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Resource Spotlight: Tools and Resources for Return to “New Normal”

As we begin to think about returning to a “new normal,” many of us are experiencing new stress and anxiety.

According to an article in HR Executive:

“Employees’ mental health is worsening as the return to the workplace looms, according to new research, with rates of stress, anxiety, depressed mood and PTSD risk on the rise once again. The latest data from Total Brain’s Mental Health Index signals an impending trend reversal among female employees, who had seen remarkable mental health improvements since January. Compared to March, women are showing a 33% increase in feelings of anxiety, a 25% increase in stress, and a 23% increase in depressed mood. The index results come as other data has pointed to the concerns that employees have about returning to the workplace. Recent research from Total Brain found that two-thirds of American workers say they feel somewhat or extremely anxious about returning to work. Limeade research found that a shocking 100% of employees surveyed are anxious about returning to the workplace.”

Recognizing these feelings are normal, you’re not alone in them, and addressing them with tools and resources can/may be helpful. This article from Forbes provides strategies to help combat some of the fears and anxieties related to returning to work.

LinkedIn Learning has also put together a list of resources for adjusting to a “new normal” and dealing with stress and anxiety:

To help professionals get the support they need, we’re sharing courses on mindfulness and stress management. Experts will help you learn how to:

  • Cultivate mindfulness practices to increase focus, remain grounded in change and ambiguity, and manage emotional triggers
  • Understand the impact of a mindful physical workspace and how to create one
  • Manage stress and get ‘unstuck’ when you’re overwhelmed
  • Build up your energy reserves so you can show up the way you want to with colleagues and loved ones

Adopt mindfulness practices to shift out of ‘fight or flight

Mindfulness practices calm our nervous system and shift brain activity out of ‘fight or flight’ mode. Discover which mindfulness practices work best for you and how to fit them into any schedule in the following courses:
Mindfulness Practices
The Mindful Workday
Mindful Meditations for Work and Life

Understand and manage stress and overwhelm

Train your brain to get unstuck from overwhelm and stress and create practices in your life that help you feel more spacious and full. Learn how with the help of these courses:
Manage Stress for Positive Change
How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed
Balancing Work and Life
LinkedIn is here to help you navigate the changing world of work with information and resources, including relevant LinkedIn Learning courses to help.

Additionally, both short and long-term mental health resources are available through our EAP and health insurance providers.

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Culture of Care: Resource Spotlight

This week our resource spotlight is turning back to Zoom fatigue, with some solutions to combat it.

You would think that a year into Zoom meetings we would have all mastered the tips and tricks by now, but it seems like I’m always learning of new ways to help. My personal favorite from the following article was the tip to “hide self-view” which I was not aware of until now!

A recent article by Stanford Researchers shows four reasons why video, or zoom, meetings fatigue us, with helpful and simple solutions for each. See the reasons and solutions summarized here:

Excessive amounts of close-up eye contact is highly intense. In a normal meeting, everyone’s focus is usually on the person speaking, but in Zoom meetings everyone is usually looking at everyone, and the amount of eye contact is much greater. Faces on Zoom are usually much larger than how you normally would experience when you’re with someone in person which can cause our brains to interpret it as an intense situation. Solution: Take Zoom out of the full-screen option to minimize face size and increase space between yourself and your camera.

Seeing yourself during video chats constantly in real-time is fatiguing. It’s unnatural to have to look at your own face while you are speaking in real-time. When you see a reflection of yourself, you are typically more critical of yourself. Solution: Use the “Hide self-view” button in zoom. You can access it by right clicking your own photo, or hovering and clicking on the three dots. Then click on “hide self-view”.

Video chats dramatically reduce our usual mobility. In-person and audio conversations allow us to walk around and move more. However, in video conferencing you are restricted to a smaller space so you can stay in the camera view. Solution: Move the camera further back so there is more space to move, and periodically turn your camera off for a brief nonverbal rest.

The cognitive load is much higher in Zoom. When we are face-to-face nonverbal communication is natural. In video meetings we have to work much harder to send and receive signals. It requires more thought which in turn leads to more cognitive load. Solution: Not only take breaks by turning off your camera, but by turning away from the computer and taking some time for audio only communication to lessen your cognitive load.

Take good care.

Culture of Care Team

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