Linked: The Lonely, Pixelated Hell of Networking During the Pandemic
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Linked: The Lonely, Pixelated Hell of Networking During the Pandemic

Most of these sound awful, and the ones that are “not so voluntary” attempts to make sure workers are engaged sound even worse.

Actually, I suspect they are doing a lot more harm to engagement than good.

There are ways to network during this time. They’re different, they’re a little more work, and they take some getting used to. But they don’t need to be ridiculous, and they definitely don’t need to be forced.

In fact, this is a great time to simply send someone a note asking for 15-30 minutes of their time. Most of us are pretty open to doing exactly that with coworkers or peers in our industry. I’d be happy to find some time to have a conversation with you about my industry, or mental health, or blogging. Or even to just have a coffee or beer with virtually. We don’t even need to be on our webcams if you don’t want.

See, isn’t that better than having 50 people on mute while the CEO talks, or getting randomly matched with coworkers?

Ugh, the introvert in me shudders to think about some of these. Please, don’t. Just ask someone to get a coffee like we used to.

Linked: 8 Ways Managers Can Support Employees’ Mental Health
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Linked: 8 Ways Managers Can Support Employees’ Mental Health

I think the article is helpful, but this one is the one that I suspect many mangers struggle with. “Model healthy behaviors. Don’t just say you support mental health. Model it so that your team members feel they can prioritize self-care and set boundaries. More often than not, managers are so focused on their team’s…

Linked: Always (and Never) Out of Office: Why Two-Thirds of Professionals Aren’t Taking Time Off in 2020, But Should
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Linked: Always (and Never) Out of Office: Why Two-Thirds of Professionals Aren’t Taking Time Off in 2020, But Should

I know the travel options are limited for us this year, and maybe some families don’t have the financial wherewithal to travel anyway, but this is not going to to end well: “Most of us are putting vacation on the back burner, and not just for summer: nearly 70% of professionals say they don’t plan…

Linked: What to say to your boss if you’re struggling at work during COVID-19
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Linked: What to say to your boss if you’re struggling at work during COVID-19

Frankly, I think this describes a lot of people right now. The stress of life right now is enough to deal with, and having that much uncertainty will absolutely affect getting work done. Frankly, it should affect getting work done, because it’s more important in most cases, so these are good questions, and this is…

How Bad is the Stalkerware Problem? It’s Bad
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How Bad is the Stalkerware Problem? It’s Bad

Don’t just take my word for it though, watch Eva Galperin from the EFF and what she found when she asked people if they had ever been threatened by someone with access to their devices. The response was overwhelming. My takeaways from this: Most of these companies know exactly what they are doing and who…