Before the pandemic, way back In November 2019, a group of academic meeting researchers from several universities, business leaders, and consultants met to review and analyze hundreds of research studies about what makes meetings effective. They published “Ten Rules Simple Rules for Meaningful Meetings.” One of the science-based findings identified that online meetings get the same results as in-person meetings when everyone turns on their video cameras. Now that we have … [Read more...] about Zoom Cameras On or Off?
As the pandemic continues, most nonprofit workplaces will become a combination of virtual and on-site work. A recent McKinsey survey suggests that 90% of organizations will adopt some version of the hybrid workplace. The hybrid workplace will have a huge impact on the way we design and facilitate meetings, the primary method of how many organizations get stuff done. Hybrid meetings are where some participants participate remotely through a video conferencing platform like zoom, while the rest … [Read more...] about 8 Tips for Facilitating Nonprofit Hybrid Meetings
Today is January 21st, the 21st day of 2021. I don't know about you, but I feel some optimism that we will make through COVID. However, it will take some time to vaccinate all who need to be vaccinated to keep us safe. And, that means work for home is going to be the norm for most of 2021. One of the downsides about virtual work from home is that you are sitting most of the day. Even worse than being sedentary, you have easy access to your kitchen for stress eating. And, this … [Read more...] about Try Exercise Snacking for Improving #WFH Mental Health
We are living in traumatic times, and we need to prioritize building resilience. As the COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out (although not as fast as we’d like), we know there will be an end to the pandemic. But work from home (if we are lucky enough to have a job) will probably continue well into 2021. If we learned anything during 2020, work-life balance is much harder when working from home. Before the pandemic, it was much easier to compartmentalize your workweek with … [Read more...] about #Fakecommute: A Ritual for Work-Life Balance When You #WFH
As we face an even darker winter due to the pandemic, we need to keep improving our resilience, the ability to adapt well in spite of significant stressors. Using rituals as part of our professional work is one strategy that can help. Rituals are routine and intentional activities that carry meaning. Rituals leverage our brains’ ability to run on autopilot, allowing us to reach our goals even when we are distracted by other things, such as potentially contracting a deadly disease. Many … [Read more...] about New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits To Improve Resilience in 2021