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How to Manage Loneliness and Isolation of Remote Workers

Despite the productivity gains and cost savings associated with remote work, many leaders worry that those advantages come at the expense of remote workers' emotional health -- in particular, that remote work causes loneliness and isolation. Ultimately, it's feared, remote workers' engagement and productivity will suffer.

Gallup finds that remote workers can feel lonely and isolated -- but it's not typical and it is preventable.

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How to Keep Remote Worker Wellbeing High

At a time when the spread of COVID-19 makes every cough or sniffle seem like a potential emergency, business leaders are finding themselves revamping their companies into remote work operations.

They'll join the innumerable organizations that already have done so -- 43% of U.S. workers, according to Gallup's State of the American Workplace report, work off-site some or all of the time. And among the many issues that leaders must consider is the physical wellbeing of newly remote workers.

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The Science of Well Being

In this course you will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.

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Managing the Stress and Uncertainty of the Coronavirus Podcast

The rapid onset of the coronavirus is changing our work – and our lives. For those who own businesses or work in the gig economy, the stress and financial uncertainty is even greater. When we don’t know what the future will hold, or are working in isolation, what can we do?

Host Morra Aarons-Mele speaks with Jerry Colonna, CEO of, about how he is leading his team through such a stressful time. And later in the episode, business psychologist Camille Preston explains how we all can cope with uncertainty by taking on a growth mindset.

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Inclusion & Belonging in Times of Global Crisis: Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

As we grapple with the impact COVID-19 has on our institutions/organizations as well as on our colleagues and students, international educators remain committed to taking the lead in fostering a sense of inclusion and belonging in the wake of the concerning rise of xenophobia and racism as well as supporting students who may not have the support structures to navigate this crisis. While administrators are understandably swamped with ensuring their students are healthy, there are real challenges our international and domestic students may face within and beyond our campus communities. Join Diversity Abroad for a complimentary community discussion to support one another during these unprecedented times, share ideas and explore strategies for fostering inclusion & belonging in times of global crisis.

  • Thursday, March 26 at 3:00PM EST

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Perseverance Webinar

If we want to be among those who keep their heads above water, those who can continue to serve the relentless needs of this troubled time, we need to pay close attention to how we are affected by the increasing demands, chaos, and uncertainty that are now commonplace. In this Leadership Perspectives webinar, internationally acclaimed speaker and ILA Lifetime Achievement Award winner Margaret Wheatley presents a personal guide for those who seek to persevere; those who hope that their work and life contribute to making things better for the people, issues, and places they love.

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