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Re-working Today’s Must-Have Employee Benefit

It’s time to get everyone back to work.  But for employees who are among the 34,000,000 who had COVID, returning might look like this: Complete recovery and happy to head back to the office, or worry and performance anxiety because after several weeks of debilitating illness, they are among the 10-30% who will suffer persistent symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, shortness …

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Building a Career is a Stepping Stone, Not a Bungee Jump

Imagine arriving in New York as a young man from small-town U.S.A. with dreams of becoming the next Wall Street superstar.  What happened next was not an instant leap to success but a slow slog toward achieving a vision.  In this age of “instant” everything – instant data, instant entertainment, instant friends – we learn to expect “instant success.”  But …

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An Effective Diversity Policy Means Never Having to Say You are Sorry

It hasn’t been a good year for Goodyear.  COVID concerns disrupted operations, second-quarter sales were down 41% from a year ago, and to add insult to injury, last week, company officials found themselves in crisis management mode.  A slide from a Topeka diversity training session, labeled “Zero Tolerance,” itemized two columns of permitted and banned symbols and phrases on apparel worn at work.  Among …

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How to Inspire Serendipity Despite a Remote Workforce

Talking with a friend about the advantages and disadvantages of remote work, I was struck by his observation that what he missed most about working with colleagues in the office were the serendipitous ideas shared during face-to-face interactions.  While isolation does not necessarily dampen creativity, smart companies have worked hard to create novel, highly interactive, work environments to foster connections between …

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Munchkin Survival Guide: Tips to Get Work Done at Home

Humor is magical and can lighten even the toughest times.  Like trying to work at home with bickering kids!  When one poster in a community forum asked, “For those working from home, tell me something your kid(s) did today, but refer to them as co-workers,” she got some hilarious responses: “My co-workers fought over a Lego box.  Then they chased each other around …