worksite wellness and community,
with linda brandt
Linda Brandt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a self-declared "practical renegade community builder." By day, Linda promotes healthy workplaces at Hennepin County Public Health, including Hennepin County Health@Work which provides low and no cost employee health promotion to human resources professionals. The health department she works at in Minnesota was looking for ways to improve rush hour congestion around the area, and having more employees work from home was a solution to that problem, so she's happy to skip the bus ride and packing lunches part of her trip to the office every day. She's embracing the work-from-home lifestyle and invests in equipment that helps her stay comfortable while working such as LifeSpan treadmill desk, stability mat for when standing, and a shoulder strap for posture.
In this episode, Linda talks about how being a community builder comes naturally for her and what that looks like as somone who works from home yet still has a drive to get together with people. Linda works from home, as does her partner; but they have different personalities and lines of work but do still try to get an occasional walk in when possible. She also uses a peer accountability website called Focusmate with over 7000 sessions and has other people she talks with on the phone while taking walks. Linda's currently planning on a Treadmill Desk Race coming up on August 19th with Justin Higgins (see episode 39 on the Yes, I Work From Home podcast).
Linda is also deeply involved in a growing network of Lean In circles inspired by Sheryl Sandberg's book, "Lean In." The Lean In Together MSP Network has grown from 12 people nine years ago to over 7,000 across six continents, and Linda helped grow this locally and globally through a LinkedIn group of 6,300 members. This positive community building experience motivated her to build and manage Health@Work’s LinkedIn group and five subgroups on the virtual coworking platform Focusmate.
If you'd like to connect with Linda, you can find her on LinkedIn and Facebook.
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