New tools can help boost wellbeing and soothe unexpected stresses of working from home

“Technology has not only played a key role in helping people work remotely and stay productive, it is also proving to be a key part of preserving and creating wellbeing,” says Janardhan, general manager of MyAnalytics and Workplace Analytics, the platforms for data-driven insights behind the new features.

“We have an accountability at Microsoft to help enterprises foster wellbeing and mindfulness for their employees so that they’re woven into their day and not an afterthought. When you focus on wellbeing and bringing in mindfulness at all levels, it can change the whole business. It can change business outcomes and how every employee feels.”

The features were designed to help people overcome remote work challenges detailed in several Microsoft studies. One study found that people are working after hours and on weekends more frequently at home than they did in the office. Another study found that remote work is leading to

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Johnson & Johnson Seeks Female Researchers Working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., Sept. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson & Johnson today announced that it is accepting applications for its 2021 Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) Scholars Award, aimed at supporting assistant or associate academic professors in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Manufacturing and Design. For three years, each recipient will receive mentorship from leaders at Johnson & Johnson and a total $150,000 ($50,000 each year). The deadline for applications is Oct. 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. HST, and guidelines and additional details are available here:

Launched in June 2017, the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award aspires to fuel development of female STEM2D leaders, and inspire career paths in STEM2D, by supporting the research of the awarded women in their respective STEM2D fields.

Dr. Naama Geva-Zatorsky, one of the 2019 winners of the Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholars Award, along with her team of researchers at

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Love working from home? Here are 20 of the best jobs and careers for being remote

The coronavirus has forced — or, maybe inspired? — us to judiciously reconsider everything from where we live to what we value most in our homes. Amid shutdowns and evolving safety guidelines, businesses have swiftly adopted new business models, selling subscription boxes and going virtual to stay connected with customers during These Unprecedented Times. We’ve also become more thoughtful neighbors and enthusiastic cheerleaders of our local businesses.

As we all try to understand and embrace “a new normal,” many of us are pondering a career change. Millions of Americans have been laid off since the start of the pandemic, thrusting them into job searches for the first time in years. For others, it may be the momentum of change and the quest for self-fulfillment that’s leading them to consider new options. Also? Many of us have simply become accustomed to working from home and don’t want to return to

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Working from home isn’t for everyone

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Working from home isn’t for everyone.

It can feel lonely. Motivation is sometimes hard to come by. Boundaries between work and home are nonexistent.

And can we talk about the endless distractions?

It’s going to be a while before many of us can return to the office. So I asked career experts for some solutions to common work-from-home problems that will make our remote lives a little easier.

  • You’re worried about your career: Now that almost everyone in your company is working from home, you might have more access to meetings and conversations that only higher-level executives used to attend. Ask to join those meetings. You can learn new information, meet new people and find new opportunities.
  • Motivation is lacking: Time can seem
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Alberta’s education minister says school re-entry plan is working despite COVID-19 outbreaks, cases in schools

a person holding a kite while standing in the grass: Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange attends a ground-breaking at the site of Ecole a la Decouverte in Edmonton, Sept. 10, 2020.

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Alberta Minister of Education Adriana LaGrange attends a ground-breaking at the site of Ecole a la Decouverte in Edmonton, Sept. 10, 2020.

Education Minister Adriana LaGrange says the government’s back-to-school plan is working, even as 24 cases of COVID-19 and three outbreaks have been linked to schools.

Concerns about school safety continued to dog LaGrange on Thursday at a groundbreaking in the Castle Downs neighbourhood of Edmonton for a new K-9 French school, École A la Decouverte.

LaGrange said she was confident the health guidelines and procedures for notifying parents when a case of COVID-19 is identified were rolling out well.

“We have a very strong plan and from what I’m hearing it is working,” she told reporters after the ceremony, referring to a meeting Wednesday with superintendents and school board representatives.

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw said at her Thursday

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DeSoto gets taken over by state education agency; superintendent says he did not resign, plans to continue working

This is story is being constantly updated.

a sign on the side of a building: DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

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DeSoto Independent School District headquarters sign in DeSoto, Texas, Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

DeSoto ISD will be taken over by a state-appointed conservator.


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And D’Andre Weaver, the district’s superintendent who announced plans to resign on Sunday during an emergency meeting, told The Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he did not sign a board-approved voluntary resignation agreement and plans to continue as DeSoto’s superintendent.

The Texas Education Agency sent a certified letter to the DeSoto board of trustees Wednesday, informing the district that A.J. Crabill, a former TEA deputy commissioner of education for governance, would serve in that role.

Investigators published a final report last month highlighting financial mismanagement that took place from 2012 to 2018, where the district amassed a $21.6 million budget shortfall through lax management and lavish spending. The report recommended

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Logitech CEO on the surge in computer product sales as people continue remote education and working from home

Bracken Darrell, Logitech CEO, joined The Final Round to discuss the surge in demand for computer tech as more people work from home indefinitely and his outlook for the tech sector heading into the end of the year.

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SEANA SMITH: Welcome back to “The Final Round.” Well, work from home equipment is still hard to find as companies struggle to address supply shortages. Well, Logitech, it’s one firm that’s been working nonstop to try and keep up with demand. So for more on this, we want to bring in Logitech’s CEO. We have Bracken Darrell joining us now to discuss all this. And Bracken, I know your stock has been on a tear. Shares up more than 60% this year. Now, we’re in this back to school season. I took a look at your website earlier today. You’re still out of stock on a number of your products,

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Working Families Face Rising Special Education and Mental Health Challenges, Torchlight Report Finds

BOSTON, Sept. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Torchlight, a leading provider of employee-caregiver support solutions, today announced the results of its multi-phased report of the hardships U.S. employees are facing during COVID-19. The Torchlight Report of Working Caregiver Concerns found that U.S. employees are under siege on multiple fronts as they manage escalating education issues with their children, surging mental health and social challenges with both their children and elderly family members, and their own increasing burnout due in part to

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Four-day working week could create 500K new jobs in UK, study says

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A four-day week in the public sector would create up to half a million new jobs and help limit the rise in unemployment expected over the coming months, according to research by the progressive thinktank Autonomy.

Amid concerns that the jobless total is set to rise sharply as the Treasury’s furlough scheme is wound down, the thinktank said the time was right for Rishi Sunak to pioneer a shorter working week.

The Autonomy study represents the first attempt to quantify the jobs impact of a four-day week, with the thinktank saying it would be possible for public sector workers to go on to a 32-hour week with no loss of pay.

A sign is seen outside a branch of Jobcentre Plus, a government run employment support and benefits agency, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in London, Britain, August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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A sign is seen outside a branch of Jobcentre Plus, a government run employment support and benefits agency, as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in

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Four-day working week in public sector could create 500,000 jobs, says thinktank report

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The public sector should switch to a four-day week to create 500,000 jobs and help ease a predicted spike in unemployment following the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report.

The Autonomy thinktank said “the time has come” for a shorter working week as the end of the government’s furlough scheme in October is expected to cause an unemployment crisis.

Research by the thinktank suggests public sector workers could move to a 32-hour week without any loss in wages at a cost of up to £9bn a year.

This figure, according to Autonomy, represents 6 per cent of the public sector salary bill and costs the same amount as the furlough employment scheme brought in to save jobs during the peak of the pandemic.

Moving to a four-day week would have the biggest impact in so-called “red wall” seats in the north of England and the

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