[Podcast] Ep37: Adobe’s Approach to Employee Wellness

Health and wellness are seldom the first priority of large multinational corporations, but that’s not the case with Adobe. In this episode I speak with Kris Herrera who is the Global Employee Services Manager for Adobe, and I also speak with Todd Kopriva who is the product manager for Adobe’s visual effects and motion graphics applications which includes Adobe After Effects and its kin. We discuss what is wrong with most corporate cultures as far as their approach to health for their employees as well as the ways that Adobe is changing that.

Topics of conversation include:

– Adobe’s definition of “wellness”

– How Kris and Adobe have reshaped their employees’ ability to eat healthy foods at the office

– How to avoid “burn out” by feeding yourself the proper fuel

– Adobe’s Fitbit program for every one of their employees

– Todd’s strategy for racking up TONS of steps on the FiP Fitbit Leaderboard

– Building “awareness” by quantifying your activity and caloric intake (i.e. step 2)

– Todd’s experience as an endurance athlete and ultra-marathon runner

– Todd’s realistic and practical approach to including steps into his daily routine

– How increased activity can “loosen you up” and increase your ability to perform on the job

– Using standing desks, treadmill desks, and even elliptical bike desks

– Incorporating The Sitting Solution into your daily routine

– How just standing all day is almost as unhealthy as sitting all day

– Keyboard & mouse ergonomics as related to repetitive stress injuries

– How you can change the culture at your office to be more like Adobe’s

– Incorporating standing and activity into meetings to enhance group productivity

If you prefer to read the interview, click here to view the transcript.

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Useful Links:

The Sitting Solution

My podcast with the creators of ‘The Sitting Solution’

Adobe’s list of health & wellness resources

Kris Herrera on LinkedIn

Todd Kopriva on Twitter

Show Credits:

This episode was edited by Kristin Martinand the show was executive produced by Kanen FlowersWe are a member of the THAT STUDIO podcast network.

The music in the opening and closing of the show is courtesy of Dorian Cheah from his brilliant album ARA.

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Zack Arnold (ACE) is an award-winning Hollywood film editor (Cobra Kai, Empire, Burn Notice, Unsolved, Glee), a documentary director, father of 2, and the creator of the Optimize Yourself program. He helps ambitious creative professionals and entrepreneurs DO better and BE better. “Doing” better means learning how to more effectively manage your time, your energy, and your creativity so you can produce higher quality work in less time (and ultimately become a productivity ninja). “Being” better means doing all of the above while still prioritizing the most important people, things, and passions in your life…all without sacrificing your health (or sanity) in the process. Click to download Zack’s “Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Creativity (And Avoiding Burnout).”