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The Wellbeing-Engagement Paradox of 2020

The ”Wellbeing-Engagement Paradox” shows that working from home during the pandemic intensified  levels of engagement and negative emotions. Leaders need to help employees “capitalize on the advantages of working from home, while actively working to reduce sources of exceptional stress and worry”

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How can you increase your emotional intelligence?

The ability to recognize and manage a negative or “hot” emotional reaction in yourself or others is an important aspect of effective leadership and interpersonal relationship building.  This “Emotional Intelligence” can be achieved through multiple and deliberate behaviors including “slower breathing” when you become emotional.

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Study: Excessive Mindfulness May Backfire

Mindful strategies such as breathing exercises, body scans and meditation suggest short-term benefits of expanded capacity for emotional regulation, reduction in stress and anxiety and improved productivity.  However, long-term consequences could bring enhanced attention to emotions resulting in panic attacks, depression and a sense of disassociation.

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Employee Mental Health Continues to Plummet

Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, employee mental health is at an all-time low. In addition to concerns directly related to the disease, mental and emotional well-being have become top concerns as restrictions and closures upended typical daily routines and lifestyles.

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The Crusade For Employee Experience: How Did We Get Here?

Companies are actively designing their Employee Experience (EX) to increase employee productivity and to “power the brand of their company”.  Today’s strategy includes safe work place protocols, flexible scheduling, employee learning as well as pay, leave time, and benefits.

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80% of U.S. Workers Lack High Resilience

Global Workplace Study 2020 shows that only 19% of US workers are highly resilient, able to bounce back and work through challenging circumstances or events at work. Company leaders can cultivate resiliency through trust, an energizing work environment and treating their employees as “grown -ups”.

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Positive Work Cultures Boosts Productivity and Health

A positive work culture consists of fostering good co-worker relationships, valuing employee health and well-being and training managers to motivate and encourage their employees.  This is the key to helping organizations achieve better employee performance, improved productivity and lower healthcare costs.

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2 Local Surveys Ask About Today and Tomorrow

The research division of the Anthology Marketing Group conducted two statewide polls in October and November: The BOSS Survey of 413 local business owners and senior executives, and the 808 Poll of 502 members of the general public. Here’s what we learned.

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What Can We Do Now?

Researchers and Leaders share how America can heal and become a more inclusive, cohesive, just and compassionate society. Explore the wonders of life, recognize democracy as sacred, be a good citizen and lean into curiosity are post 2020 election recommendations.

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Common Humanity Meditation

10 Minutes of Daily Common Humanity Meditation to discover and acknowledge the similarities between ourselves and others will become the basis of real connection.  Follow the 8 Mindfulness Exercises created by Sean Fargo, former Buddhist monk!

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Change Fatigue Is Threatening Your Business

In response to current and anticipated change fatigue and burnout, it’s critical for leaders to mitigate the impacts of emotional distress by providing access to resources and cognitive skill-building that will facilitate bringing our organizations back to health.

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Burnout Self-Test

Burnout occurs when passionate, committed people become deeply disillusioned with a job or career from which they have previously derived much of their identity and meaning. It comes as the things that inspire passion and enthusiasm are stripped away, and tedious or unpleasant things crowd in.

This tool can help you check yourself for burnout.

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Keys to Well Being

These are Greater Good's ten building blocks of individual and community well-being — the behaviors that research suggests will support your health and happiness, and foster positive connections with other people.

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Telehealth

With COVID-19 around, telehealth lets you check in with your physician, using a smartphone, tablet, computer, or other technology while keeping you safe at home. Call your physician’s office to find out what telehealth services they offer.

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Start Meditating!

Whether it’s by reducing stress, improving sleep, increasing focus, or improving relationships, research shows meditation works. Try these three steps today and start meditating!

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