If you’re like me, you probably read a lot of what I call “quick” news on our community’s foundational topics of People Success, employee engagement, learning and development, and human resources innovation. But some days I want to go deeper on the hot topics. Here’s a starter list of resources I’ve recently found really interesting. 

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Unlocking Us podcast: Brené with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on Burnout and How to Complete the Stress Cycle

We know burnout has become a pandemic unto itself this year. Brené Brown and her guests (co-authors of the book Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle) unpack, among other things, what the condition means for our bodies.  

One of their conclusions: 2020 is “a perfect storm for burnout and vicarious traumatization.”

Podcast link here.

HBR IdeaCast: Cultivate a Trans-Inclusive Workplace

George Washington University professor Katina Sawyer shines a light on what work life is like for our transgender co-workers.

“What we found, unfortunately, and what we continue to find in our work is that trans people face a lot of discrimination on a daily basis in their workplaces,” she says. Katina also hits on what we know to be a crucial environmental component for all employee populations: belonging.

Podcast link here.

WorkLife with Adam Grant: How Science Can Fix Remote Work

Much of the working world is at least seven months into working from home, and it looks like remote work is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean we can’t improve it.

Adam Grant looks to past learnings—even considering the life of an astronaut—to help us envision how we can make remote work better for everyone.

Link to article and podcast here.

Bonus resource: Glint’s People Success Toolkit for Engagement in a Remote World.

BBC: What Remote Jobs Tell Us About Inequality

I have to work to remove myself from my U.S.-based knowledge-worker’s bubble, one in which everyone’s job moved relatively seamlessly to a remote setup. This article provided a stark reminder that that’s not the case for most people around the world.

The research featured in this story found that “even within the same occupations, considerably fewer jobs could go remote in less advanced economies than developed ones. A major factor is access to technology—less than 50% of the world has a computer at home, and only about 60% has access to the internet.”

Article link here.

Allyship and Anti-racism on Live with LinkedIn Learning

If there’s one thing to take away from the conversation between LinkedIn Vice President of Global Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Rosanna Durruthy and Netflix Vice President of Inclusion Strategy Vernā Myers, it’s that allyship and anti-racism work are a practice rather than a one-and-done project.

“This is ongoing work for all of us,” Rosanna says. “We all have this built-in mechanism around what our biases are… Every day is a new day, where we wake up to our own biases and assumptions. So how do we ensure that we are being activists around our own eradication of bias?” 

Link to article and video here.

The New York Times: Their Bosses Asked Them to Lead Diversity Reviews. Guess Why.

This article reminded me that we still have so much work to do in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace. 

My primary takeaway: “For many Black professionals, the experience of being asked—or even required—to lead or participate in a company’s diversity and inclusion work simply because of their race is an uncomfortable ritual… As the corporate world continues its attempt to respond to the Black Lives Matter movement, such requests threaten to undermine the inclusion efforts they’re supposed to promote. Bosses, managers and colleagues—well-intentioned or otherwise—often fail to recognize the emotional and professional stakes of giving Black employees D.E.I. tasks, like reviewing or writing company statements, leading anti-racism meetings or heading employee resource groups, especially when it’s not their area of expertise.”

Article link here.

Cold Call podcast: Is happiness at work really attainable? 

This is an inspirational story, not only because Henco Global CEO Simon Cohen shares how he recovered from the depths of life-threatening workaholism but also because Harvard University researcher Francesca Gino reminds us how important it is for employees to find happiness at work.

“When people have the opportunity to find joy in the work that they do, and when they also see their contributions and they see that they’re doing well, definitely that helps the organizations overall, and it can be quite contagious for others at work,” she says.

Podcast link here.

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