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Fit For Duty

Health & Wellness Podcasts

Fit for Duty is a podcast for anyone involved or interested in the health care industry, from health care providers and clinicians to businesses and their employees. Each episode tackles a different topic as we invite experts to give their insights and advice — from corporate wellness, technology and personal health to the challenges of delivering quality care to globally mobile populations.

Fit for Duty is a podcast for anyone involved or interested in the health care industry, from health care providers and clinicians to businesses and their employees. Each episode tackles a different topic as we invite experts to give their insights and advice — from corporate wellness, technology and personal health to the challenges of delivering quality care to globally mobile populations.


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Fit for Duty is a podcast for anyone involved or interested in the health care industry, from health care providers and clinicians to businesses and their employees. Each episode tackles a different topic as we invite experts to give their insights and advice — from corporate wellness, technology and personal health to the challenges of delivering quality care to globally mobile populations.






Fit for Duty #18: The impact of future health care trends on the world of work

In this episode, Lorien Norden is joined by Dr Charushilla Thadani, Medical Director, Aetna International, who explains: Start discovering the trends at play. Find out which ones could impact your health and well-being benefits, your communications strategy and your cultural strategy. Aetna International is a global health and wellness benefits provider, but we're more than just an insurance safety net. Our skill lies in delivering the tools, services and resources that help drive health...


Fit for Duty #17: The shifting balance of power and the new rules of global mobility

Getting the right people into the right roles in the right location is much trickier than it used to be. The values, needs and expectations of talent are changing rapidly and there are new working models, policies and governance frameworks that organisations need to continue to develop to so they can make fast, agile decisions. Our guests discuss the shift required by leadership to support, develop and get the best out of team members. Lorien Norden is joined by Marc Burrows, Head of Global...


Fit For Duty #16: The ‘War for Talent’ - Part Two

In this episode, Lorien Norden concludes a two-part discussion with Bradley Honnor, Founder & Managing Director, MatchFit and Adele McKenzie-Smith, Senior HR Leader, Aetna International about the way in which organisations are having to adapt their culture, policies and benefits to ensure they’re retaining and attracting talent in a continued period of change. Click below to listen to the first part of this conversation: Fit For Duty #15: The ‘War for Talent’ - Part One Aetna...


Fit for Duty Podcast Memo Episode - The trends and influences shaping employee health, well-being and corporate culture

In this special Memo episode, we’re looking back over the first half of 2021 to bring you a round-up of some of the most insightful expert opinions from our recent podcast episodes. These excerpts shed light on some of the most notable trends and influences that will continue to shape employee health and well-being and corporate culture in the coming months and years. This includes shifts in attitudes towards health care tech, self-care, the influence of social connectedness on our health...


Fit For Duty #15: The ‘War for Talent’ - Part One

There’s no denying that today, organisations need to have a distinct competitive advantage when it comes to retaining and attracting talent. Not only do business owners, senior leaders and HR teams need to manage the nuances of the new hybrid work environment, but workers are also putting them under pressure. They expect their employers to live and breathe their purpose, develop collaborative, diverse, inclusive cultures, leverage new technologies and help their people manage their health,...


Fit For Duty #14: Comorbidity at work - improving care management strategies to meet employee needs

In this episode, Lorien Norden is joined by workplace health consultant, adviser and author Jesse Lahey and Aetna International’s Global Medical Director, vHealth, Dr Nairah Rasul-Syed to discuss comorbidity. The interplay between conditions is undeniable, but often not front-of-mind when trying to help individuals. Our guests explain how various conditions affect each other, how mental health can damage physical health and vice versa and why whole-person health is essential when tackling...


Fit For Duty #13: Next-generation HR in a world changed by pandemic

Coach and author Nicolai Tillisch joins Lorien Norden to discuss the changing role of HR. The episode examines how HR teams need to (and can) adapt to ongoing changes to workplaces – accelerated by the pandemic: distributed and hybrid teams, financial uncertainty, mental health challenges and employee demand. Nicolai outlines his Return On Ambition model of career development, personal growth, work-life-well-being balance to help HR teams as they support their people. Aetna International is...


Fit For Duty #12: Anxiety, stress and depression – tackling workplace mental health during and after the pandemic

Smriti Joshi, Lead Psychologist at Wysa and Cara McNulty, Head of Behavioural Health at CVS join Lorien Norden to discuss supporting the spectrum of mental health needs in the workplace. It’s just over a year on from the onset of the pandemic, and the world over has seen a rise of short- and long-term mental health conditions. How are organisations continuing to adapt their culture and strategies to help those with signs of low lying mental ill health, such as stress and sleep disturbances,...


Fit For Duty #11: Coronanomics: Post-Covid predictions for economies, productivity, consumer trends and health care

Macroeconomics expert, Professor Graeme Leach discusses how the pandemic could continue to impact global economies and productivity, change consumer habits and accelerate innovation. As CEO of Macronomics - a macroeconomic, geopolitical and future megatrends research consultancy and author of the report Coronanomics – he addresses the positive and negative shocks of the pandemic. Graeme also covers the forces shaping the health care industry, inflation rates, manufacturing, global mobility,...


Fit For Duty #10: The Corporate Wellness trends Hitting the Mainstream in 2021

Lorien Norden discusses workplace health and wellness trends with Dr Hemal Desai and Simon Miller. How can employers pivot to create a culture of well-being in today’s fluid world to ensure the health, happiness and productivity of their people wherever they’re working from? Our experts offer their opinions, insights and advice.


Fit For Duty #9: Covid-19 and productivity - the REAL impact on the workplace

With lockdown restrictions being re-imposed across many countries, new insights from four major global markets have revealed the significant impact they’re having on office worker performance and productivity. Lorien Norden discusses COVID-19 and productivity with Head of Health Services Kate Karwelies.


Fit For Duty #8: Giving back: the importance of looking after your back in a sedentary world

For this episode of our award-nominated podcast, Dr Sneh Khemka returns, this time to mark World Spine Day. Sneh and our host, Lorien Norden, discuss musculoskeletal conditions (MSK), the second largest contributor to disability - with low-back pain being is the biggest cause. This insightful conversation includes the role of primary care in helping to tackle MSK, treatments such as laser spine surgery and what people can do to avoid musculoskeletal conditions.


Fit For Duty #7: Mental health in the time of Covid-19 and beyond

For World Mental Health Day, Dr Sneh Khemka discusses how the pandemic is affecting people’s mental health as the fight to erode mental health stigma around the world continues. We also cover how mental health affects the body, the self-help revolution and the influence of community and social connectedness on our overall mental health. Sneh also explains what forward thinking companies are doing in the mental health space.


Fit For Duty #6: Hiding in plain sight… heart disease in the time of COVID-19

Heart disease – or cardiovascular disease (CVD) – is the world’s biggest killer, responsible for approximately 30% of global deaths. To mark World Heart Day (29th September 2020), we speak to Dr Sneh Khemka to discuss how COVID-19 and lifestyle choices impact CVD, why mortality and patient figures are hard to pin down, global trends, and the critical steps governments and employers can take to help individuals build good heart health.


Fit For Duty #5: Every cloud... Will the pandemic drive healthier work practices and adoption of health care tech?

Aetna International’s Caroline Pain (Senior Vice President, Customer Proposition) and Dr Hemal Desai (Global Medical Director) discuss the findings of our new survey which asks: is workplace digital tech making employees ill or enabling better health? And will the Covid-19 pandemic increase adoption of digital tech to support health and well-being at work? They also discuss practical ways companies can use digital tech to support employee well-being.


Fit For Duty #4: World No Tobacco Day

Lorien Norden and Dr Sneh Khemka discuss the many issues surrounding tobacco use around the world. The episode covers changing trends in tobacco use around the world, the impact on individuals and health care systems, and what we know about ‘vaping’ and its effects. Sneh talks about smoking in the context of the global pandemic, how it is a great opportunity to stop smoking and offers advice for those looking to quit.


Fit For Duty #3: Corporate wellness trends in 2020 and beyond

Simon Miller and Lorien Norden discuss the emerging trends in corporate health and well-being, from new tech and changes in investment to shifting attitudes to wellness in the workplace. In this 45-minute episode, Simon also explains how businesses can use new and changing ideas to help their employees on the path to better health — including the importance of purpose, social connectedness, financial well-being and access to the right mental health tools. Finally, Simon provides valuable...


Fit For Duty #2: Tackling employee health inertia – the role of corporate wellness

In this 30-minute episode, Simon Miller (Senior Director, Customer Proposition, Aetna International) explains what organisations gain by implementing corporate wellness programs, and discusses how they can support their employees to overcome ‘health inertia’ to be happier, healthier and more productive. Simon answers questions about the roles of workforce data analysis, communication and measurement in corporate wellness, and examines how international organisations can cater to different...


Fit For Duty #1: Health care trends in 2020 and beyond

Dr Anushka Patchava discusses her predictions for 2020 and beyond and reflects on a number of emerging health care trends, from technology such as virtual health to shifting attitudes to mental health. Podcast Transcript Link Useful links: Expat social determinants report 2019: How living abroad impacts employee health and well-beingInternational health care trends 20195 ways Aetna International is embracing the health care revolutionHow personalisation is transforming health care