Better Monday Podcast

Better Monday® Podcast by Sofokus

Better Monday® Podcast: talk about business, happy workplaces and digital culture

Better Monday® Podcast by Sofokus helps leaders, entrepreneurs, and other growth-minded people get up to full speed with a 360-degree view of happiness, work–life balance, and organizational responsibility. A new episode drops every two weeks, featuring guests from the most modern businesses and organizations around the world.

Better Monday Podcast host Milla Heikkilä

Hosted by Milla Kallio, Chief Happiness Officer & Partner

Milla Kallio is a happiness ambassador whose ultimate goal is to increase overall well-being. Whether at work or in her free time, she loves to see happy faces around her. At Sofokus, she can live out her passion and reinforce the message of happiness at work.

All Better Monday® Podcast episodes

20 | Pitfalls of hybrid work – Karoliina Jarenko

In the 20th episode of Better Monday podcast, Milla and her guest Karoliina Jarenko dive deeper into the meaning of hybrid work and its common dilemmas. Karoliina calls herself “The Handy Mandy of future work-life” as she has a very diverse background in consulting and organisational development. From this perspective, she shares her best tips on how to avoid desocialization and embrace humanity in the new era of hybrid workplaces. According to Karoliina, the future of work is human “I guess the big transformation is that the value of human work will be more and more based on humanity and creativity: thinking of each…

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19 | Unraveling hybrid work – Season 3 premiere

After a long summer break, we are excited to be back with the third season of Better Monday podcast! Season 3 turns a new leaf in the history of Better Monday, as all the episodes will solely concentrate on hybrid work and the new normal. Hybrid work is a fundamental part of the new normal The ability to choose how, when and where we work undoubtedly boosts our creativity, well-being, and sense of control. However, now that we are no longer forced to work from home and are free to return to the office, many of us might feel a…

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18 | Flexible work with Molly Johnson-Jones

On the 18th episode of Better Monday podcast, Milla is interviewing a lovely lady called Molly Johnson-Jones. Molly is an entrepreneur and one of the three co-founders of a 100 % remote company called Flexa careers. Flexa finds flexible companies and lists them on their webpage after verifying them. Flexa’s mission is to bring transparency into job hunting and help people find truly flexible jobs. In this episode, Milla and Molly dive deeper into flexible work and its benefits. What makes a better monday for Molly? Molly’s Mondays started to be better after she established her own company. Nowadays she doesn’t suffer…

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17 | Lauren Silver: Work and play

Work hard, play hard… That’s a quote Lauren Silver has probably heard a lot. But you know what? This saying is very much true of her! Lauren is a clown, an actress, and a facilitator. She runs her own company called PlayWell, which trains people to be more creative and playful towards their life and work. On the 17th Better Monday podcast episode, Milla had the absolute honor to talk with this lovely, and certainly the most graceful clown she has ever met! If you’ve ever wondered what play has to do with work, you’ll know after listening to this episode. What makes…

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16 | Adele Hawkes: Positive psychology

The 16th Better Monday podcast episode is touching a very interesting topic, which is positive psychology and how to use it in workplaces. For this episode Milla got the opportunity to interview Adele Hawkes, who works as positive psychology coach for both individuals and companies. The best kind of Mondays start with loads of optimism and excitement. Adele Hawkes For Adele, perfect Monday means starting the week with the ability to look forward to the whole week. This means loads of optimism and excitement, as well as the real idea of all the possibilities that the week might bring. Having a…

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15 | Bruce Wang from Netflix

For this episode we got the honor to interview Bruce Wang again! Bruce works as a Director of Engineering at Netflix and in the first episode with Bruce, we discovered recruiting and organizational culture at Netflix. This time Milla and Bruce dive into the theme of leadership. To have a strong Monday is to be able to reset the brain during the weekend. This is what Bruce said last time and he still believes in it strongly. That is why he sets away some time of the week only for him and his family. This could be spending time together hiking or exploring the city….

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14 | Miha Matlievski: Learning from failure

Why are people so often afraid of failure? Like one mistake could determine the whole life. But if you really think about it, many great things wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for failures. Failing helps us to determine whether an idea is good or not. When we fail fast, we simultaneously minimize the losses and are ready to quickly try something else, if the current strategy is not working. On this Better Monday® podcast episode Milla Heikkilä and Miha Matlievski talk about failing. Miha is a fail coach and his job is to help other entrepreneurs and organizations succeed with the…

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13 | Lori Mihalich-Levin: Work after parental leave

On the thirteenth episode of Better Monday podcast Milla Heikkilä and Lori Mihalich-Levin talk about the challenges facing especially new parents when returning to work after parental leave. Lori herself is a mother of two. She went through a struggle when she got back from maternity leave. She is a lawyer by profession, but she also helps new parents to adjust to the new situation with her company called Mindful Return. For Lori having a better Monday means two things Alone time over the weekend to recharge Having childcare “I was often crying on the kitchen floor. Both children were waking a lot…

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12 | Christmas special: Meditation

Usually, on Better Monday podcast we interview inspiring guests all over the world. This year we’ve had so many great guests and learned so much about them and their business culture. This won’t stop here, and we have some amazing guests coming up. But since Christmas time is right around the corner, we wanted to do something special. This time in the episode, we have warm and calming meditation to ease your stress. Take this time only for yourself because you definitely deserved it. Sit back, relax For this meditation, you don’t have to get into your yoga pants. The…

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11 | Camilla Tuominen: Emotions in workplace

Our second guest this season is Camilla Tuominen, who probably needs no further introduction (at least here in Finland). Camilla is a surprising combination of many things: a popular keynote speaker, author, illustrator, startup founder and business influencer. She is employing her versatile skills to help people in understanding and leading their emotions, as emotional intelligence is key to both personal and business success.  In this episode Camilla explains how both organizations and individuals can benefit from bringing emotions to the workplace. She also shares many great tips on how to be more productive by balancing out work tasks according to…

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10 | Jan-Philipp Martini: Mindfulness at work

Last season on Better Monday podcast we had the pleasure of hosting many inspiring guests with diverse backgrounds. We interviewed people from highly innovative companies such as Uber, Spotify and Netflix and discussed themes like diversity, recruiting and the future of work. The second season will continue with similar topics, aiming to increase the knowledge of happiness at work. Our first guest this season is Jan-Philipp Martini from Boston Consulting Group. Jan-Philipp, who loves nature and meditation, works as a consultant in agile transformation and leadership development. Together with his colleague, he has started a big mindfulness community at BCG. The community has raised…

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9 | Nitesh Agrawal: Remote team culture

“I clearly saw that remote is the future. Why not to build something upon this?” On his solo backpacking trip to Vietnam, Indiez founder Nitesh Agrawal met digital nomads from all around the world. He was amazed to hear their stories and convinced by their high levels of productivity and healthy work-life balance. “Why can’t everyone work like this?” he thought, and from that thought Indiez was born. Today Indiez is a platform company that hires freelance coders and designers from all over the world. It operates 100% remotely and after the acquisition with CrewScale, the organization offers work for…

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