These 13 research-backed actions will help you talk to anyone more effectively

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University of Oregon professors offer science-backed strategies to converse and connect with coworkers, clients, and family in a virtual environment. We’ve been studying communication for 40 years, and never has the need felt greater than now: A global virus, broken economy, and the demand for racial justice have become our background. Our relationship issues are magnified as we work from home or head back to work, without knowing what returning to normal will look like. Read Full Story

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Our offices will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what they could look like

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Eventually we will have to go back to our offices. But how will work… work? It’s hard to imagine now—as most of us are reading this in quarantine, with our feet propped on Costco boxes of spaghetti noodles—but we will one day have to go back to our offices. COVID-19 won’t be eradicated, and not everyone will be immune. But we’ll still be expected to sit at a desk and work. So how will work…work? Read Full Story

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Will COVID-19 set working moms back? No, that’s not how our story goes

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Companies need to ensure that working mothers aren’t set back generations during this crisis. It’s a moral imperative, as well as a business one. With parents doubling the time they spend on education and household tasks, report after report shows that working mothers are carrying the bulk of this burden . They’re providing close to 70% of child care during the day, causing them to reduce their working hours and, in many cases, forcing them to step back from their careers entirely. This summer, we’ve seen countless countless articles repeating the same warning: We might be on the brink of eradicating the gains women have made in the workplace over generations. With daycare and school openings in limbo , working mothers (whether they’re working from home or heading back to offices) are stretched too far. Read Full Story

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Ready to upgrade your home office? These well-designed desk chairs are up to 80% off right now

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It’s time to elevate your work-from-home setup—and give your aching back a break. We’re now eight months into our work-from-home experiment—and many of us are started to realize the flaws of our home offices. The biggest one: lackluster desk chairs. So if you’re ready to upgrade your home office (and save your back), here are six desk chairs that are well-designed and currently deeply discounted on Wayfair. Read Full Story

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Editors picks: 16 home office improvements that Fast Company editors swear by

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Standing desks, office chairs, back pillows, and ergonomic keyboards and mice. Here are the products that have changed our work-from-home lives. We won’t be leaving our home offices any time soon. Even with the sweet siren call of the vaccine on our horizons. So, it feels like the right time to invest in making the space more comfortable, efficient, and stylish. We looked around our own home offices and asked Fast Company staffers for their tried-and-true WFH gear, furnishings, and tech. Here are our favorites. Read Full Story

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8 ways to save your audience from Zoom fatigue

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As the remote work experiment continues, more attention must be paid to sharing information in an engaging and energizing way. Anyone who has experienced Zoom fatigue knows how debilitating it can be. After a morning of back-to-back video calls, we often feel sleepy and disengaged. But it’s not our fault. Read Full Story

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Gaining weight? Your cold office might be to blame

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Yet another reason to work from home forever. With millions of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, many who have worked from home over the past year will be heading back into the office. Adjusting to new routines is challenging and can affect our health and fitness . We’ve been more sedentary or more active, gained weight or dropped pounds. Read Full Story

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How to lift your mood during the long-haul of remote work

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Get back to performing your best with simple and science-backed methods to combat negative feelings. We all have days where we wake up on the wrong side of the bed. I can recall those days where I wake up in a funk. These days, since we’ve started working from home and changing our lifestyles, I have found my mood lower than usual, and it’s not a pleasant feeling. Read Full Story

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A $15 federal minimum wage would reshape the lives of working people. Can Biden deliver?

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Between the emergency of the pandemic and wage increases at the state level, we’ve never been closer to a national $15 minimum wage. Saru Jayaraman likes to say the restaurant industry had a “pre-existing condition” long before the pandemic. “It was already the nation’s second largest private sector employer with the absolute lowest wage jobs of any industry,” says Jayaraman, the cofounder and president of One Fair Wage . The pandemic only exacerbated the financial insecurity of working in the restaurant industry—but with the added threat of contracting a dangerous virus. “Millions and millions of these workers were forced to go back to work before they felt safe or ready because they got no benefits, [and] they had no choice,” she says. “And what our data has shown is that when they went back to work, it was a nightmare.” Read Full Story

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