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Grief & opening up in a remote-working world

feat. April Hoffbauer, VP of People at Maze

In this episode...

April’s always been an advocate for taking care of your mental health. But she also knows how easily mental health can slip down your list of priorities—which is exactly what happened to her. After caring for a loved one for a long time, a period of grief made her take the conscious decision to care for herself.

Discover how April thinks we can all contribute to normalising conversations about mental health in both remote and on-site workplaces, and why emotional support works better for more employees when it’s varied to suit a range of emotional styles.

You’ll also hear about the most common mental health struggles April has seen in her remote workplace, and what the People team at Maze are doing to help employees manage and overcome them. This includes a discussion about their famous unlimited time off policy, and how a forward-thinking policy like this can work in practice.

About the guest

April is VP of People at hypergrowth start-up Maze. She’s passionate about equality and results at remote companies, and has worked in similar positions at GitLab and Concordia University. She was born and raised in Nebraska, home of the Great Plains, where she still lives today.

About Oliva

Oliva is the UK & Europe's #1 rated employee mental wellbeing benefit.

We help companies respond to the pivotal moments that impact mental wellbeing at work and beyond—driving employee retention and exceptional effort.

We do this by:

  • Empowering individuals to take control of their mental wellbeing
  • Developing manager emotional intelligence
  • Helping HR teams create org-wide psychological safety