How we cut our number of meetings in half—and got more done

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The pandemic gave Ministry of Supply, a Fast Company most innovative fashion brand, the chance to rebuild its working culture in a way it says will last long after COVID is gone. We’ve heard it countless times during the pandemic: “I’m a Zoom-zombie.” These days—without a limit on conference room availability—it’s far too easy to pop into a meeting with the click of a calendar invite, squished in between other 15-minute blocks of calls. We felt this, too. Read Full Story

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What is Buyer’s Remorse?

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When we talk about buyer’s remorse, we usually refer to that feeling of regret we experience after spending money. Usually a sizeable amount of money, although we can feel regret about small purchases too. It could be that the item doesn’t meet your expectations because it doesn’t do what you thought it would. Or maybe […] The post What is Buyer’s Remorse? first appeared on Cemoh and is written by julie .

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This is how mentorship relationships should adapt to the pandemic

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It’s more than just meeting on Zoom. This is how to adapt your communication approach and expectations with both mentors and mentees during pandemic times. Right now, we are doing everything differently. We are working differently. Even if we have always worked remotely, doing so now during a pandemic is very different. We are grocery shopping differently. We are spending our downtime (what we have of it) differently. We are parenting differently, and our children are certainly “attending” school differently. Read Full Story

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4 ways to start building quality business relationships that will advance your career

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Meaningful relationships take time, says this author and career coach. But with preparation, intention, and commitment, you can deepen the quality of your professional network. One Friday, I joined my regular video chat with my mentor, who has at least 20 more years of professional and life experience than I do. We’d been meeting for over two years, and while our conversations were primarily work related, we had gotten to know each other on a personal level too—we often talked about upcoming family trips or recently attended concerts (pre-pandemic). I was in the process of healing from a recent medical and emotional trauma, which I had shared with him weeks prior. This time, his video background was different; instead of his ornate dining room in the background I had become familiar with, it looked like he was in a large closet. I asked him about it. Read Full Story

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This simple feature makes video meetings way more productive

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Video meetings should always take advantage of the chat function, which provides a newly collaborative way to get work done together. During this pandemic, we’ve learned that we can achieve intimacy by using video chat. Whether it’s colleagues working from home or friends and family socializing on the weekends, this once-in-a-century crisis proves that even when we are not physically together, we can still productively continue with our work and move our personal lives forward. Read Full Story

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Stop working too much—and letting your team overwork, too

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Employees are working too much, leading to burnout and disengagement. Here’s how managers and employees can both work on solutions. Since the pandemic began and many employees began to work remotely, balancing or blending work and life has been a challenge for many. As we previously reported in Fast Company , an April 2020 survey by Blue Jeans found that remote workers were adding roughly three or four more hours to their workdays at home in the early weeks of the pandemic, increasing the risk of burnout. Read Full Story

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Why we self-sabotage (and 3 ways to stop doing it)

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Self-sabotage can come from fear of failure, of rejection, of not meeting your own and others’ expectations, and becomes a way to preserve yourself from pain and disappointment. If you have low self-esteem, you probably have been down this rabbit hole way too many times—sabotaging your way to happiness, to good relationships, to promotions, recognition, or a well-deserved moment in the limelight. Read Full Story

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