A Completely Non-Scientific View of Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace
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A Completely Non-Scientific View of Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

A little over a week ago, I came clean on my other blog, and social media. I admitted that I’m just really not OK.

If you’ve read the post, then you also know that when I mention mental health stigma, I’m not really talking about what happened with my workplace. No, that was exactly what I would want to happen. But, what I noticed was what happened kind of out in public, after the fact.

Linked: Biggest work from home mistakes: Harvard Business School remote guru
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Linked: Biggest work from home mistakes: Harvard Business School remote guru

There is a lot to consider in the article below, but this, I think, really gets at the core of the struggle for remote working: ““Rewarding people who come early and leave late is a habit to break,” Sijbrandij said. “Same as ‘brb, getting coffee.’ We don’t care when you are working. We care about…

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: Want People to Listen to You in Zoom Meetings? Follow These 3 Rules
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Linked: Want People to Listen to You in Zoom Meetings? Follow These 3 Rules

Two things that I want to say about this:

1. Getting there early is an opportunity to have small talk, and maybe even a laugh or two, something the we are all lacking in the work from home world, and which science is now telling us is making us feel more alone, even as we sit on video conferences on and off all day long. When we go from call to call talking business only and getting off as quickly as possible, that is Zoom fatigue. If you have a few laughs together? Totally different.

2. Also, don’t sleep on being the one to send the follow up notes, and meeting wrap ups. Yeah it’s a pain, it means you have to take notes and pay attention. You know what else it means? When the next meeting starts, you are now the keeper of the notes, and probably running the meeting to kick it off. Now you don’t have to find a way to interject politely, you have the floor. Additionally,  if you are running the meeting, be aware of who is talking, and who isn’t. Who looks like they want to say something, and isn’t getting a chance. Don’t setup your screen to show you the large image of who is talking and small screens of everyone else. That only drags your attention away from the group, and the people not talking. Don’t leave them behind.

Happiness Lab On How Grades And Rewards are Manipulative
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Happiness Lab On How Grades And Rewards are Manipulative

One of the most popular arguments we hear, and one I’ve made myself, is that to truly stay informed, and avoid living in the bubble of our own political bias, we need to make sure we are getting information from a variety of sources, including ones we may not agree with.

This study seems to be telling us that isn’t enough, and it can easily be manipulated. If I read an opposing viewpoint, and there’s no reward for doing so, I’m unlikely to really be influenced by it, but if I read an opposing viewpoint and get rewarded for it, I’m more likely to change my mind.

Now, remember that emotional contagion we might get from social media? What if I shared one side of a political view, and got rewarded by the algorithms or whomever with lots of likes and comments, and the post got shared a whole bunch, but posts from the other side, got none of that? Which side am I more likely to agree with? Right, the one that I got better grades on. Not because it’s true, better, or more accurate, but because I am rewarded for thinking that way. Rewarded the way I’ve been my whole life, since I was a little boy, from the first time my parents wanted me to behave a certain way, all the way through my school years, and for all of my career.

How hard would that be to fight against? Almost impossible, I’d say. How easy would it be for social media to do it, either the companies themselves, or large groups of users?

How does that influence what we do see on social media?

Public Speaking Reminder – It’s What You Teach People That Matters

Public Speaking Reminder – It’s What You Teach People That Matters

Earlier this week, I shared a TedTalk video from YouTube about stalkerware. If you clicked over and watch it on the actual YouTube page, you may have noticed a number of comments about how nervous Eva seemed giving it, or if you watched it you may nave even thought that she didn’t appear to be…