Treating Employees Like the Humans They Are with Nicole D’Uva

Wellness programs used to consist of little more than a quarterly step challenge and blood pressure checks. Not anymore. Now, experts like Nicole D’Uva, Associate Vice President of Employee Health and LifeWork Strategies for Adventist HealthCare, are elevating what it means to focus on wellbeing. In this episode, Nicole starts with the basics—how caring about your people allows them to bring their best selves to work. Next she dives into some actionable strategies you can implement for setting healthy boundaries and creating support systems. Listen in to learn how to make you and your team more effective by creating space for humanity to shine.

Guest Info

Nicole D'Uva, Associate Vice President of Employee Health & LifeWork Strategies - Adventist HealthCare

Nicole D’Uva serves as the Associate Vice President of Employee Health and LifeWork Strategies for Adventist HealthCare, one of the longest serving health system in the Washington D.C. region. In her role, Nicole manages Benefits, Occupational Health, Employee Assistance and Well-being programs for the health system. In addition, Nicole oversees LifeWork Strategies, a business unit within Adventist HealthCare that supports businesses and their employee populations in creating and sustaining healthy behaviors through integrated and comprehensive employee assistance and well-being programming at a national level.   

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she helped support Adventist HealthCare team members through childcare and transportation programs for essential workers, the creation of an expedited onboarding clinic, and benefit enhancements to remove barriers and stigmas associated with mental health care. As the pandemic continues, she has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the organization’s workforce stabilization efforts, including programs designed to combat burnout and increase resiliency.

 Nicole has a degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania and a strong background in corporate health and wellness. She has a master’s in business administration (MBA) from The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.


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Show Notes

Key takeaways from this episode:

  • If you truly care for your team and support their overall wellbeing, they’re able to bring their best selves to work
  • Set boundaries, communicate them, and then formulate a plan to honor them
  • Great leaders are self-aware enough to know their weaknesses and humble enough to admit them

What to listen for:

[02:54] Why care about your employees

[06:40] Setting boundaries and maintaining them

[10:58] Creating support systems to ensure meaningful change

[12:25] Why leaders can, and should, show their human sides

[15:49] Learning how to lead

[20:22] The evolution of wellness programs

[24:38] Nicole’s self-limiting story

[28:18] Quick questions with Nicole

[35:19] Nicole’s challenge to leaders for making a more human workplace


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