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Technology helped to normalised the lack of boundaries in our lives. We are attached to our phones. With the lockdowns, office closures and more limited social lives have added to the norm.

  • A global study shows that the average daily working time increased by 30 minutes a day in 2020.
  • A UK poll found that more than 30% of remote workers find it harder to switch off from work during the pandemic.
  • A similar proportion of people are working more unpaid hours.
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Why it’s so hard to put boundaries on our time

bbc.com

Nostalgia may be a vital tool

Nostalgia can be defined as a longing for an experience of another time in your life. The workplace holds many memories - you may have bonded with a colleague over a funny incident in a client presentation or an outburst from your former boss.

The feelings may not be the same warm feeling as other nostalgic moments, but the underlying emotions are just as strong. Research found nostalgia can be a tool for comfort and inspiration and can draw people together in strong bonds.

How nostalgia makes you work better

bbc.com

Workplace jargon

Jargon refers to terms, expressions, or acronyms specific to a particular industry or professional group.

People enjoy complaining about jargon, saying it is hard to understand, pretentious, and unnecessary. Many industries and government leaders criticize it, but jargon continues to thrive in most professions despite these complaints.

Does Your Office Have a Jargon Problem?

hbr.org

The Awkward Small Talk During WFH

Office chit chat, whether real or virtual is essential for building good relations with colleagues and makes our mood better. It is a reminder that not everything is about work when an office colleague talks about his dog or some hot new Netflix show.

Due to the pandemic, many such small talks are happening via Slack or Google Chat and can seem daunting to initiate. A few handy tips can make your virtual work life a little less awkward.

How To Make Office Small Talk Less Awkward And Fake Online

huffpost.com

Top Characteristics of a Great Networker
  1. Good listener.
  2. Positive attitude: it makes people want to cooperate and associate with you.
  3. Collaborative to serve others. 
  4. Sincere and authentic.
  5.  Follows up.
  6. Trustworthy.
  7. Approachable.

7 Ways to Better Networking

entrepreneur.com

Mental Health In Today’s World

In an increasingly complex and competitive globalized environment, the growth curve of mental illness is a serious concern, with statistics showing that 800,000 people commit suicide per year, and about 4.4 per cent of the world’s population is under depression.

The consequences are also economic, as according to a study, India will lose about 1 trillion USD to mental illness in the next 10 years, and China 4.5 trillion USD.

How to build a workplace that supports mental health

bigthink.com

Determine who is involved in the brainstorm

Identify the roles and expertise you want, and then find people who fit that description. This will help you ensure that the group you bring together is more diverse, bringing a range of different backgrounds and perspectives to the problem-solving task.

Prior to the pandemic, it was a hurdle for people with broad and diverse perspectives to be in the same room, physically together. With remote work, it is easier to bring in people having a range of different backgrounds and perspectives to sit together remotely and brainstorm on the task at hand.

How to Brainstorm — Remotely

hbr.org

Faster Isn’t Better

Back-to-back video calls, all-day team chats combined with an expectation of immediate response is taking its toll on people trying to work from home.

In the quest to create a real-time interaction of the office, we are cutting the remote workers' ability to get things done.

When it comes to team communication, faster isn’t always better

qz.com

There are mainly two ways to communicate within a company: synchronous and asynchronous communication. While the second type has always been widely practiced, as face-to-face meetings or any other in-person communication, the second type is just slowly being discovered. 

In fact, asynchronous communication enables team members to respond to their colleagues whenever they can, without putting pressure on them that the answer should be provided immediately.

Asynchronous Communication: What It Is & Why You Should Care About It

doist.com

Removing Stress From Work

Games release pent up stress that they have in the job or otherwise. A happy employee is a productive employee.

Games create an atmosphere of trust, leading to better talent acquisition and retention, as employees choose to stay where they feel comfortable.

Why Playing Games at Work Could Increase Productivity and Employee Satisfaction

blog.hubspot.com

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