This is how we start to break the mental health stigma at work

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On this week’s episode of ‘Secrets of the Most Productive People,’ we talk about the mental health struggles so many of us are facing right now—and how to bring it up with your manager. Nearly three months into living under stay-at home orders, many of us are feeling the strain of being in a constant state of anxiety and uncertainty. Millions of workers across many industries have lost their jobs and are struggling to make ends meet. Essential workers continue to put themselves at risk so the rest of us have access to groceries and healthcare. Many people are grieving the loss of loved ones from afar. And those who are fortunate enough to remain employed and work from home face their own challenges: Some people are quarantined alone and isolated from friends and family, while many working parents are juggling full-time childcare with a full-time job. Read Full Story

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With family by your side months into working from home, do you still have balance?

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Reinvigorate your family and work time by framing your day around certain achievements. At the end of a busy schedule, you can share what you accomplished and soak up the confidence boost. There’s a reason a growing number of studies are reporting that workers are struggling with their mental health as a result of COVID-19: our brains don’t like uncertainty. With working parents facing the ongoing uncertainty of what their work will look like for the foreseeable future, what their kids will spend the summer doing with so many camps cancelled, and when life will just become a little more normal, it’s no wonder that we’re finding work and life hard at the moment. Read Full Story

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These are the types of people struggling most with remote work

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Conventional wisdom said extroverts would find work-from-home isolation challenging. Turns out that’s not who’s having the hardest time. Since offices shut down and so many people went home to work at the beginning of the pandemic, many have been worried about the extroverts. How would these individuals, who get their energy from being around others, cope with the isolation? How would they manage without watercooler chitchat and face-to-face interaction? Read Full Story

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How to get a free Thanksgiving dinner that feeds a family of five from Walmart

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Walmart and rewards app Ibotta have teamed up to provide a free Thanksgiving dinner big enough to feed a family of five after cashback. No doubt about it, 2020 has been a rough year for many people. Not only are we struggling with the health consequences (both physical and mental) of a global pandemic, many of us are also struggling with the economic consequences. Many have less money to go around—while many others may have lost their income entirely. Read Full Story

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Employers need to address their workers’ mental health. Here are 3 ways to start

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Since the pandemic started, some workers are in crisis and could be at risk for longer-term mental health issues, which can impact business productivity, healthcare costs, and disability absence. The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic fallout are creating nothing short of a mental health crisis for American workers, which isn’t surprising when you consider that more than 40 million Americans have recently lost their jobs and millions more have had their work hours or pay reduced. Of those fortunate enough to still have jobs, many are working long hours at home, away from colleagues but constantly connected through always-on digital channels and email. Others are in roles that require contact with the public and come with a higher risk of infection as a result. Read Full Story

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How to stay sane while working from home with kids

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Many working parents will have several more months without childcare. On this episode of ‘Secrets of the Most Productive People’ we figure out how to keep our sanity. When shelter-in-place orders went into effect in most of the country in March, parents across industries had to scramble to find childcare. For those of us lucky enough to not only keep our jobs but have jobs that can be done from home, this has meant trying to do the impossible: Work and take care of children full-time. Read Full Story

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How Your Local Business Can Be a Helper

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Posted by MiriamEllis “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother's words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.” — Fred Rogers This quote is one I find myself turning to frequently these days as a local SEO. It calls to mind my irreplaceable neighborhood grocer. On my last essential run to their store, they not only shared a stashed 4-pack of bath tissue with me, but also stocked their market with local distillery-produced hand sanitizer which I was warned will reek of bourbon, but will get the job done. When times are hard, finding helpers comes as such …

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5 ways to design a better mental health future for a stressed-out workforce

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Almost 41% of Americans struggle with mental health issues stemming from the pandemic, but many companies remain ill-equipped to address the problem, says this McKinsey executive. Despite growing up in a family of therapists, the past eight months have revealed to me how difficult it can be to find the “right thing” to say to family, friends, and colleagues who are suffering. Even business emails seem to have taken on new weight: Many have struggled writing the phrase “Hope you are well” knowing that many of us are not, in fact, well. Read Full Story

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What Readers Want During COVID-19: Content Ideas for Every Niche

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Posted by amandamilligan This is a stressful time to say the least. Everything is impacted by COVID-19 in some way, including our work. Once we’ve taken time to acknowledge how lucky we are to work in digital, it’s time to assess if our current content strategy needs any adjusting based on current events. Many marketers are finding themselves: Wanting to write about something topical Needing to add more content to their calendars At a loss for how to contribute at a time like this So, I spent hours using Ubersuggest , putting myself in the shoes of various Americans. I tested a variety of keywords to see which ones have exhibited a trend during the COVID-19 outbreak and might warrant some attention from content marketers. The results below are for the term “Coronavirus,” so for the other keywords identified, I looked for a noticeable spike in the months of January, …

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Supporting Small Business Saturday with 2020-Conscious Marketing

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Posted by MiriamEllis Image credit: Elvert Barnes “Conscious spending with the community can contribute to neighborhood sustainability.” — Christine Araquel, The Park’s Finest I encountered this quote from a restauranteur on the American Express Small Business Saturday website , and just these few words called a vivid image to my mind: local business owners and customers gazing together toward the horizon, hoping to pierce the clouds of COVID-19 and see them clearing away, revealing communities that are still standing, and still capable of sustaining our hometowns, our cities, and our dreams. 72% of consumers believe they will frequent neighboring businesses more after the crisis is over, but that will take all of us doing our part now to ensure as many SMBs are still there to greet us when better days return. In Q4 of 2019, I used my column to encourage local business owners to start having meaningful conversations …

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An SEO's Experience in 2020: Opportunities and Challenges

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Posted by desordi It would be downplaying it to say that 2020 has been a whirlwind of a year. Many digital marketing companies packed up their office spaces in February, and employees — from the C-Suite to entry-level — had to adopt a new working style many were not accustomed to. While few digital workers were previously able to work from home , the industry — and the world as a whole— had to adjust to full-time remote working during the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, as SEOs and digital marketers, we have great experience in pivoting and adjusting our working styles and strategies, regardless of what challenges are thrown our way. It comes with the job. Throughout this blog post, I’ll discuss the various tactics I’ve seen work incredibly well for our clients and in the wider industry as a whole, in addition to advice for increasing productivity and overall happiness …

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