Linked: Where Did Our Lunch Breaks Go?

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My point in describing these things is not to brag about how much work I do, or how many teams I interact with, but to point out that it’s easy to find your time and energy completely blocked and scheduled for you. Fighting burn out means protecting, and sometimes fighting for, your free time, including a lunch break.

Employers who are interested in not burning out their employees would do well to recognize that as well. As the article below points out, remote working gives us all a lot more flexibility to take breaks, and then do some of our work on our own schedule, since we no longer have to commute, or be in a location, but that doesn’t mean you work all day, and then also into the night.

Breaks matter. Balance matters. Remote work is a great way to find your own level of flexibility, and to provide it to your employees. I suggest you figure that out.… Read More

There Seems to be A Disconnect Between Management and Employees, Again.

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Specifically, as this article points out, companies seem to think they’re doing a bang-up job support their employees during all of this forced work from home stuff, and pandemic fears, but employees don’t seem to agree: Nearly three-quarters of managers … Read More

What I am Sharing (weekly) Sept. 20, 2020

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Five Strategies Building Relationships Remotely

Software Updates and Why They’re Important

Legal advice is often unaffordable. Here’s how more people can get help

This security awareness training email is actually a phishing scam

“A creative phishing campaign uses an email template that pretends to be a reminder to complete security awareness training from a well-known security company.”

No Internal Investigation Is Complete Without ESI

Observations from the Annual ILTA Conference:

Ransomware Increases by 715% in First Half of 2020

E-Discovery Platform RelativityOne Gets Its Next-Generation Interface, Aero UI

Internet Access Has Never Been More Important — and Unequal

What is mental health first aid? Why every workplace should offer it

5 TED Talks That Will Make You Better at Remote Work… Read More

Linked: Study Finds Productivity Not Deterred by Shift to Remote Work

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Note the reality of giving employees flexibility: “”Workers have proven themselves more than capable of handling flexible work options during a crisis,” Weiler Reynolds said. “Companies should continue to foster the sense of freedom and control that flexible work options … Read More

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

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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.… Read More

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