The Talent Economy Podcast
Recharging as a Team
For those of us who continue to work remotely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve come to enjoy the flexibility that comes from it. But for many of us, there’s also a flip side: seemingly endless Zoom calls, lack of socializing, and an all-around feeling of burnout. In this episode, we speak with Scott Domann, Chief People Officer of Calm, the software company behind one of the leading mindfulness and meditation apps, about how the company is working hard to make sure its own employees benefit from Calm’s wellness philosophy.
Domann joined Calm as the first CPO in July 2020, overseeing people, learning, development, recruitment, and operations. Domann, who holds a master’s degree in psychology and industrial organization from NYU, previously led HR teams at Honey, Netflix, Spotify, and Facebook. In his work, Domann strives to create corporate cultures founded in inclusion, creativity, and positive action, and to raise the bar for building world-class teams.
In this episode, he discusses the mindfulness practices that he has picked up since he began working at Calm, why having a high emotional quotient is so important, and the tools that Calm offers to help people develop a mindful leadership style. He also shares steps that HR leaders can take to promote a culture of wellness in their companies, and how admitting, “I don’t know,” can be a powerful management tool.
Some Questions Asked:
- What was it like to become CPO so early in the pandemic and lead people through a time of transition while you yourself were onboarding?
- Was this your first time working remotely?
- Can you tell me how Calm for Business works?
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- The mindfulness practices that Calm incorporates into its companywide daily routine.
- How Calm implemented mental health days, so everyone on the team could recharge at once.
How HR leaders at companies that are new to talking about mental and emotional well-being can start the conversation.