How managers can help employees handle loneliness and isolation

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As the pandemic drags on, lots of people are struggling with isolation. But there are things managers can do to help. As we enter month seven of the pandemic, social distancing has taken its toll, and more people report feeling lonely. Loneliness is a health risk that impacts your well-being and work. A study from the mobile coaching platform BetterUp found that lonely workers were less satisfied with their jobs, received fewer promotions, switched jobs more frequently, and were more likely to quit their current job within the next six months. Read Full Story

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These Navy SEAL techniques can help you lead and motivate your team

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Keeping your team motivated and aligned is extra challenging during a pandemic. These strategies can help. With many people continuing to work from home during the pandemic, leaders are challenged with finding ways to motivate and bring together remote teams of employees. But it’s never been more important. Isolation and separation can cause stress that negatively impacts health and productivity. Retired Navy SEAL sniper Chris Sajnog, author of The New Rules of Marksmanship , says the strategies he used while leading a team of isolated warriors can help business leaders, too. Read Full Story

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Headed back to the office? These are your rights as an employee

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An employment lawyer discusses legal rights across both sides of the table, as social distancing restrictions lift and the workforce returns to their work spaces. The remote work “new normal” has brought up countless questions for employers and employees. At the outset, many office workers were thrilled at their newfound lack of commute, the freedom to work from home, and the demise of business casual. Five months in, challenges have arisen. People are feeling lonely and isolated. We need people, but in a pandemic, where there are people, there is fear. Read Full Story

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An introvert’s guide to surviving pandemic isolation and enjoying alone time

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As an introvert, the longer period of solitude this winter can be a gift if you use your time wisely. Back in the early months of 2020, extroverts got the short end of the stick. Within days of activities being halted, many were gasping for air and wondering how they were going to make it without regular contact with the people and groups that give them their zest and vitality. Read Full Story

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6 ways to help employees craft their job into their calling

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To truly thrive, companies must offer people more than just a job—they must help employees find meaning and purpose, this psychologist and leadership expert says. People today want more than just a paycheck from their employers. They want purpose and meaning at work. While this has made management more complicated, it’s also created an opportunity for leaders. The chance to craft personalized experiences that help employees develop a calling–and not just offer a job–can be a boon for business. Read Full Story

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The biggest mistake you can make in a crisis? Letting go of young team members

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Many managers argue young hires aren’t worth the effort and expense to keep during the pandemic. Here’s why they’re so wrong. Arguably no group has felt the brunt of layoffs, lockdown-induced closures, and hiring freezes in the past six months more than young workers . An International Labour Organization report found that one in six people under 24 had stopped working since March, with those still employed taking a 23% cut to their work hours. Job prospects for recent grads look grim too, with entry-level postings falling by more than 70% on popular job sites like ZipRecruiter. Read Full Story

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Daily SEO Fix: Investigate Changes in Your Rankings with Moz Pro

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Posted by Ola.King As members of the Moz onboarding team — which gives one-on-one walkthroughs of Moz products to over 500 customers a month — we have our finger on the pulse of what people are asking for when it comes to SEO. We’re here to help you uncover the relevant Moz Pro features for your business. We know that somewhere along the journey of improving your website and drumming up more traffic (and hopefully conversions), you’ll want to track rankings for your target keywords. Perhaps you started by noticing a traffic drop on your website. Or maybe you’re actively adapting your business in response to new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. You’ll ultimately want to know how your page rankings were affected, and start to explore what you can do next. In this series of Daily SEO Fix videos, the Moz onboarding team takes you through …

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This twist on the four-day workweek could get people back to work without causing new outbreaks

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Four days on followed by 10 days off would let businesses reopen but make sure employees were isolated in case they became infectious. There’s an obvious risk to reopening the economy during the pandemic, even in places where the number of COVID-19 cases is dropping: As more people come back into contact, cases could surge again, and businesses could be forced to shut down a second time. South Korea is seeing a new spike in cases after the outbreak seemed to be under control. In China, new cases have emerged in Wuhan, the original epicenter of the virus. But an adjustment to work schedules—along with social distancing and other tools like contact tracing—could help businesses that can’t work remotely to potentially reopen safely. Read Full Story

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Canceling the MarTech Conference scheduled for next month and sharing our updated plans ahead

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Hey, I hope you’re doing okay. A crazy and surreal time we’re in. The photo above is my new “office” in the basement of my house. Yeah, I’ve got a green screen set up. I’d like to claim it’s to support seamless virtual backgrounds in the continuous stream of video meetings that now occupy my day. But truthfully, it’s mostly just to hide the massive piles of clutter that our basement gravitationally accumulates. My wife bumped me out of our home office that’s above ground, with a nicer view and fewer heaps of random stuff, to make it her new work-from-home command center. My daughter, whose school is closed for at least a couple more weeks, has taken over the rest of the house. It’s not a big house. So the basement has become my refuge. I’m not complaining though. I’m thankful that we’ve been able to adapt to working …

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I spent a year leading a team in complete isolation in Antarctica. Here are 4 strategies you need right now

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Rachael Robertson led a team of 17 people on a year-long tour of duty at Davis Station in Antarctica. Her hard-won lessons are increasingly relevant as we move through the pandemic. I’ve been in extended isolation before, with nine months of temperatures hovering around -35 degrees Celsius, blizzards, months of darkness, and the inability to get in or out. The lack of privacy, the mundane nature of the days, and the interpersonal pressure of living with 17 other people were extraordinary. Read Full Story

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