Workplace MVP: Thanksgiving Edition
Reflecting on the launch of Workplace MVP and its many guests over 2021, host Jamie Gassmann shares her gratitude for all who make the podcast a success, including guests, subject matter experts, listeners, and supporters. Workplace MVP is underwritten and presented by R3 Continuum and produced by the Minneapolis-St.Paul Studio of Business RadioX®.
About Workplace MVP
Every day, around the world, organizations of all sizes face disruptive events and situations. Within those workplaces are everyday heroes in human resources, risk management, security, business continuity, and the C-suite. They don’t call themselves heroes though. On the contrary, they simply show up every day, laboring for the well-being of employees in their care, readying the workplace for and planning responses to disruption. This show, Workplace MVP, confers on these heroes the designation they deserve, Workplace MVP (Most Valuable Professionals), and gives them the forum to tell their story. As you hear their experiences, you will learn first-hand, real-life approaches to readying the workplace, responses to crisis situations, and overcoming challenges of disruption. Visit our show archive here.
Workplace MVP Host Jamie Gassmann
In addition to serving as the host to the Workplace MVP podcast, Jamie Gassmann is the Director of Marketing at R3 Continuum (R3c). Collectively, she has more than fourteen years of marketing experience. Across her tenure, she has experience working in and with various industries including banking, real estate, retail, crisis management, insurance, business continuity, and more. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications with special interest in Advertising and Public Relations and a Master of Business Administration from Paseka School of Business, Minnesota State University.
R3 Continuum is a global leader in workplace behavioral health and security solutions. R3c helps ensure the psychological and physical safety of organizations and their people in today’s ever-changing and often unpredictable world. Through their continuum of tailored solutions, including evaluations, crisis response, executive optimization, protective services, and more, they help organizations maintain and cultivate a workplace of wellbeing so that their people can thrive. Learn more about R3c at www.r3c.com.
Intro: [00:00:04] Broadcasting from the Business RadioX Studios, it’s time for Workplace MVP. Workplace MVP is brought to you by R3 Continuum, a global leader in workplace behavioral health and security solutions. Now, here’s your host, Jamie Gassmann.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:25] Hi, everyone. It’s your host, Jamie Gassmann, here, and welcome to this special Thanksgiving edition of Workplace MVP. Thanksgiving is a time of year that gives us all an opportunity to stop and reflect on what we are thankful for and to celebrate key moments from the last year.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:44] So, in the spirit of giving thanks and celebration, I would like to share who I am thankful for and to celebrate some of the special moments we have had over the last seven months here on the Workplace MVP show.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:00:58] So, starting with giving thanks, I would like to give a big thank you to all of our Workplace MVP show guests. Thank you for sharing your time, your expertise, and your stories with us. You are a pivotal component to each episode and we appreciate you.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:01:16] And along with that, a big thank you to our listeners for your continued support of our podcast and for sharing your suggestions for topics and workplace MVPs with us. This show is for all of you. We go into each and every episode hoping to inspire you and to introduce you to a new resource, tool, or idea for how to better navigate the complexities and challenges you, as a business leader, face within the workplace.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:01:44] Also, I can’t forget to give thanks to our producer, John Ray, at Business RadioX, and Arlia Hoffman, you are my right and left hands in this show. Thank you for your guidance and support over the last seven months.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:01:58] And a special thank you to our show sponsor, R3 Continuum. In particular, I would like to thank the President of R3 Continuum, Jim Mortensen, for his support and contributions to the show. And to the subject matter experts at R3 Continuum: Dr. George Vergolias, Medical Director, Dr. Tyler Arvig, Associate Medical Director; and Jeff Gorter, Vice-President of Crisis Response Clinical Services, for sharing their expertise on the educational playbooks.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:02:27] Now, for celebrating firsts and some key successes, wow, what a fun year we have had so far. I know there’s only a month left, but we have had a lot of great firsts that have happened on our show. I’d like to first celebrate the launch of Workplace MVP, which took place on April 1st. And since that date, we have recorded a total of 37 shows and 17 live shows, giving us the opportunity to celebrate and showcase 46 workplace MVPs.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:02:59] These MVPs represent various industries and businesses of all sizes. And in addition to the shows, we have released 17 educational playbooks showcasing leadership tips across various topics that have been provided by our show sponsor, R3 Continuum. We also held our first in-person live event at this year’s SHRM Annual Conference, where we interviewed over 20 amazingly talented H.R. leaders and professionals right inside R3 Continuum’s booth on the exhibit floor at the conference.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:03:32] And across all of our episodes, we have covered some amazing topics that workplaces are navigating daily. So, I wanted to take a moment to share with you all the variety of content that we’ve provided throughout this year on the show.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:03:47] Now, looking out over the last seven months, we have covered second chance hiring, hiring of veterans, navigating the challenges of COVID, workplace violence, return to office, will it be hybrid, remote, or onsite in the office, leading through crisis situations, how to create a culture people stay at and thrive in, leave of absence management, mental health in the workplace.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:04:17] And coming the first week of December, we will be releasing our final episode of the year, which covers workplace trends in 2021, which includes the great reshuffle, diversity, equity, inclusion, and employees with an entrepreneurial spirit. And along with that, our guests on that show covers some things to expect going into 2022 for H.R. leaders.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:04:45] In honor of the 9/11 20th Anniversary, we also had the privilege and honor to interview Army Colonel (Retired) Garland Williams, who shared with us his survival and recovery story from being stationed and working in the Pentagon on the day of 9/11 when the terrorist attacks happened. Personally, I know that this will be an interview I will never forget, just like we will never forget the events of that day.
Jamie Gassmann: [00:05:08] And there’s been so many memorable moments over 2021 on the Workplace MVP podcast, and I’m so thankful. And I look forward to the many moments we will continue to have and the amazing workplace MVPs we will continue to celebrate on our show. So, definitely stay tuned. From all of us here at Workplace MVP, thank you and we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season.