Sustainable Mental Health at Work & Better Work w/ Dr Nicole Tschierske (#43) | STEAM Powered

Sustainable Mental Health at Work & Better Work w/ Dr Nicole Tschierske (#43) | STEAM Powered

Dr Nicole Tschierske is a scientist and positive psychology coach who helps experts and teams in STEM do better work.

Nicole works with her clients improve their collaboration and communication skills so their work gets the momentum and recognition it deserves. She also helps construct ways of working that reduce stress, increase motivation and engagement, and deliver results.

Nicole lives in Hamburg, Germany, holds a PhD in chemistry and is trained in coaching, positive psychology, change management, and advanced problem-solving.

When she’s not buried in research papers and books you can find her taking long hikes in the German countryside or mesmerised by Mary Poppins on the screen.

In our conversation, we talk about Nicole’s STEM journey, sustainable mental health in the workplace, and how we can do better work.

Show Notes:

[00:00:46] Nicole’s beginnings in Food Sciences.
[00:02:39] An applied science that was more closely connected to everyday life.
[00:03:32] The scope of food chemistry.
[00:06:07] Researching deodorants for her PhD.
[00:06:34] How base formulations interact with other active ingredients.
[00:12:04] The transition from front-end to facilitator.
[00:12:22] Organisational restructuring leading to ’bore-out’.
[00:13:39] Looking to be inspired again and to regain direction.
[00:14:08] Inspired to keep others inspired and to facilitate positive change management.
[00:15:10] Job demands-resources model.
[00:17:02] Managing work-life balance overlap.
[00:17:42] ’Life’ time is not recovery time from being depleted at work. Work should not deplete you.
[00:20:13] It’s in the company’s best interest to consider these factors.
[00:20:39] How we make Better Work.
[00:20:43] Stress and motivation factors in the workplace.
[00:24:48] Improvements need to take the whole organisational system into account. Problems cannot be addressed in isolation.
[00:27:00] Where to begin.
[00:27:16] Stress and resilience training.
[00:27:58] Identify the factors.
[00:30:20] Next steps for the organisations.
[00:31:01] Ensuring your initiatives are effective and address the issues.
[00:35:30] Initiatives need to be measurable to gauge effectiveness.
[00:36:49] Pairing quantitative data with qualitative data to find out what you need to know. Go fishing.
[00:37:43] The human side of problem solving.
[00:37:58] It’s just as valuable to find the root causes of success and not just failure.
[00:40:00] Growing the organisation culturally.
[00:41:03] Aligning your brand identity with your organisational culture.
[00:42:58] How dire it is when we come to expect the lack of correlation between public perception of a company and internal operations and values.
[00:44:55] What Nicole enjoys most about the work.
[00:45:02] Mary Poppins as a model.
[00:45:38] Facilitating and empowering people on their own journey.
[00:48:35] Bonus Question 1: What hobby or interest do you have that is most unrelated to your field of work?
[00:50:09] Bonus Question 2: Which childhood book holds the strongest memories for you?
[00:50:13] Carl Hagenbeck.
[00:52:08] Bonus Question 3: What advice you would give someone who wants to do what you do? Or what advice should they ignore?
[00:53:51] Finding out more about Nicole and their work.

Connect with STEAM Powered:

How To Cure A Workout Hangover

Like all good things, your workout too can come with its very own hangover; overdo it on the track or at the gym and you might wake up to some very sore and aching muscles the next morning. Do you wear sore muscles as a badge of honor, or does it put a spanner in your plans for the day ahead? Whatever you relationship with pain, the post workout hangover, or DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) as it is medically termed, is a reality you may need to work your way through- no matter how fit or active you may be.

Mind Sorcerer – Alternative Magic For The Mind

The mind is a very powerful element of your body. It needs refreshing, rejuvenation and constant motivation to enable its owner to achieve great heights. Learn how to rejuvenate your mind with expert advice and solutions.

Cowboy Adventures During the Wild West

Cowboys on horseback wearing wide-brimmed Stetsons, bandannas around their necks and spurs that jingled on their boots played an important role in the settling of the West. They helped to run ranches, herded cattle, repaired fences and buildings, took care of the horses and worked on cattle drives. Working long hours they drove the cattle from one watering place to the next, they had to guard against predators, straying cattle, and stampedes at night. For his hard and dirty work, a cowboy earned between $25 and $40 a month.

Microplastics and How to Reduce Ingesting Them in Your Food and Drink

Microplastics, tiny bits of plastic, are in the seas, rivers, and air. Every year, the often microscopic fragments drift around on the wind. They enter all living creatures. Because plastic is not natural, it does not decay away. It’s in the food we eat, but here’s how to eat less of them in your food and avoid microbead containing products. If you wish to go further than that, read our suggested ways to help reduce microplastics in your home and globally.

LED Lighting Benefits for Your Home

LED lights are all the rage these days – and for good reason! They’re super long-lasting, and don’t contain any toxic chemicals like mercury, so they’re great choices both environmentally and financially. But if you’re thinking about replacing your old lighting with LED lighting, you might have some questions about how to do it right!