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                                  A Message From Dr. Helen

Many people are trying to limit their exposure to ongoing pandemic-related news. But it’s hard to ignore it. I saw something online about how we’re all going through a storm of sorts but we’re not all in the same boat. Some people are relatively secure and sheltered – they can focus on enjoying a slower pace, time with their loved ones, and spending time on creative activities/hobbies. Others are on the front lines with overwhelming workloads. Others are too stressed out or sick to do much of anything.

The federal government is encouraging non-essential employees to focus on professional development, policy development, and other things that will be important for the longer term. Many employees whose fiscal year ended on March 31st have delayed their performance planning and review until things go back to ‘normal.’ Whatever boat you’re in, if there’s something that I can do to help, please book a free 15-minute ‘check-in’ appointment with me. No obligation, no sales pitch.



Chances are, that lately, you’ve been feeling worn out, or worse. But this will pass, and the end is in sight. And while things may never go back to completely normal, the day will come when we go back to something close to normal. We are sure to emerge from this feeling like we’re coming out of hibernation: a little fuzzy-headed, a little disoriented. Here are some suggestions for bouncing back.

Over the past weeks, I’ve heard what some employers are doing, what’s working, and what still needs some improvement. In this blog post, I’ll share some ideas based on what’s working and I’ll suggest some other options based on applied research that I’ve squeezed in over the past weeks. 

It is easy to be confused by work situations that seem informal but have unwritten rules. If you’re comfortable in the organization in which you work it can be easy to lose your sense of professionalism. How can you maintain good workplace boundaries while still being part of the team?

I'm excited to announce my online group coaching series! Online career coaching is an excellent way to get valuable and timely information from a knowledgeable professional who you can trust. Unlike most online training, this will be live and interactive – and hosted by yours truly!

The first session will focus on navigating career changes during a pandemic and will cover key steps to take while you’re still employed and/or receiving income, what to do post-lay-off due to COVID-19, what types of skills and/or training are worth pursuing, and more. I'm offering this session on two dates: May 14 and May 20 — please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 


Free Audible Accounts for Students 

For as long as schools are closed, Audible is offering free accounts to students. Right now, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. 

10 Brilliant WFH Productivity Tips 

Dr. Adam Grant (whose academic background is similar to mine) has spent his career studying how people are motivated by and find meaning in their work. In this article, he shares his top tips on how to be productive while managing the anxiety that comes from so much uncertainty. 
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