6 ways to root out morale-depleting fear among your employees

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Confronting uncomfortable barriers along with alternate viewpoints will lead to a more connected work environment. Fear can dominate workplace culture, undermine performance, morale and the ability to evolve. But there are ways to diminish fear and empower change. Mindful and innovative companies have implemented practices before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in combination with a national atmosphere focused on obtaining a more equitable social contract, the pandemic presents a rare chance to pursue change, whether it is modest incremental process improvements or more dramatic changes to mission and structure. Read Full Story

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5 reasons we need emotionally intelligent leaders in times of crisis

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The most effective leaders control their fear and their impulse to avoid any responsibility and cast blame. Sound familiar? In times of crisis, especially unexpected ones, we humans tend to react with a fight-or-flight response. We are hardwired that way; it was programmed into our primitive brain from the time we lived in caves. During times of crisis and fear, such as we are now experiencing, we look to our leaders more than ever to provide us with guidance, hope, and support. While our leaders will not have all the answers, we have expectations that they will find the right people to help them, provide moral support and direction, and shine a light to help us find our way to a better place. We are looking for someone who we trust to have our best interests at heart. This requires a leader who has a level of emotional intelligence in …

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Pope Francis: ‘We must act now’ on climate

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“The current economic system is unsustainable.” Five years after Pope Francis published a 200-page encyclical arguing that tackling climate change was a moral imperative , he’s telling the world that the problem is even more urgent—and that it’s time to make changes such as moving away from fossil fuels. Read Full Story

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5 meaningful ways to gift your employees this holiday

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Fringe’s CEO believes that moves you make in the next few months will determine your company’s ability to keep your people happy and attract amazing talent far beyond the pandemic. As we approach the end of 2020, we brace ourselves for what will be a holiday season unlike any other, devoid of company holiday parties and the usual family gatherings. Eight months into the remote work experiment, many people are preparing to spend the holidays alone, and morale is at an all-time low. A recent study from Blind found that 68% of employees feel more burned out now than they did pre-pandemic, a number that’s been steadily rising. Pandemic aside, holidays can be an emotionally triggering time for people. Read Full Story

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These behavioral science tweaks could boost voter turnout during a pandemic election (even if it’s voting by mail)

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This organization found little ways to help increase midterm voter turnout in 2018. Next up: a 2020 election in a pandemic. Fears of voter suppression are firmly in the minds of many Americans in the lead-up to 2020, especially following the April primary election in Wisconsin when the Supreme Court refused to allow the state to make changes to its voting process, forcing 450,000 people to turn out in person during the height of a global pandemic and preventing an untold number of people from voting at all because they decided to stay home. Still, intentional suppression is just one of many reasons people don’t cast ballots. There are also unintentional barriers, such as complex or outdated registration systems, as well as lack of motivation or know-how on the part of voters. Read Full Story

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How COVID-19 created a new kind of consumer in just 90 days

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After two decades of steady growth, the trajectory of digital consumerism went into hyperdrive when the pandemic changed everything—giving us ‘Generation N.’ Meet Generation Novel, a growing cross-generational psychographic of digital-first consumers galvanized by the disruptive effects of COVID-19. This emergent and significant customer segment isn’t just digital-centric. It’s also emotionally charged, as pandemic-fueled fear, anxiety, and worry take their toll. With the impact of the novel coronavirus likely to endure, companies must prioritize the study of Gen N. Doing so will help executives understand how consumers’ increased and accelerated use of technology affects their preferences, behaviors, and routines. These insights can guide brand, product, and market strategies to be more timely, relevant, and empathetic at a time when there is no pandemic playbook to follow. Read Full Story

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