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By Kelly Cave and Madison Hanscom While the act of social distancing is crucial in reducing the spread of COVID-19, being separated from human contact can have detrimental effects on mental health and overall wellbeing. The reason people struggle with isolation is that humans evolved as social beings. In other words, we form groups and organizations that extend beyond our individual selves and these groups help us survive. When we are deprived of the social interactions we have evolved to become dependent upon, we become socially isolated. Social isolation has been studied by psychologists for decades, and findings are consistent: isolation has

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman While your leadership team may be in crisis mode and navigating the best decisions for your people and the business, management is pivoting their teams and adapting leadership styles to a remote workforce. As noted in Part One of this blog series, effective communication is crucial to coaching employees--but remote coaching strategies do not end there. A truly successful approach to remotely coaching a workforce also involves bolstering the mental vitality of your team for better productivity and overall happiness. With this aim in mind, here are 6 additional tips for coaching a remote workforce: 7. Highlight what’s going well. It

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By Martin Royal As many organizations prepare to encourage their workforce to work remotely, the change of work environment has the potential to impact employee's perception of the organization, of the leaders and of each other. It can be tricky to maintain a level of communication and trust when new remote workers are finding themselves working with other remote colleagues in multiple locations and time zones. One factor that could determine how well your team will work remotely together is that of trust, or the lack of it. How do you maintain trust in a remote environment during a crisis? Encourage your team

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman Are you working remotely and finding it hard to focus on work tasks? While frustrating, this lack of focus is completely normal. The reason for your wandering attention is because our brains have a limited conscious capacity. Translation: we can only focus on a small number of things at once. When you work in an office environment, there are of course distractions, but the distractions in an office are usually (mostly) work-related. At home, your two worlds are colliding, and the diversions are multiplied. You may be feeling overwhelmed with task switching between work and home/life demands--and you’re not alone.

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman It’s understandable that many leaders who are new to this likewise relatively novel practice may need some clear and concise suggestions to help them navigate their way through coaching a remote workforce. In coaching, effective communication is a requirement and is arguably the most important tool a leader can possess. That’s why Part One of this two-part series is going to focus solely on tips to facilitate better communication. In part two, we’ll broaden our focus and dive into more generalized, but equally important remote coaching strategies. 6 Tips for Impactful Coaching Communication With Your Remote Workforce 1. Simple and Clear. With

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By Julia Borges Virtual Work and COVID-19 If our world wasn’t already virtual, it sure is now. Amidst the novel COVID-19 pandemic that has completely changed the way the world works, businesses are faced with the challenge of staying connected in a virtual world. Many businesses may already be comfortable with working virtually, as this is has become increasingly popular over the years, but for some businesses, this way of working is uncharted territory. With an increase in virtual work comes a lot of change. This change can include the way your people communicate, execute their work, and stay connected with their teams.

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