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Promoting Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

There’s plenty of information—everywhere—on how to safeguard our physical health during this COVID-19 situation. But what about mental and emotional health; how do we make sure we’re addressing those needs? Elizabeth Bille and Erin McClintock, in their blog for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), share solid strategies both for organizations and for ourselves.

One important element in alleviating stress with your employees is maintaining flexibility in the workplace. “One of the biggest stressors for many employees is the well-being of those they may care for. Those with children are likely concerned about how to handle school or daycare closures; employees who care for older adults may have increased responsibilities given the CDC’s advice that those populations stay home,” writes Bille and McClintock. Help employees navigate these concerns by providing flexible work arrangements, such as virtual check-ins, telecommuting, flex-scheduling and other plans that may help relieve them of some of their worry. These are extenuating times—look to offer extenuating flexibility and support to your employees.

As with any global health scare, it’s natural that people may experience an increase in fear and anxiety. We know from previous epidemics that quarantine has impacted people’s mental health, and thus we have a responsibility to address this topic—to make it just as vital and attention-garnering as the physical health component. Read the rest of this article to learn about more ways you can support mental health in the workplace during especially stressful times.

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Remote work checklist

Remote working, virtual learning, online living—the COVID-19 situation has required a shift from all of us. For many, this includes working from home. While a few space and routine necessities might seem obvious to some people, chances are we haven’t thought of everything. Chances are we need reminders. Check out this infographic for nine factors to help you stay healthy while working remotely. Whether you’ve done it for years, or this is your first time occasionally working in pajamas, we’re convinced there is something on this list you haven’t thought of. Have a look.

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Seven tips to manage your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak

We’re living in extraordinary times—there’s no denying that for most people around the world, life is different since the introduction of the coronavirus. These are increasingly stressful times, yet humans have persevered throughout history. It’s what we do, how we’re designed. Besides our press-on spirit, never before have we been so well-equipped with tools to help us through this challenge.

Clinical psychologist Desiree Dickerson shares her professional insight on best ways we can take care of ourselves in her article, “Seven Tips to Manage Your Mental Health and Well-being During the COVID-19 Outbreak.” One of Dickerson’s tips is to manage expectations. Routines are changing, and while some people might have more time to increase productivity, many others will experience new challenges: “Difficulty concentrating, low motivation and a state of distraction are to be expected,” states Dickerson. She cautions to “not underestimate the cognitive and emotional load” that COVID-19 brings. Adapting to a new rhythm—one that includes remote work and fewer real-time connections—will take patience and effort. Read Dickerson’s entire article for suggestions on taking care of your mental well-being during this difficult time.

We think this is a topic that every person should discuss–please consider sharing this article with organizations, neighbors, friends—everybody could benefit.

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How Microsoft and Google Measure Up in the Classroom

Use this educational eBook to learn how Microsoft and Google compare in six areas where they are working to support schools in improving student outcomes. Both companies endorse the development of STEM skills, provide tools and training for teachers, offer affordable pricing, and work to ensure student privacy and security. See how Microsoft takes school technology solutions one step further and learn how Microsoft Education is a good fit for your school.

This eBook enables prospects to get a quick glance at the benefits both companies provide through their products and then help them to evaluate the best tools for their needs.

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Put your finger–and business–on the pulse of the modern workplace. Subscribe today and never miss a beat.

With today’s increasingly global business environment comes the need for increasingly global collaboration tools. Microsoft 365, with Teams at the heart of communications, provides the tools and capabilities today’s organizations and businesses need to not only collaborate with colleagues and peers across the world, but equally important, to also take that first critical step toward transforming their traditional workspaces into modern digital workplaces. Subscribe now to stay informed on how Teams at the center of Microsoft 365 can help elevate and transform communication, collaboration, and teamwork throughout your entire organization.

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Why The Sales-Marketing Divide Is Disappearing

We’ve talked a lot about the importance of aligning marketing and sales. Shared data and goals lead to better lead generation and conversion, benefitting everyone. But we also understand that synchronizing these two departments is easier said than done. Using compatible tools like Dynamics 365 for both marketing and sales is a great first step. Check out this article for ideas on how to form a lasting relationship between these two essential functions. And contact us today to learn more.

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Get Help Putting Technology in Your School

When it comes to determining the right technology for your school, there is a lot to consider. This flyer helps prospects understand the whole picture including the costs, benefits and the additional free, learning tools Microsoft offers.

At the bottom of the flyer there is space to include your company logo, a brief description of how you can support onboarding new technology, and a link to your website.

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You Can Create Free Screen Recordings in Your Browser with Microsoft Stream


Did you know you can create videos from a computer screen–no matter the device? Microsoft Stream lets you easily create, edit and animate videos and then share with certain people; for example, classrooms or districts.

In this bite-sized video, learn tips and tricks on using Microsoft Steam. Watch to learn how to record, edit, and trim video, and also easily add animation.

Your customers can comment, like, and re-share on their social media.

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How Microsoft and Google Measure Up in the Classroom

Use this educational eBook to learn how Microsoft and Google compare in six areas where they are working to support schools in improving student outcomes. Both companies endorse the development of STEM skills, provide tools and training for teachers, offer affordable pricing, and work to ensure student privacy and security. See how Microsoft takes school technology solutions one step further and learn how Microsoft Education is a good fit for your school.

This eBook enables prospects to get a quick glance at the benefits both companies provide through their products and then help them to evaluate the best tools for their needs.

View: How Microsoft and Google Measure Up in the Classroom