How to keep networking even when you’re quarantined

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Physical distancing doesn’t have to put an end to your networking efforts. Grabbing coffee or lunch with a friend or colleague probably isn’t going to happen anytime soon, at least not in person. But self-isolating doesn’t have to mean social isolation. In fact, since we’re all in this together, you may find even more ways to connect and network with your circles. Read Full Story

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IRS second stimulus check: Here’s the latest update and why you shouldn’t expect one anytime soon

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Americans tend to support direct payments during the coronavirus pandemic, but a second IRS stimulus check is not coming anytime soon. Few issues in America enjoy bipartisan support these days. That was true before the coronavirus pandemic, and despite the common platitude that “we’re all in this together,” Americans remain as divided as ever along political lines in the COVID-19 era. Read Full Story

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How we’re helping our employees cope with the grief and loss of the pandemic

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The coronavirus crisis has not only ushered in new ways of working, but new ways of being, relating, and managing at work as we deal with grief and loss. On a recent Friday morning, I met with my direct reports as I normally do. But we didn’t talk about work. We talked about life which, on that day, included these senior leaders’ concern for a sick child, sadness over a son’s missed 18th birthday celebration, and frustrations about losing family get-togethers over the holidays—all because of COVID-19. Read Full Story

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Nascar’s Bubba Wallace was pretty stressed out in 2020. It only helped his career

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“I haven’t put my phone down,” he says. Because of COVID, we’re just showing up and racing—that’s all our schedule allows. No practice runs, no qualifying rounds, no nothing. That’s tough on the crew, because we need to practice working together. You have to make sure you get the [car] set up right. But we could only go off of last year’s notes about the races, even though our cars are different from last year . . . . We had a two-month break, and I was eating everything in the pantry and not really training or working out. I have a fast metabolism, I guess. . . . [Normally,] 12 to 13 people on our team travel with me every weekend. We’re all pretty close and give each other a lot of crap. We play Mario Kart and Nintendo Switch on the plane. Now we play [remotely,] for money—it’s …

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Trying to stave off quarantine-induced panic? Pick up a hobby

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It might sound simple, but it’s true: Hobbies have been shown to improve productivity and mental health. Many of us are midway through our first week of social distancing. Yes, I know it feels like we’ve been holed up in our homes for an eternity. The days are beginning to blend together. You miss going on your morning coffee run. You haven’t figured out how to work out now that your gym is closed. Unfortunately, it seems we’re just at the start of a long period of isolation. Experts estimate that we’re going to be in lockdown for at least two months; perhaps longer, if we’re unable to curb the spread of the virus. Read Full Story

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HBO’s ‘We’re Here’ brings drag to small towns—and life-changing experiences to locals

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Drag stars Shangela, Eureka O’Hara, and Bob the Drag Queen lead the charge in the fabulous, full-hearted ‘We’re Here.’ We talked with the creators and stars about putting it together. The final touch in prepping for a drag performance, if not necessarily the pièce de résistance, is the tuck. It’s an anatomical concealment that helps reveal these performers’ true selves. Read Full Story

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