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Leading through the course of the pandemic is undeniably overwhelming. With the large portion of the workforce currently on a remote setup, the line between morale and productivity is even more dangerously thin.

During these unprecedented times, the role of human resources is critical than ever. Aside from ensuring that your teams are practically safe and secure, you have to also be on a lookout for their mental well-being.

Thus for the second episode of the Level Up! Podcast, we have invited mental health advocate Zarah Hernaez to dive into the realm of mental wellness. She discussed how to deal with stress and anxiety and how meditation can ultimately improve your brainwave state. Also, she gets real about the Breadwinner Mentality culture in the Philippines and why it affects one’s long-term wellness.

Zarah also sheds light on businesses pivoting to the new normal. She advised every HR leader to revisit their organizational policies, redefine their structures, and review their benefits.

Heightened transparency is also needed to ensure that these decisions are well-communicated from top to bottom. Adapting to the new framework will also dictate what particular skill sets to hire and what kind of leadership is going to work best in the future.

About the guest: Zarah Hernaez is a Certified Mental Health First Aider, and a Certified Counselor and Trainer. Zarah spends 80% of her time counseling professionals with mental health issues. She has 24 years of experience in HR and is a crisis management consultant to some of the largest conglomerates, such as the Ayala Group, PLDT, SM Group, and the Lopez Group.

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