Immersing Wellbeing into the Culture of Work with Dr. Richard Safeer

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About this Episode

Wellness is a crucial aspect of everyone’s life and, in turn, a key indicator of their performance and productivity in other parts of their lives. However, many organizations still see the workforce and the health of a workforce as mutually exclusive factors, offering generic wellness programs that do not effectively capture the health needs of their workforce.  

In this episode of the Edelheit Experience, Dr. Richard Safeer talks about weaving wellness into the very fabric of work. Dr. Richard Safeer, the Chief Medical Director of Employee Health and Wellbeing for John Hopkins Medicine, discusses what well-being culture is and how it is at variance with conventional workplace wellness models, and what employers must do to rethink wellness culture.  

Dr. Safeer, shares insights from his years of experience in medical practice and in the wellness space, providing recommendations to business owners and employers about remodeling their wellness programs to serve employees’ real wellness needs.  

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Key Takeaways from this Episode

“A wellbeing culture is that shared behavior, attitude, and beliefs around our wellbeing and health”

“It does not matter how many miles you go running, you’re still going to be stressed if your workplace is not supportive”

“I don’t look at health assessment as a tool that’s going to change employee behavior, we use it as a tool for planning and strategy; essentially, without such data, it's hard to know where you are starting and where you are going”

“Everybody’s wellbeing is important as the well-being of the organization rests on the well-being and health of the workforce”

“I am a big proponent of supporting internal incentives or motivations instead of offering external incentives”  


Richard Safeer

Dr. Safeer is Chief Medical Director of Employee Health andWell-being at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Safeer completed his Bachelor of Science in Nutrition at Cornell University before graduating from medical school at theState University of New York at Buffalo (magna cum laude). He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Franklin Square Hospital Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. After which, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the Virginia CommonwealthUniversity of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia. He is also certified in Clinical Lipidology. He’s achieved fellowship status in theAmerican Academy of Family Practice, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the American College of Preventive Medicine.

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