Planners’ Picks – September 17, 2020

Planners’ Picks: 
A collection of resources from CSN planning committee members worth mentioning

Today we focus mostly on mental health of you and your staff, with some empowerment sprinkled in.


Why you’re feeling work-from-home burnout—and what can be done

As the pandemic drags on, many remote workers are reporting feeling drained. Here’s what some employers—and employees—are doing to feel better. “If ever there were a time for employers to prioritize the mental health of their workforce, it is now,” Michael Thompson, president and CEO of the National Alliance, said in a statement. “At a time when so many are struggling, employers need to reinforce that the health, safety, and well-being of their employees is job one.”

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Guide & Support

The Department of Psychiatry has compiled a curated collection of resources from a variety of sources to support the mental health and emotional wellbeing of our community during this difficult time. We hope this guide will offer helpful information, expert tips, coping strategies, tools and best practices to support the well-being of individuals and families, as well as healthcare providers on the front-lines of this crisis and the patients they serve.

COVID-19 Materials from LifeMatters

The Employee Assistance Office (EAO) has expanded its services to provide employees with free and confidential statewide coverage, and 24/7 telephone access to professional counselors in support of employees’ personal and work-related concerns through a partner called LifeMatters. Here are some helpful links from LifeMatters on topics such as managing worry and stress, sending kids back to school during COVID, and coping with loneliness while working remotely.

How Intentional Delegating Empowers Employees

One of the most common Achilles’ heels I see in managers is their tendency to micromanage every move of their team. Though this drive to nitpick often stems from perfectionism and a detail-oriented work ethic (which are otherwise advantageous characteristics in the workplace), micromanaging ultimately curbs employee loyalty since it hinders their ability to think and act independently. What’s the solution? Heather Younger says you should trade micromanagement for empowerment.

6 Ways a Crisis Can Help You Cultivate a Growth Mindset

Disruptive, stressful experiences are often opportunities for growth. Research has shown that crises can help lift the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mantra that pervades many organizations, creating new opportunities for people to voice their ideas on how to do things better. HBR offers six suggestions for managers looking to leverage the transition to remote work to nurture a growth mindset in themselves and their teams.

Restore Your Sense of Control — Despite the Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has wrought unprecedented levels of personal and professional upheaval upon many employees. It may irrevocably transform how we work, communicate, eat, shop, date, and travel. Clearly, these are not “normal” times. And yet, society continues to move forward.


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