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By Martin Royal While taking care of our health and safety during the COVID-19 crisis is the priority, many will find themselves working remotely for the first time and might face other potential threats: cybersecurity threats. Cybersecurity threats aren't breaking news to those of you who are used to work remotely, on-the-road and in public areas. However, the firm McAfee has already identified and reviewed multiple reports that suggest the COVID-19 crisis is being used as bait with criminal intent, whether it is through phishing, email scams, misleading web domains, malware, etc. For cybercriminals, this crisis can be an opportunity to tap

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By Kelly Cave With cities, stores, public spaces, and offices around the world shutting down amid the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are all finding ourselves more isolated than usual. A major negative side effect of the CDC’s recommended practice of social distancing includes feelings of isolation and a lack of connection to our family, friends, and coworkers. Isolation is the exact opposite of what evolution has hard-wired us to do because humans are naturally social beings. Years of research has shown time and time again that social isolation has detrimental effects on our mental health and overall well being. In times of

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By Brie DeLisi There is a call to practice Social Distancing in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, and many organizations have responded accordingly. Companies are shifting to an entirely remote workforce, where possible, and with this significant shift in the physical nature of the workplace, comes a new workforce dynamic. Meetings that were previously held in person are now shifting to a virtual conference call – and that can exacerbate pre-existing issues around participant engagement. In order to better prepare you and your team for this new meeting setting, we’ve compiled a number of recommendations to run effective virtual

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By Eric Michrowski The COVID-19 pandemic is driving a rapid shift to remote work across North America. Most leaders have woken up to the criticality of shifting workers that are non-essential to locations where there is a lesser risk to spread the virus. Those that haven’t yet, might wake up one morning with the entire office quarantined which is a significantly worse outcome. If you haven’t yet moved to remote work, my suggestion is to get in front of it as soon as you can and before it gets mandated in your community. Having worked with virtual teams for the better part

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. & Julia Borges, M.A. Amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, more organizational leaders are making the challenging and responsible decision to shift everyday work to be done remotely by employees. While this can support the slow of this pandemic, this work style can present a host of organizational challenges, stressors, and increase levels of uncertainty. If organizations are going to shift to remote work, it is important that they gather and implement best practices to make this transition as seamless as possible: Set aside a specific place to work. Having a designated work area helps compartmentalize work and minimize home

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By Brie DeLisi Whether you are a seasoned remote employee or new to working from home due to COVID-19, there are a number of considerations to take for working at home safely. The safety checklist Maintaining proper office ergonomics helps to ensure your body is appropriately protected – you may need to employ a few household items to support working in a proper position, such as using books or a box to prop up your laptop to be eye level. Utilize the OSHA Computer Workstation eTool and share with your team to conduct an office ergonomics self-assessment for their current work station. If

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