For many people, work lives take place on a screen and virtual meetings are on a gallery view grid. We’ve likely all been in online meetings where one person is talking the whole time and continuously sharing their screen. Be honest, where was your attention? Were you fully engaged?

Passivity, disengagement, and exhaustion are our virtual reality at work as we remain in the same chair, eyes looking at the same screen, with our mute buttons on. When people talk about Zoom burnout, I think what they mean is bad Zoom meetings are exhausting. And they are!

But your virtual meeting does not have to be this way! You can foster a higher level of engagement and connection virtually, but first we need to understand our engrained relationships to our screens and how to change it in order to create engaging virtual meetings.

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The right DIY virtual icebreakers get your online meetings & team building activities off to a great start. Which are the right ones though?

If you are looking for DIY ideas for virtual icebreakers (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, WebEx etc.) for your next team meeting, a quick google search might turn up 7 million ideas. There are so many virtual icebreakers lists out there, it can be overwhelming just sifting through them.
Which icebreakers work? Which ones are fun? Which ones are lame? Which ones make sense for your particular team or group? Which meet your objectives?

These are all questions you might want to consider before leading an icebreaker, and it could take some time reading through many lists to find some that will work for your team.

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Workplace Culture 2021.

The workplace as we knew it changed drastically and rapidly in 2020. For most people, 2021 is a welcome change in the calendar as 2020 was a challenging year in so many ways. We anticipate all the ways in which our world was transformed so rapidly will have long lasting impacts in our lives and workplaces well into this new year and beyond.

The dawn of a new year is an invitation to pause, look back, and reflect on what has worked and what has not worked and press the reset button. Pressing reset is not a way to erase this past year, although I know many might want to! Instead, reset is a way to be reflective and intentional about taking forward what is working and leaving behind what is not working

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Give back through team building

In the 20-ish years that we have been designing and delivering team and leadership development programs we have been pleased to notice the increase in requests we get to incorporate a way to give back to the local or even global community while at the same time offering an experience that unites teams and builds relationships.

Our first involvement with a non-profit organization has proven to have staying power. In 2009 we delivered our first in person “Play it Forward” program which partners with a fantastic organization called Kiva.

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We do not have to go far to find someone who is experiencing a decrease in their mental health since the pandemic began. We are not alone in our struggle. The World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent survey of 130 countries states that in 93% of countries worldwide, since the pandemic began the demand for mental health is increasing and yet access and underfunding of mental health supports is lagging or has been disrupted.

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If you find yourself feeling exhausted due to workplace burnout, you are not alone. Perhaps you experience some, all, or many of the following; long hours trying to and work/parent/live in the same space, political or economic uncertainty, pandemic related health concerns (could be physical or emotional), feeling isolated, and so many more. Some days it can feel hard separating home life from work life.

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Learning

In a previous post about resilience training we talked about embracing the process of learning. Leaning into the process of learning is uncomfortable because we are developing and ‘working out’ new parts of our brain which builds new neural pathways.

Accepting and embracing being uncomfortable as part of the learning process grows our resilience because naturally we are prone to avoid unease and uncomfortable feelings.

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social interaction

“Reduced social interaction, increased workloads, and lack of well-being and mental health supports” contribute to half (49%) of the workforce looking to quit their job despite the global uncertainty according to the Hays Canada survey. The article suggests even something as simple as regularly talking with our employees and asking how they are doing is a good start to showing our teams that we care about their well-being.

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Reiliance

This year, I’ve slowly been learning to juggle which happens to be a good analogy for resilience training for leaders and teams. I would not call myself a juggling expert, it has been a slow learning process. It is a reminder to me how uncomfortable and good learning can be. In order to continue to…

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Defining Well-Being As the well-being of our teams (comprised of a collection of unique individuals with differing needs) and the well-being of our organizations are in flux, it is a good time to reflect and pause to get clarity around what well-being is within our work contexts. Well-being and what it could or should mean…

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