that all employees are covered, but not all employees need it, you know, and so therefore everyone shares in the cost

00:27:56.356 --> 00:28:25.980 Matthew Minarik: of helping each other out. And we are in all 50 States. We have psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, counselors coaches. We have it all depending on what you need. We have a 24 7 access. You can get the same therapist every week if you want to. We're available within 72 h of signing up. So it really is. It's our history. And signing contracts way early. And the actuarial events of covering everybody.

00:28:25.980 --> 00:28:44.749 Matthew Minarik: which makes, I think, makes a difference. I want to bring up 1 point. Jack, going back a bit to Yvonne, was talking about. And Shauna as well. Remember that. You remember you're an automotive person. Remember, Triple, a right American Automobile Association. We're the new triple, A, we are anonymous, affordable, and accessible.

00:28:44.970 --> 00:28:54.989 Matthew Minarik: and the anonymousness is huge deal, because what happens is we? What we do is we cover the silent sufferers

00:28:55.310 --> 00:29:19.990 Matthew Minarik: and those people who would normally fall through the cracks. They don't want to go to the down to the Eap office. They don't want to be known on their health insurance. We have a lot of police officers and first responders who use our service, because if they found out through their normal insurance that they were having a mental health issue, they'd be fired. It'd be a desk job. All kinds of bad things would happen. And so, because we're totally anonymous.

00:29:20.450 --> 00:29:32.281 Matthew Minarik: I don't even know who these people are. I know what their diagnoses are, but because of hipaa compliance. I don't know who's on or who's off specifically. But this anonymousness really helps

00:29:32.770 --> 00:29:37.070 Matthew Minarik: us capture those silent suffer sufferers so that nobody does fall through the crack.

00:29:38.610 --> 00:29:41.889 Jack Thomas: Thank you so much. And I'm gonna pause here. We're about to go to break.

00:29:42.080 --> 00:29:45.700 Jack Thomas: And so, as your card says, it's not insurance.

00:29:45.830 --> 00:29:53.439 Jack Thomas: So these are the things right that we're coming and approaching this from a different viewpoint. Why, it's so important for people to know that

00:29:54.000 --> 00:30:02.609 Jack Thomas: we're going to move into our break, and we're going to come back, and we're going to pick up the topic on Osha with Shauna. And I'm going to share a little success story

00:30:02.670 --> 00:30:08.859 Jack Thomas: that I've had in the past, and hearing about how we can improve this for other business owners be right back.

00:32:07.720 --> 00:32:09.107 Jack Thomas: Welcome back everybody.

00:32:09.780 --> 00:32:16.900 Jack Thomas: We're here at the happy spot. My name's Jack Thomas. We have the good fortune of Yvonne Dom coming in from Barcelona, Spain

00:32:16.910 --> 00:32:18.809 Jack Thomas: giving her perspective.

00:32:18.820 --> 00:32:25.609 Jack Thomas: We have Matt, who created the Rx. Card and Shaina, who is a practicing Rn.

00:32:25.630 --> 00:32:29.880 Jack Thomas: We're talking about the different segments on how to improve business in

00:32:30.688 --> 00:32:36.419 Jack Thomas: in America, and and how we can learn from Europe, and how we could be coached from Yvonne.

00:32:37.400 --> 00:32:41.100 Jack Thomas: So I want to share a little New York story on coaching in Osha.

00:32:42.006 --> 00:32:43.040 Jack Thomas: First first.

00:32:44.780 --> 00:32:48.529 Jack Thomas: Yvonne was the first one to ever really say to me, hey, Blair.

00:32:49.360 --> 00:32:55.489 Jack Thomas: all that energy you have, and the way you think it's just such great energy, how can we help promote getting it out there?

00:32:56.835 --> 00:32:57.770 Jack Thomas: So

00:32:59.120 --> 00:33:02.340 Jack Thomas: I look at Osha in the United States, and how

00:33:02.850 --> 00:33:05.120 Jack Thomas: to change society

00:33:06.100 --> 00:33:08.579 Jack Thomas: businesses. Look at Osha as a horrible thing.

00:33:08.900 --> 00:33:23.429 Jack Thomas: and Osha started from the original in the lower East side of Manhattan, where there was a horrible fire over 120 years ago, and people died. And the government said, Okay, here are the new rules. So now we come 120 years later.

00:33:23.430 --> 00:33:42.080 Jack Thomas: We know that the number one thing that we need from all our employees is for their minds to be clear. We know that they're inundated at home because of the phone. We know they're inundated at home because of the computer. We know that they're inundated, inundated, and their minds are completely on overload, and Osha hasn't really addressed this.

00:33:42.120 --> 00:33:45.899 Jack Thomas: but I'll give you my favorite one of my favorite ocean New York story

00:33:45.910 --> 00:33:56.669 Jack Thomas: I got. I was hired years ago as an advisor, largest taxi garage in Manhattan. They received a hundred $25,000 fine from Osha about 17 years ago.

00:33:56.700 --> 00:33:59.580 Jack Thomas: and I won't name the owners.

00:33:59.870 --> 00:34:01.860 Jack Thomas: Call him Jim Jim. What happened?

00:34:01.910 --> 00:34:03.670 Jack Thomas: You know, my partner and

00:34:04.450 --> 00:34:26.030 Jack Thomas: wised off to an Osha inspector, and in New York. We all know the only time Osha is going to have the time to really come and give you a hard time is because you did some head stuff to your employees, and they made a phone call. And now Osha is looking at whatever you're doing. And I said, Let me go speak with them, and I went down to Osha, and I said, I see the 75 rules you want done. Let's make a deal.

00:34:27.500 --> 00:34:28.830 Jack Thomas: What kind of deal, Jack.

00:34:28.949 --> 00:34:36.630 Jack Thomas: I don't know. They can't do all 75. How about pick the top? 3, the most important, and reduce their penalty?

00:34:36.800 --> 00:34:53.620 Jack Thomas: And they were adamant? No. And then through conversation, as we've been talking here today, it turned out that partner had embarrassed one of them, so that the only way they were going to reduce it is if he, the owner, apologized in front of the 50 technicians that were there.

00:34:53.920 --> 00:34:58.860 Jack Thomas: I said, You want that to happen. He goes. Yeah, I said, All right. 100 grand

00:34:59.420 --> 00:35:02.930 Jack Thomas: 100 grand. I said 100 grand discount. I'll get him to do that

00:35:03.770 --> 00:35:12.990 Jack Thomas: now. That's just human nature, because I knew I needed that 6 figure number. I didn't have that permission to negotiate that. But in New York you go with your gut.

00:35:13.530 --> 00:35:16.120 Jack Thomas: that person all the technicians

00:35:16.280 --> 00:35:22.059 Jack Thomas: right. The owner comes walking down, and they see him walking down. Everyone knows, and it's like silence.

00:35:22.280 --> 00:35:26.780 Jack Thomas: Silence! And the ocean is there, and the owner goes sorry.

00:35:26.960 --> 00:35:29.449 Jack Thomas: and the ocean inspector looks at me, and I go

00:35:31.470 --> 00:35:32.570 Jack Thomas: sorry.

00:35:33.270 --> 00:35:47.210 Jack Thomas: and that was worth a hundred grand. The mental wellness, the little things of human beings right that I've had to witness in New York. I didn't even think it was possible to ever get that man to say he was sorry, let alone Osha.

00:35:47.210 --> 00:36:08.869 Jack Thomas: so never feel as though you're completely overwhelmed. There are professionals out there. We all have this type of experience, and I'd love to hear from a registered nurse on an Osha inspection, and how you would handle it from your approach, because now we team up as a team, you get the New York approach, and I get your midwestern wholesome value coming out of Ohio.

00:36:09.000 --> 00:36:09.470 Shanna Dunbar: Yeah.

00:36:09.470 --> 00:36:15.599 Jack Thomas: Niceness with the sophistication of Europe we could take in the world guys, we'll take it on.

00:36:15.600 --> 00:36:39.460 Shanna Dunbar: I think we can. And and I do think you know, sometimes Osha does carry a big stick, and that's maybe why businesses are a little anxious around it when really, it's guidance for us to determine in our particular industries. What do we need to do? Because we've learned all these years about things. So why reinvent the will and look to Osha for guidance? And and I think

00:36:39.460 --> 00:37:02.840 Shanna Dunbar: the more that we can do that and look at, for you know, kind of consider it as a guiding principle. I think we do a lot better. But I they did recently, if you were not made aware, have a fact sheet for businesses that's called Workplace mental health. You can just Google Osha workplace mental health. And they will give you a fact sheet about things that that they

00:37:03.090 --> 00:37:09.170 Shanna Dunbar: have learned, and things that you should pay attention to as a business owner. My, but

00:37:09.240 --> 00:37:33.860 Shanna Dunbar: we actually did something ahead of that, and that was with the Surgeon General. Back in 2021 he released a very good document addressing workplace mental health issues because we were in the throes of the pandemic, and I think that showed that the government didn't want to necessarily make it a regulation that we were going to carry a big stick and hand slap, but rather.

00:37:33.860 --> 00:37:55.710 Shanna Dunbar: the Surgeon General was saying, look, businesses, you really need to get on board with some of these ideas, and so I'm much more in favor of doing it, because it's the right thing to do. And it actually is pro business. It will help productivity. If your people feel well, I mean, that's no secret, certainly, as a registered nurse who's certified in occupational health.

00:37:55.710 --> 00:38:02.789 Shanna Dunbar: you know. That's what we do it. It's to increase health and productivity. It it goes hand in hand.

00:38:03.370 --> 00:38:08.229 Jack Thomas: And and and I'm with you on all that. And I just googled the document, and it immediately comes up.

00:38:08.300 --> 00:38:13.220 Jack Thomas: I'm not going to show it here. But it's this type of information that is existing out there

00:38:13.340 --> 00:38:17.429 Jack Thomas: at the happy spot. What we pride ourselves on is implementing.

00:38:19.650 --> 00:38:20.490 Jack Thomas: So

00:38:20.950 --> 00:38:27.470 Jack Thomas: the past story I shared earlier about Alipon sanctuary, helping a young girl right to overcome her

00:38:27.690 --> 00:38:29.540 Jack Thomas: angst and doing Yoga.

00:38:29.600 --> 00:38:34.029 Jack Thomas: going in with Osha into New York City, negotiating.

00:38:34.310 --> 00:38:37.860 Jack Thomas: holding the hands of the business owners in Osha.

00:38:39.200 --> 00:38:51.089 Jack Thomas: What other scenarios can we be doing to implement business owners? And I'm not asking looking for the answer. But those are the questions that we behind the scenes, we're thinking and talking

00:38:51.090 --> 00:39:13.109 Jack Thomas: on how we can do that. We are open for input from people. Right? So this is the happy spot we're on New York City radio. We're going out on 6 or 7 different channels. We're gonna be heading out all over the world. But we have some brains. I've received some emails. Someone said, Wow, you have some really smart people. And and and I do. And I and I'm blessed.

00:39:13.820 --> 00:39:17.169 Jack Thomas: The part that is more powerful to me is the caring.

00:39:17.290 --> 00:39:38.820 Jack Thomas: like the like people genuinely care. And coming from New York people a little jaded. I'm like, no, no, no, no, they're legit. The right people really do care. Well, Larry, what's in it for you right now. Nothing right now. I put my money here until you become a client, or we engage in service, and if nothing else sometimes it's just doing good.

00:39:38.820 --> 00:39:47.840 Jack Thomas: right as a yogi, putting good Karma energy out there as we were talking about Matt. Talk to me a little bit about the Telec.

00:39:48.369 --> 00:39:52.539 Jack Thomas: That you had that insight, that wisdom. 2,018.

00:39:52.610 --> 00:39:53.680 Jack Thomas: Right like

00:39:53.710 --> 00:40:06.109 Jack Thomas: your wisdom. Right is awesome. So please expound upon that, and and remind everybody out here in the audience. And and Shaina. Also, your businesses are for higher. We're here today representing the happy spot.

00:40:06.210 --> 00:40:09.049 Jack Thomas: But if anyone has any interest in

00:40:09.380 --> 00:40:20.319 Jack Thomas: having consultations with these professionals, please feel free to reach out to us. Emily, my assistant, will get you connected, and I'd love to know Matt. 2,018. You had a vision.

00:40:23.190 --> 00:40:51.900 Matthew Minarik: So what happened was I was I had good. I I I'd had enough of emergency medicine that show that tends to emergency medicine providers had the highest level of stress anxiety. And I I had enough so went to work for actually a pretty progressive doctor to primary care for roost on Ascari and he left actually, doing urology surgery. And he had this great concept of

00:40:52.227 --> 00:41:09.609 Matthew Minarik: expanding healthcare and taking it. We're, you know, 5% of the peep of the of the of the healthcare claims. Covered 95% of all the expenses. And so he wanted to just get people healthier. And we started talking about this, and we explored what's called direct primary care

00:41:09.700 --> 00:41:22.380 Matthew Minarik: in direct primary cares where you have unlimited availability to a physician. I don't wanna get too deep into this for a fee, and it it's most physicians

00:41:22.683 --> 00:41:45.909 Matthew Minarik: because of insurance, are only allowed 14 min per patient in primary care, and half of that time is spent on their computer just typing in the information. So oftentimes, when they go to a primary care like we live here in Cleveland, Cleveland clinic, which is extremely good by the way, they, the physician, the provider, the PA, the nurse, practitioner of the P. The doctor will not even be looking at you. They'll be typing away

00:41:46.277 --> 00:41:52.900 Matthew Minarik: while you're talking and talk about. There's no physical exam almost anymore. And so this is not right.

00:41:53.180 --> 00:42:06.682 Matthew Minarik: So we went to. I looked into the direct primary care model. That's a good good model. And then I saw, though there was so much expense with that. And then I just my masters was in mob

00:42:07.630 --> 00:42:31.089 Matthew Minarik: healthcare in mobile devices. That's what I did my master's thesis in, and so that was back in 2,012. So I've been thinking about this all along since 2,012, and when it came time, I said, let's start a direct virtual primary care where it's a monthly fee. You get unlimited use for a coach, a nurse practitioner a doctor, and our goal was to get people.

00:42:31.456 --> 00:42:46.850 Matthew Minarik: We'll call it the 5 normals, formal normal medication. I mean, normal blood pressure, normal sugar, normal weight. Normal. No, no cigarette smoking. And I forget the fifth one now, because it's so long ago. And then

00:42:46.850 --> 00:42:54.750 Matthew Minarik: focus also on lower stress and inflammation we call the 5 plus 2. Well, the the model is actually ahead of its time.

00:42:54.750 --> 00:43:07.689 Matthew Minarik: and people did not grasp the the either the direct primary care or the virtual direct primary care at the time. And so that kind of went through when the pandemic happened. All of a sudden it was great

00:43:07.690 --> 00:43:25.099 Matthew Minarik: to have the exposure of virtual medicine. And all of a sudden it was like Matt. You're a genius at that. Yeah, right? I predicted the pandemic. But in any event I saw then that the most people were signing up for my services, not for this basic telec medical, but for the mental health.

00:43:25.300 --> 00:43:36.780 Matthew Minarik: and so we just shifted the whole business over to that. I still have the other business, but I do almost nothing with it. All has been on mental health, and it has been. And it's it's it's it's good, it works.

00:43:37.650 --> 00:43:39.860 Jack Thomas: That is great. Thank you so much.

00:43:40.498 --> 00:43:56.430 Jack Thomas: What has been the experience for your clients in Europe? On Teledoc? Just Yvonne, just generally in in, in, not as much on the mental illness, but health, but all online. How? How have the Europeans taken to that.

00:43:57.678 --> 00:44:09.261 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Well, in in general. You know, in some countries you see that it's becoming more and more of a trend. But it's it's it's not

00:44:10.200 --> 00:44:25.280 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: that common yet. And it's it's really, of course, depending per country. But in the like even year in Spain. You see, it's sometimes in there, but there are also quite a few people that aren't open to it yet.

00:44:25.611 --> 00:44:40.530 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Even though you know the pandemic year made a lot of people go online. So you see it happening. But it's not mainstream. I think that would be the best way to summarize it. And some countries will not even enter that fault yet.

00:44:41.860 --> 00:44:42.889 Jack Thomas: Got it. Thank you.

00:44:43.740 --> 00:44:45.830 Jack Thomas: So as we're looking at mental health

00:44:45.870 --> 00:44:47.070 Jack Thomas: business

00:44:47.080 --> 00:44:57.469 Jack Thomas: employees, employers, I'm gonna pull back a little bit on this conversation and and roll into the happiness. And what's going on worldwide and absenteeism?

00:44:57.780 --> 00:45:13.190 Jack Thomas: So the United States, as a whole has dropped in the happiness measurement. The 3 20 March twentieth is recognized. International Happiness Day. It's been around for 12 years. The United Nations started. Countries are measuring it.

00:45:14.390 --> 00:45:20.849 Jack Thomas: I think Finland, in the in in the Danes and that part of the world.

00:45:21.610 --> 00:45:23.580 Jack Thomas: I think they've won 6 times

00:45:24.180 --> 00:45:28.009 Jack Thomas: happiest countries in the world, and I know Yvonne

00:45:28.340 --> 00:45:33.840 Jack Thomas: family. You're originally from Denmark. If you could elaborate you know why?

00:45:34.250 --> 00:45:40.160 Jack Thomas: Why? Why, why is Denmark winning these happy awards? What what are they doing that we should know about.

00:45:41.300 --> 00:45:41.965 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Well,

00:45:42.860 --> 00:46:07.550 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: You know the those Scandinavian companies. They always score very high in in happiness. Just. I'm from the Netherlands, so I'm not from. It's not that cool where I'm from, but what in general there are several things that contribute to the overall happiness. Right? One of the things is that there is like a social care system that looks after people

00:46:07.550 --> 00:46:16.079 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: unlike in the Us. There is something that is really taking care of the people also. Generally there is like a a pension

00:46:16.080 --> 00:46:27.329 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: that you know. If you're working, you're paying to his pension, and when you retire you get a state pension as well. In general. What you can see is that there is more money available for people.

00:46:27.520 --> 00:46:52.979 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: And I I raised this because I I made a joke about the weather, but I've been thinking about it. The weather is often, it's very cold, and it's very often very grey, as we all know that does something with our mental state, but it's more the caring side of those countries that make people feel good and that make them feel looked after as well as that. There's money. So people don't. You know, all the basic needs are met.

00:46:53.330 --> 00:47:07.269 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: And that's but that's my perspective. But that's why a lot of people feel happier because they have the money to buy things they are look after. So their first primary needs are really taken care of.

00:47:07.830 --> 00:47:16.059 Jack Thomas: Thank you. Great I was just noted. We're I'm running a little late here. We're gonna run to our break and we'll be right back. Thank you so much.

00:49:20.530 --> 00:49:21.779 Jack Thomas: Thank you, everybody.

00:49:21.830 --> 00:49:26.080 Jack Thomas: So we're back at the happy spot. We're coming towards the end of our segment today.

00:49:26.450 --> 00:49:31.040 Jack Thomas: And as I sit here and and I'm thinking we're having great conversation, great dialogue.

00:49:31.060 --> 00:49:34.380 Jack Thomas: and I'm looking forward to the future and how we can

00:49:35.450 --> 00:49:40.810 Jack Thomas: improve the status of employees and and happiness.

00:49:40.860 --> 00:49:44.790 Jack Thomas: I'm just curious. I'm gonna go around the room as we kind of round out our time.

00:49:44.830 --> 00:49:49.660 Jack Thomas: What is one thing you're thinking a business owner could implement today

00:49:49.860 --> 00:49:51.539 Jack Thomas: that you could just say, Hey.

00:49:51.620 --> 00:49:53.440 Jack Thomas: right one, I would say.

00:49:53.530 --> 00:49:55.180 Jack Thomas: you want to implement, change.

00:49:55.380 --> 00:50:04.669 Jack Thomas: Call Jack Thomas. You can get me at the happy spot. No problem. We'll have a conversation that could be one simple thing.

00:50:05.110 --> 00:50:13.712 Jack Thomas: Shaina. What is one simple thing that you'd like to put out there coming from your business, your name, and letting people know one simple thing they go.

00:50:14.040 --> 00:50:15.799 Jack Thomas: Shaina said that.

00:50:15.800 --> 00:50:40.810 Shanna Dunbar: Thank you. So the name of my business is workplace health. And we do evaluate programs to improve the health and productivity of the workforce looking at safety and health programming. So I think that's a great place to start, because, you know, we don't have to blow things up and start all over again. We need to modify and tweak

00:50:40.810 --> 00:51:02.399 Shanna Dunbar: a little bit what we're doing, adding just something a little bit more like a service that Matt provides can be a huge accomplishment, and it's not hard. It's not expensive. In fact, you're probably spending the money. Anyway. This is just a way to invest the money, instead of spending the money in healthcare, spend, or or lack of productivity.

00:51:03.260 --> 00:51:11.789 Jack Thomas: Great. Thank you. And so I hear productivity. I'm talking to a manufacturer, and that's where I see a lot of opportunity coming into America.

00:51:12.230 --> 00:51:26.449 Jack Thomas: Production of goods are coming back. The the system we've had for the past 40 years build it as you need it. America is built building it that manufacturing. I just see your business really super charged and growing in the future.

00:51:26.660 --> 00:51:34.849 Shanna Dunbar: I could. Can I just add one more thing. And also we're all scrambling for workers, you know, in America, and

00:51:34.850 --> 00:51:56.770 Shanna Dunbar: the workers are looking for a business that cares about their mental health. It's it's very clear and and they're looking for culture, you know. It's a culture fit even more than they're looking for for salary. So it's really something to be thinking about. And I and it's really it. I'm finding. It's just a tweak. It's not a blow up and start over.

00:51:57.240 --> 00:52:00.180 Jack Thomas: I'm I'm with you on that. Yep, and I'm with you on that.

00:52:00.190 --> 00:52:06.640 Jack Thomas: That when I was in Europe and I recognized female leadership Hr. Under 40,

00:52:06.690 --> 00:52:19.869 Jack Thomas: right? They're telling us what they want. And so by going first and leading with this card is setting the tone of the culture of the company. This goes first from the owner, and it doesn't cost a lot of money to do it. Everyone.

00:52:20.290 --> 00:52:23.370 Jack Thomas: Matt, what is something one thing

00:52:23.660 --> 00:52:25.950 Jack Thomas: today that you would want to share with

00:52:25.960 --> 00:52:29.109 Jack Thomas: our business owners out there. Your company?

00:52:29.471 --> 00:52:33.490 Jack Thomas: Just right. Everyone could always reach out to the happy spot. But throw it out there.

00:52:33.830 --> 00:52:36.230 Jack Thomas: And what's one thing that you're saying?

00:52:36.820 --> 00:52:38.220 Jack Thomas: You you you.

00:52:38.390 --> 00:52:48.440 Matthew Minarik: The National Safety Council has determined that if you do not have a mental health program is costing you $121 per employee per month.

00:52:48.650 --> 00:53:01.399 Matthew Minarik: Okay? And there's so many other costs that go along with that. 3 of the top 6 typical healthcare claims are mental health issues. Our program costs $40 per employee per month.

00:53:01.580 --> 00:53:20.800 Matthew Minarik: and it covers the whole family. It covers the children all the way down age 13 as well. That's a huge deal for many people. So by implementing our program, not only do you have. The absenteeism is gone, but now you've gained $80 in productivity per month, and you're showing your employees that you care about them.

00:53:21.310 --> 00:53:22.820 Jack Thomas: Thank you. That's awesome.

00:53:23.720 --> 00:53:25.499 Jack Thomas: And so Yvonne.

00:53:29.673 --> 00:53:30.200 Jack Thomas: oh, yeah.

00:53:30.530 --> 00:53:31.470 Jack Thomas: you'd

00:53:31.970 --> 00:53:37.056 Jack Thomas: giving that over your time. I mean to speak with us midnight in Europe.

00:53:37.710 --> 00:53:41.510 Jack Thomas: you know I was on a call early this morning with you and another business

00:53:41.540 --> 00:53:47.939 Jack Thomas: conversation. I'm just so impressed with your dedication, your professionalism.

00:53:48.240 --> 00:53:49.699 Jack Thomas: What is one thing

00:53:50.050 --> 00:53:50.730 Jack Thomas: that

00:53:51.010 --> 00:53:56.279 Jack Thomas: you would like to share? That would be from a mental wellness perspective. In these conversations we're having.

00:53:57.460 --> 00:54:13.010 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: Well, what I think is is very important because we talk about this, but I can also really realize that a lot of business owners don't know what to do right? Because you're in business because you're an expert in your business field. You're not an expert in mental health.

00:54:13.010 --> 00:54:30.519 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: but like Shauna saying, culture matters like Matt saying, you know it's at your fingertips. So I would say, if you're a business owner if you're listening, and you're wondering how to deal with this reach out to Jack because he can help you. That's the whole idea behind it. You do not have to figure this out on your own

00:54:30.911 --> 00:54:36.329 Yvonne Dam | Work Smart, Earn More, Live Better: but go seek help, because that's gonna make a difference for you and your business.

00:54:37.600 --> 00:54:44.149 Jack Thomas: Thank you. And just so, everybody knows. The the type of work that I'm doing today is what I call strategic design.

00:54:44.260 --> 00:54:59.709 Jack Thomas: So in strategic strategic design with business owners. We look at corporate benefits. I got a phone call today from an accounting firm in Connecticut. Hey, Lar, we have a situation on our retirement plan. We want to improve it. What can we do to retain our employees?

00:55:01.110 --> 00:55:21.270 Jack Thomas: At the same time I'm going to be bringing up the mental wellness, conversation. It's such an issue in this country right now. There are 5 States 5 that have provided short term disability by statute law. New York, New Jersey, are the best known in providing short term benefits, that if you're sick and you don't feel well after 8 days

00:55:21.370 --> 00:55:35.179 Jack Thomas: there's a state disability plan for you. Employees don't even know about it. There are 5 that have been around historical in the past 3 years. I think 9 more have added on, so the States are starting to recognize it. Federal government has not yet.

00:55:36.190 --> 00:55:45.119 Jack Thomas: ultimately that may be the play that happens. But right now we'll do it one state at a time, one business owner at a time. But we know that as a group

00:55:45.260 --> 00:55:51.560 Jack Thomas: right, that we can do this from a tactical perspective, bringing Yvonne in as a coach

00:55:52.530 --> 00:56:07.750 Jack Thomas: for the Ceos and for our management team. I've done this with her before, the CEO said. I want to change my culture and said, no problem. I strategically could implement different pieces. But now we need a tactical coach to manage that relationship.

00:56:07.800 --> 00:56:32.290 Jack Thomas: And it's not just one thing anymore. There's multiple tools that we as business owners, are now responsible. What we do with the happy spot we've already vetted out the people we will implement with you, and at the speed of light. If someone gives us the go, there's nothing we cannot do. There's nothing you know how I know I've self manifested to be here. Jack Thomas is blessed

00:56:32.340 --> 00:56:38.260 Jack Thomas: to have this good fortune of everybody being here. We're at the happy spot. We're coming to our end.

00:56:38.400 --> 00:56:45.529 Jack Thomas: We're going to be rounding out a little bit. I just want to say thank you to everybody that was here, and keep in mind

00:56:45.650 --> 00:56:58.269 Jack Thomas: the senses. We have 5 senses. I'm playing these sounds, Youtube, buy neural beats, not here to sell anything. But it's a great focusing for the sound. We used our eyes today we're using our

00:56:58.410 --> 00:57:06.229 Jack Thomas: words, but that sound can help center everything little things at the happy spot. Jack Thomas, wishing everyone a great day

00:57:06.400 --> 00:57:07.350 Jack Thomas: enjoy.

00:57:10.660 --> 00:57:11.540 Jack Thomas: Thank you.

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