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The Work–Life Sounding Board at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, hopes to reach employees across campus with its new podcast. The sounding board aims to connect, engage, and support staff in balancing the demands of work and life. It is sponsored by Human Resources and facilitated by Thomas Cruise, a coordinator in the Veterans Success Center, and Lori Smith, assistant director of Student Disability Services.

The sounding board published its second podcast episode May 19 ahead of the June 1 return to campus deadline for staff. Cruise and Smith invited Mary Lucal, associate vice chancellor for human resources, for a conversation about transitioning from telecommuting back to the office and the different ways employees may experience that transition.

The first podcast, published in March, featured Danielle Bohn, Be Well employee wellness coordinator. Bohn discussed how work–life balance can change over time, how to recognize when your work–life balance is not in check, and the eight dimensions, or components, that make up wellness.

Cruise and Smith plan to host at least two to three podcast episodes each semester, with the next one likely to be released at the start of the fall semester. Employees can email ideas for future podcasts to Cruise and Smith at and

Employees are encouraged to listen to the podcast at their convenience. Both episodes are available online.

Listen to Work-Life Sounding Board Podcast episode 1

Listen to Work-Life Sounding Board Podcast episode 2


Lisa Leko (865-974-8698,