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The Hidden Toll of Remote Work

Switching to Zoom forever might be convenient, but it’s a recipe for loneliness.

Availability Bias Is Messing With Summer Planning

Our natural optimism points in one direction, even as recent history points in another.

Lessons From 30 Years of Government Reform Efforts

There’s much that newcomers to government should learn from the past.

How to Spot ’Emotional Suffering’ During COVID-19 (And What to Do)

A year after the COVID-19 outbreak, many still report emotional distress. An expert describes what to look for and steps to help yourself and others.

How New Agency Leaders Can Get Off to a Successful Start

Whether you’re a new appointee or a career executive starting a new assignment, take some advice from your predecessors.

Will Your Work Ever Get Back to Normal?

With more and more people getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a group of experts breaks down what work could look like in a post-pandemic future.

3 Ways Employers Could Help Fight Vaccine Skepticism

Surveys suggest people trust companies more than government and the media, showing they have an important role in helping end the pandemic.

How to End a Conversation Without Making Up an Excuse

A certain notion of politeness requires pretending the ideal interaction would go on forever. That’s ridiculous.

CDC Stats on COVID-19 Deaths Obscure Structural Racism

The CDC controls for geography in its statistics about racial and ethnic disparities in COVID-19 deaths. Researchers say that's a problem.

Managers: It's Time to Bring Back 'Show and Tell'

How you can connect your remote team through personal knowledge.

Only Your Boss Can Cure Your Burnout

People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.

One Key to Making a Leadership Offsite a Success: Logic Models

It's a way to weave evidence into the agenda of a leadership strategy session, providing a real chance for actionable takeaways or recommendations.

Social Media Checks Can Bring Bias into Hiring

The way HR professionals check new job candidates' online info and social media posts, known as "cybervetting," can lead to bias in hiring.

Late-Stage Pandemic Is Messing With Your Brain

We have been doing this so long, we’re forgetting how to be normal.

Pandemic Pushed Many Moms out of the Workforce

New research documents how the COVID-19 pandemic, and resulting loss of in-person education for kids, has sidelined mothers from the workforce.

When Your Chance for a COVID-19 Shot Comes, Don’t Worry About the Numbers

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine that the FDA cleared Saturday was 66% effective overall in preventing moderate to severe covid, while the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 90% effective. But the numbers aren’t exactly comparable. And all three shots prevent hospitalization and death.