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Keeping a remote team motivated and engaged

By Nadia Harris

One of the most common questions about remote work is how to keep a remote team motivated. Many leaders keep sharing concerns about the morale and behavior of their team members. This is also a hot topic on a global scale, resulting in endless discussions in social media. Many ideas are being shared such as playing Bingo or watching movies together that results in sitting in front of a computer screen for many hours. There are also ideas such as sharing small gifts with all team members. And well, as much as such initiatives seem quite pleasant and they express some appreciation – they don’t have much in common with engagement. Additionally, organizations are now discussing how to incentivize employees within physical office spaces if they eventually consider a hybrid working setup. All such ideas will surely impact the employee experience in general, but they definitely won’t directly contribute to long-term motivation and engagement. This is why the aspect of motivating and engaging remote team members must be discussed from a scalable perspective that will impact all team members equally.

Why a people-first culture is the new priority Part 2

By Geraldine Woloch-Addamine

1- The Future of Work is about TRUST to shield from the chaotic world

If you learn about trust everywhere, it’s for a good reason. Trust is the ultimate emotion that can erase burnout. People at high-trust companies report 40% less burnout.

How even is that possible?

When we feel trust, we increase the brain's chemical oxytocin level. This substance activates a brain network that makes us more empathetic and eager to understand others better.

Asking the right questions to track remote team well being

Asking the right questions to track remote team well being Every leader wants to do right by their employees, supporting them through high-intensity periods of work and particularly stressful moments so they don’t get burned out. Building an environment of general team wellbeing, however, starts with taking care of oneself. As a leader, you have to create mental space and have the emotional energy to make sure your whole workforce is supported, and this can be a challenge when you are feeling overly stressed yourself.

Why a people-first culture is the new priority Part 1

By Geraldine Woloch-Addamine

1- What about the Great Resignation or the economic downturn factors?

The Great Resignation is not an isolated phenomenon but rather an ongoing trend - The numbers have been pretty much steady for the past few months. Even in an economic downturn, retaining top talents is critical to sustaining productivity.

We begin to realize the high cost to the organization's performance of relationship deteriorations within teams and its impact on the social capital of companies.

Technology Moves on Stage in Elementary Dance Education

If research shows that technology has drawbacks of disconnecting students from socially interacting or interpersonal experiences (Kryeziu et al., 2021), why would an elementary dance teacher use it in their classroom? Elementary-aged dancers that practice choreographic skills at a young age using technology are covering unchartered territories that can lead to building bridges through the art of dance (Weber et al., 2021).

You Can Relate…but Is It Authentic?

By: Nicole R.H. Baker, PhD, LMFT

            Wake up. Scroll. Lunch break. Scroll. Home from work. Scroll. Before bed. Scroll.  Our phones provide us a plethora of information daily at our fingertips. From the news to social media platforms, we are constantly learning about other’s lives, sharing experiences and gaining knowledge. Or are we?

Engagement Tools That Go Beyond the Office

Engagement! What is it anyway and why is it so important in the workplace?  The idea of engagement in the workplace has a lot to do with what causes individuals to be motivated and excited about their conditions at work. Engagement increases performance, encourages a healthy work-life balance, and has the propensity to keep employees committed to an organization.  It also encourages inclusivity in that it gives everyone an opportunity to participate, reducing barriers and creating stronger connections.

My Lessons are Effective! Why Change the Technology?

Teachers with dispositions of empathy and inclusion can still struggle to merge technology into already-effective lessons. Advocates of blended learning embrace technology as the key to critical thinking (Pulham & Graham, 2018). While student growth is the primary objective to learning, technology is secondary. Online and blended education promote exploration and decision-making, enrich learning opportunities, and encourage collaboration among students (Pulham & Graham, 2018; Thomas, 2022).

How to Get & Stay Healthy in a Stressful World

We are coming off a two-year pandemic, where we were shut up in our houses, juggling work, kids, and their schoolwork, wearing masks forever and ever, and now there is the Ukraine-Russian war and high gas prices! Are you burnt-out or nearly burnt out? I know I’m struggling and I’m trained in how to help others be healthy. There is good stress and bad stress, but in the last three years there has been more bad stress than good. Thank goodness that historically, pandemics only come around every 100 years or so, so we hit the bottom of the barrel and now we’re climbing out.  But to survive, many of us developed bad eating habits during the pandemic.  As we climb past the pandemic, we still face the normal stresses of balancing school and family.

Strategies for Improving Dispositions with Technology

The use of technology in the classroom can be a blessing or a curse. Teachers’ dispositions can be affected by the experiences they encounter when integrating technology with a lesson.