Meet the Presenter- Sexual Identity in the Workplace

| March 3, 2015

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What would you do if an employee told you he or she was transitioning genders? What bathroom should the employee use? What happens when other employees start to ask questions? Do you need to change your dress code policy? Most companies try to steer clear of the topic of sexual identity in the workplace due to a fear of being accused of discrimination. However, employers should be prepared should they ever have to deal with such a situation. Join us on March 12, 2015 to learn about employment laws surrounding gender identity in the U.S., the liability it creates for employers, and how embracing the topic can make your company more successful.

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How to work effectively from home during the Coronavirus outbreak

Article | April 2, 2020

Working from home is not similar for everyone. Certainly, there are situations when you have to deal with the distractions and get work done on time. Whether the work from home access given to you is because of the Coronavirus outbreak or some other time, there are obstacles that you have to conquer and make it a fruitful day for work. Whereas on the other end, for some people, remote working gives more flexibility, fewer distractions, and greater productivity. They have the perfect office set up and know how to keep themselves ready for everything. We decided to provide our audience with some tips to avoid pitfalls, keeping away from distractions, and stay professional and productive while working from home. Read the full article to know how to balance the freedom and office responsibility and together make WFH a success. Table of Contents: 1] Build a Place for Work 2] Stay Focused 3] Communication with the Team 4] To-do List and Productive Hours 5] Take Regular Breaks 6] Food and Exercise 1] Build a Place for Work The first step in your remote working process starts with a place where you will spend working hours. Find an area or spare bedroom that you can convert into an office-like atmosphere. If there is a lack of free extra space then you can simply arrange a desk for your personal computer or laptop with other necessary electronic equipment like headphones, webcam, device for high-speed internet connection, etc. Make sure you select a space which is a quiet place, you can sit there daily and can work without disturbance. The other equipment is a door. Sit at such a place where you can shut the door on potential distractions. Also, look for the natural light to work comfortably without stressing your eyes. Since you will be working from home daily for continuous hours, it is very important to get a chair that gives your back support and is adjustable. Keep your desk at such a height that your monitor is at eye-height because posture is also a considerable key while working. 2] Stay Focused In the end, your work should be done and that’s what every employer wants. And we know, working from home comes with the distractions along with the isolation. This can cause you to lose focus and damage your productivity. Here are some ways that can help you to stay focused. -Self-motivation techniques can boost your confidence and builds positivity in your mind. -Find ways to reward yourself. Decide one task, finish it completely and then reward yourself for nailing it. Giving a treat to yourself will help you make your tasks enjoyable. E.g. you can give a cup of coffee yourself for well finishing your work. -Stay away from mobile and especially social media. Make a schedule to check your phone and follow it strictly. If notifications bother you then you can block it for a particular time and work dedicatedly. You can also tools for reminding you to control your online time. 3] Communication with the Team Even if you are working alone from home, it’s teamwork from the office. And you should avoid disturbance does not mean you need to disappear from everything and work. Rather you are expected to communicate with your team and stay updated with whatever changes happening and work accordingly. Your problems can be solved then and there, and you can work without any obstacle thereafter. Your colleagues can face some issues and might need your help to solve those. So, keep checking communication platforms that are used in your office. A plethora of communication tools makes it supremely easy to co-ordinate with your managers and other team members. And many of it shows the status of your availability. So it has become easy to tell people that if you are busy, available or whatever according to your status and manage your work. 4] To-do List and Productive Hours You might have observed that every individual is more productive at a different time of the day. Some people are most productive and focused in the morning while some are in the evening. Identify your productive hours and combine it with your to-do list. What you can do is, start your day with task planning of the whole day according to their priorities. And when you make the checklist, just stick to it. Set goals and time for each task and mark it once finished. So start your day with the plan with keeping your most productive hours in the mind and you will nail it. 5] Take Regular Breaks Have you came incidents where you are stuck in the problem and you are thinking about it for long hours. Then you decide to take a break and then later observe that the solution of the problem strikes in your mind magically. That’s the power of taking regular breaks while working. And when you take it, you see problems from a new perspective, your mind is refreshed and you overcome the difficulty. And this is not just psychology but it’s proven by science that if you give your brain time to relax, it works with greater productivity. And it’s important to increase working capability and creativity. What’s a break? It can be a cup of coffee, listening to music, meditation, a power nap, or anything which you like and relaxes your mind for some time. Try it and see the results. 6] Food and Exercise It’s tough to keep your nutrition in check when you are working from home. The kitchen is accessible to you and there is plenty of food available in the fridge. You might feel hungry now and then but don’t let it halt your productivity. Keep in mind- when you eat, just eat. When you work, just work. You can plan your time and set alarms for your snack and meals. Research shows that fruits and vegetables direct links to your overall productivity. So eat healthily and avoid consuming junk food. Also, keep yourself hydrated the whole day by drinking water frequently. Also, start your day with exercise because it boosts endorphins which ultimately increase happiness and interest level which are important to enhance productivity at work. Regularly doing exercise and stretching helps you in maintaining great posture and that will reflect in your work. If your day allows you to go for a walk or go to the gym and exercise then do it. From the evolution of high internet connection, it is no surprise that companies are allowing to work from home. It saves your transportation money, time, and gives you flexibility. Along with these and some other benefits of it, there are some challenges too. We tried to give you some suggestions on how can you make the best of WFH and hope you find it useful. Try these tips into practice and also share with us how you are doing it better.

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What A Company Needs To Provide Employees For Effective Remote Work

Article | April 7, 2020

As a small business owner, I am thinking a lot about what companies can and must provide to employees who are working remotely full time. Obsidian Learning has had flexible work hours including the option to work from home (WFH) for years. But mandatory, full-time WFH for all employees and contractors raises the bar considerably, as does the general uncertainty of a global pandemic.

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Employee Financial Wellness Programs: Miracle Drug?

Article | August 7, 2020

This seems to be a common question HR managers and company executives hear these days, especially during a global pandemic where many are struggling financially. Interest in these programs is growing. Employers are increasingly aware that employees are struggling financially and need help beyond what traditional benefits like health insurance and retirement benefits can offer. Nearly half of employees are stressed about their finances and a quarter are distracted at work as a result. It's no wonder many employees are stressed out about money. Almost half of employees don't have enough money in savings to cover 3 months of living expenses should they need it and nearly half say they have a hard time paying their expenses.

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Working From Home Version 2.0: 5 Things to Consider

Article | August 4, 2020

When COVID-19 started making headlines and employees were working from home, the idea was that this was all temporary. In a few weeks (or months), life would return to normal and we’d all be back in the workplace. That hasn’t exactly happened. In fact, many organizations are telling employees they can stay home for the rest of the summer, year, or forever.

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