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Built for this Moment: Grokker's Employee C.A.R.E. Package

We all thought it would be over by now. The pandemic, the disruption, the uncertainty. But here we are, 18 months in, and we're still not quite sure what surprises or setbacks are around the next corner. While we're making progress towards getting back to "normal," we're feeling tired and unmotivated, struggling to feel like our old selves. As a result of everything — the relentlessness of everything — senior managers are desperate to help their employees, bring them together, and give them something they can count on.

That's where our new 30-day program, the Employee C.A.R.E. Package, comes in.

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Why Health Plan Providers Should Reconsider Their Wellbeing Solutions Right Now

For all of the challenges and difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic — lock downs, lost loved ones, a looming sense of uncertainty, and dramatic changes to our daily lives and work lives — there are a lot of learning lessons and silver linings that industry leaders are tapping into. One of these is the ability to speak openly about, and recognize the importance of, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and with all of your diverse members.

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I Am Proud

As the stepmom to a nonbinary, bisexual stepkid, June holds special importance to me. It is a month out of the year where we can celebrate the beautiful diversity that our LGBTQ+ family, friends, and colleagues bring to our lives.

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Join Us! Wellbeing Trends in the Pandemic-Era Workplace

The past year took a toll on our bodies and minds, leaving everyone stressed out, exhausted, and close to burnout. With the return-to-work transition underway, there’s no better time to hang up our pandemic spurs and lay claim to some priceless wellbeing gold. In other words, head into the next normal with a plan to support your employees in a way that promotes self-care, deeper connections, and higher levels of engagement.

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Diversity Efforts Aren’t a Trend: Juneteenth Is Here to Stay

One hundred and fifty six years after Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas to announce the ending of slavery, President Biden has written Juneteenth into law as a federal holiday in the U.S. While June 19th, this “Second Independence Day,” gives us reason to formally celebrate African Americans’ rich history and culture, it’s important to note that it wasn’t until 2020, after the death of George Floyd and amidst the Black Lives Matter protests across the country, that Juneteenth — at long last — entered the public consciousness in a more meaningful way. Indeed, as a Canadian executive managing a North American team, Juneteenth entered my consciousness for the first time last year as I worked to help my team absorb and react to the events happening south of the border — and around the world. 

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Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

As the month of July is upon us, it’s important to remember that the values and sentiments of Juneteenth don’t end in July. The observation and celebration of equity, inclusivity, and diversity in the workplace should be the norm and is something we need to carry on every month of the year. 

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How to Help Employees With Work From Home Fatigue

The global pandemic prompted wide-reaching industries to pivot to remote workforces. Few employees were prepared for this seemingly radical shift even though the work from home trend had evolved by upwards of 400 percent during the last decade, according to remote workforce statistics published by Tech Republic. Those who were unprepared or not well suited to the change grew tired of working from home relatively quickly. Some developed the telltale signs of work from home fatigue and digital fatigue from excessive screen usage. These issues can be overcome with sound policies, infrastructure, and time management strategies.

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Workplace Wellbeing Assessment

Although the idea of conducting a workplace wellness assessment may seem like a purely qualitative exercise, wide-reaching data and professional research indicate quantitative goals are affected as well. A Gallup study supports the position that the cost of poor workplace wellbeing negatively impacts an organization's goal achievement and bottom line. These are key takeaways from Gallup's research.

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Transgender Employees - Inclusion in the Workplace

Even though June is Pride Month, it’s important to carry on the values of Pride through the rest of the year. Although Pride is a great way to celebrate the impact and history of the LGBTQ+ community, it’s important to remember that, as a society, there is still a lot of work to do in order to reach a more equitable and inclusive culture, especially in the workplace. 

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Culture of Trust

The difference between an organization that enjoys a culture of trust and one that does not is akin to a good or bad relationship. Healthy relationships foster trust, communication, and a sense of wellbeing. The precise opposite is true of dysfunctional ones that cause everyday people stress and anxiety before getting out.

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When is the Best Time to Roll Out an Employee Wellbeing Solution?

In a word, now. Over the past year, we’ve learned that employees depend on employer support to help them not just cope with periods of change and uncertainty, but to maintain their daily, whole-person wellbeing. The transition back to the office and into post-pandemic workplace norms is going to reveal additional challenges — and opportunities to take employee wellbeing to the next level.

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George Floyd's Legacy in the Workplace

May 25, 2020, was a day we’ll never forget. I remember the pain and heartache I felt learning witnessing the horrific murder of another Black person at the hands of police. On top of the pain that we were already feeling about the global pandemic and the lockdown, it just felt like too much. And I grieved that all of us were living in a world where something like that could happen, could still happen, after all these years and decades of equal rights talk and activism. Unfortunately, talk and activism weren’t enough to save George Floyd’s life — to give him the breath he called out for, the breath taken away from so many others before him.

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NEW GUIDE

Caring For Remote Employees

Many organizations continue to work in remote and hybrid models as the pandemic winds down, but many employees, when given the option to return to work, would actually prefer to continue working remotely. Our new guide, Taking Care of Remote Employees: The Key To Business Success Beyond the Pandemic, gives you actionable steps to ensure that your employees feel supported no matter where they are working. 

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