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May 2020

By Madison Hanscom, PhD The future of work is here, and it is more flexible than the past. As a result of COVID-19, many individuals are working from home. A recent estimate was that a third of Americans are completing their jobs in a remote capacity. This has major implications for those who work in teams, and this begs the question - what does it take to be a great virtual team member? Fortunately, researchers have looked into this question. In a study examining what it takes to be a virtual team player, 175 individuals with expertise in virtual teamwork and 205

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By Dale Lawrence There is ample evidence that most organizations see productivity gains when their workers are able to work in a flexible environment, whether entirely based in their home-office or flex between the office and their home. This doesn’t mean everything is rosy and the recent and sudden movement home during the pandemic saw many workers having to share workspace with their families. This wasn’t ideal but necessary. However, now that most businesses are beginning their journey to work in the new normal, it is time to evaluate one aspect that can provide real savings for your business. Flex Work

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By Brie DeLisiHave the last few months felt like a rollercoaster? It is time for us to embrace the new normal, in which nothing is ‘normal’ anymore. This blog series will explore options for returning to the office (or not), what the new workplace might look like, and how to best prepare for what might be a long period of uncertainty.For the physical work environments, we’ll need to consider how to best structure the new office, or whether we want our workforce to return to an office setting at all. The key to approaching this process is to identify options

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D. During a time of uncertainty, many of us fall into unhealthy thought patterns. A recent study uncovered just how much Americans are struggling with mental health this year. Compared to 2018, those sampled in 2020 were eight times more likely to report indicators related to serious mental illness (1). A common tendency when dealing with stress is to ruminate on stressors. Will my loved ones get sick? When will the economy be back to normal? When will my children go back to school? What will happen to my career? These thoughts are normal, but they can stir

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D.People are increasingly distracted, tired, frustrated, and stressed out in dealing with COVID. This is particularly true with working or returning to work. It’s hard for people to stay focused on the job when they’re constantly reminded about rising death tolls and dropping stock markets. This has consequences for mental health but also physical safety. People are 60-80% more likely to be injured on the job when they are stressed out (according to the American Psychological Association).One tool to combat this is cognitive rebooting. Rebooting your thinking is like rebooting your computer when it doesn’t work. Clinical psychologists use this

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By Madison Hanscom, Ph.D. The current pandemic is shining a spotlight on mental health. Individuals are experiencing extreme mental distress and uncertainty — demonstrating a need for greater attention to this topic [1]. There have also been concerns that the new realities of this time, such as social isolation and loneliness, are creating a troublesome environment for many individuals because these are risk factors linked with suicide and substance abuse [2]. Another part of the conversation should be industry. People spend about a third of their day on average working; this time adds up quickly [3]. Industry is an important factor to

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