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9/24/2021

Some people have felt lonely and disconnected from intimate relationships, close friends or acquaintances during the pandemic as they stayed apart. "A quick change of scenery such as a walk around the block or a stroll in your neighborhood can serve as a reminder of the community that does exist around you, and you might be pleasantly surprised at just how comforting that can feel," says licensed master social worker Sara Stein.

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Well+Good
9/24/2021

Stressing education and experience in picking from job candidates is "somewhat of an antiquated perspective, especially in areas of emerging technology," says former US Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent. "If I'm putting somebody on the playing field, I want somebody who's been in the game recently."

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Federal Computer Week
9/24/2021

Vampire bats will fight with bats they don't know while feeding on prey, but they don't mind sharing a drink with the bats they roost with, according to findings published in PLOS Biology. Researchers attached sensors to 50 females in the same roosting community and kept track of their movements, finding that the creatures don't hunt together but meet up when feeding.

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Science News
9/23/2021

Fifty-one percent of employees think they are underpaid, despite being compensated at market or above-market rates, and workers who believe they are not being paid fair rates are 49.7% more likely to seek work elsewhere, according to a PayScale study. The research demonstrates that retention and pay transparency are interlinked, writes Amy Stewart, who argues that pay communications are more critical than ever in a competitive talent market.

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Amy Stewart
9/23/2021

Union favorability in the US is at a 20-year high, according to Gallup polling, and Starbucks, Amazon, building contractors and Hollywood crew members are just some of the companies and industries facing unionization efforts or strikes. While it's unclear how successful pro-labor activism and policy proposals will be, "[y]ounger workers in the service sector and some white collar occupations are calling for greater transparency from their employers, not just on pay but also issues like sexual harassment and racial justice," says Dan Cornfield of Vanderbilt University.

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Starbucks, Vanderbilt University
9/22/2021

Walmart, Best Buy, Target, State Farm and Medtronic have partnered with Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds to roll out a new Black Community Innovation Coalition that aims to tackle health disparities among African American employees, of which the group collectively employs more than 500,000. "What we're actually doing is integrating the health care services, navigation and advocacy of the program, all in one place ... through the employee resource groups," says Grand Rounds' Dr. Ian Tong, executive leader of the Black Community Innovation Coalition.

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CNBC
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State Farm, Walmart, Target
9/22/2021

Twenty-six percent of US employees don't currently plan to return to the office, 77% don't want a return to full-time office working and 93% are put off from returning to the office by the cost and time wasted on commutes, according to a survey by HealthEquity. Other recent studies also point to a preference for hybrid or remote work among employees, so business leaders must start planning ahead for changing work models, Edward Segal writes.

9/22/2021

Hybrid workplaces will need new arrangements, policies and technologies for facilitating time-tracking, onboarding, employee collaboration and client communication, among other use cases. "One of the things that we're seeing is developing not just technologies that enable people to access each other instantaneously, but helping leaders see how the work is happening in their groups and what these networks look like," said Rob Cross, founder of research collective Connected Commons.

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TechTarget
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Rob Cross
9/22/2021

Workplace tools make a difference in productivity, according to a survey that found 90% of workers report being productive with "best-in-class" technology versus only 40% with lesser tech. "High-performing teams, in short, have a deeper connection at a human level and emotional level with each other than teams who simply just view their colleagues as another person who is doing a role," says James Micklethwait of Kahoot, which conducted the survey.

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Canadian HR Reporter
9/22/2021

HR leaders who normally look at data averages can improve their analysis and outcomes by measuring change, team-level resilience, productivity and engagement, writes Molly Tipps of Gartner. HR departments can make better decisions for their organizations when equipped with talent data analytics than enterprise-wide averages. "[I]n times of disruption, data-driven talent decisions should be tempered with consideration of the decision's full implications, including employee perception," Tipps writes.

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