36 results for author: Michael Stallard


How to Prepare for Rising Stress Ahead

When a big storm is forecast to come our way, Katie, my wife, starts to plan ahead, just in case we lose power: non-perishable food in the pantry (check), flashlights with working batteries (check), gas in the car (check), some cash on hand (check). She ...
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Protecting Remote Workers’ Productivity and Performance

Practically overnight the vast majority of office workers became remote workers when social distancing measures put in place in March to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus dramatically changed the way we go about our days. If that was you, over the last ...
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Protecting Employees from COVID-19 through Connection

How can we protect people in the workplace so they don’t contract COVID-19? The Centers for Disease Control just released guidelines for offices that include temperature and symptom checks; encouraging employees who have COVID-19 symptoms or sick family ...
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Why Relational Connection is So Important During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the need for social distancing, quarantine and isolation so that vulnerable individuals are not exposed to the virus and healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Collectively, we understand the goodness ...
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Boost Connectedness to Reverse Rise of Suicides in America

With the exception of America, suicide rates over recent decades have declined in most of the world.  Suicides in the US have risen more than 50% from 2005 to 2017 and now exceed deaths by motor vehicle incidents. In 2017, the most recent year data is ...
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The #1 Obstacle to Great Workplace Culture

“The level of toxicity in the workplace is at an all-time high,” warns Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (“SHRM”). Taylor’s organization recently set up a pop-up coffee house in the middle of the Oculus at ...
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America’s Loneliness Epidemic: A Hidden Systemic Risk to Organizations

Much has been written about America’s loneliness epidemic, including in the workplace. The word “loneliness” in the work context is a misnomer. It doesn’t capture the whole story. What about all of the individuals who might not think of themselves ...
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Why Women Leaders Are Outperforming Men

The first to study female leadership 30 years ago, Sally Helgesen wrote a ground-breaking book titled The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership. As she studied a number of America's most successful female leaders by following them around and closely ...
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Young Entrepreneurs Find a Powerful Advantage by Encouraging Human Connection

Loneliness is a pervasive problem for both individuals and companies. Working in a culture of connection provides a powerful boost. Step through the doors of a Craftwork Coffee Co. location in Fort Worth, Texas, and you'll find inviting aromas and friendly ...
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3 Practices to Improve the Contribution of Your Core Employees

The prevalence and extreme nature of star systems in organizations today contribute to widespread employee disconnection and disengagement, particularly among core employees. Employees can be regarded as stars, core employees, or strugglers. Stars are ...
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Are You (and Your Employees) Protected from the Stress-Connection Gap?

The nature of modern work has caused stress to rise to unhealthy levels at a time when people are also struggling with increased isolation. When you add up the hours spent on the job, commuting and doing additional work at home on our laptops and smartphones, ...
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3 Steps to Improve Quality and Safety

Mistakes and accidents can literally be a matter of life and death in certain industries. Workers in healthcare, construction, aerospace/defense, airline and automobile manufacturing, for instance, must be highly attuned to eliminating mistakes and accidents. ...
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