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Mental Health: Coping With the Coronavirus

I’ve always been a “worrier.” I’m not a pessimist, but when I’m worried about something, I lean toward catastrophic thinking. As the coronavirus crisis spirals out of control, it’s easy to imagine the worst is happening – or yet to come. But there are healthy ways to deal with anxiety in these unprecedented times. An article from The Guardian [...]

2020-03-30T09:45:59-04:00March 30th, 2020|

Tech Talk: Building Some Really Long STEM ‘Branches’

There has been no shortage of efforts to define exactly what is a technology or STEM job. We can add another entry to the mix with STEM and the American Workforce, a new report from a coalition of primarily science associations. Its key findings: STEM jobs are one-third of direct employment, two-thirds of total employment, 69% of the country’s [...]

2020-03-26T12:33:43-04:00March 26th, 2020|

Working From Home? Show Your Face and Over-Communicate

There’s no question that the workforce setting is changing, with a growing number of employees working at home (especially amid the coronavirus). What is up for debate? How to maximize communication when your colleague is miles – versus steps – away. A Forbes story – How You Can Still Communicate Effectively With Staff And Coworkers While Working From Home [...]

2020-03-24T09:44:29-04:00March 24th, 2020|

Distance Learning Amid COVID-19: Google Helping to ‘Navigate the Transition’

With many school buildings likely to remain closed throughout the rest of the academic year in the wake of the coronavirus, educators are turning to distance learning. Google has unveiled a variety of resources to assist in this effort. Google CEO Sundar Pichai says: “For educators around the globe, we’ve created new distance learning resources, including a collection of [...]

2020-03-30T09:41:19-04:00March 19th, 2020|

Tech Talk: Taking the Lead in a Time of Need

As of Tuesday, 30 people in Indiana had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and there had been two deaths. However, a mere scroll of your social media timelines will reveal that someone within two degrees of separation likely has the virus or knows someone who is being directly impacted. Last week, President Trump and Governor Holcomb declared national and state [...]

2020-03-18T09:01:15-04:00March 18th, 2020|

GUEST BLOG: The Value of an Engaged Workforce

By Todd Rokita, Apex Benefits general counsel and vice president of external affairs Consider this statement: A hefty paycheck makes for a happy employee. Agree or disagree? Of course, employees want to be paid for the value of their work. And, of course there can be a wide difference of opinion between the employee and the employer as to [...]

2020-03-17T12:28:32-04:00March 17th, 2020|

Sharing Their Take on Telehealth

Beyond today’s coronavirus pandemic and fears about it spreading throughout workplaces and other locations, telemedicine is proving to be an increasingly prudent health care option. But it isn’t a new trend. A recent Society for Human Resource Management employee benefits survey revealed that telemedicine benefits jumped from 23% in 2016 to 72% percent in 2019. Telemedicine takes many forms, [...]

2020-03-15T11:29:00-04:00March 16th, 2020|

Tech Talk: Talkin’ Talent – and All In for Infosys 

We’ve said it before, and we’ll undoubtedly say it again. It’s not an accident that Outstanding Talent is the lead driver of the Chamber’s Indiana Vision 2025 economic development plan. I doubt that many of you reading this will disagree with that assessment in today’s skills environment. The March-April issue of our BizVoice® magazine goes in-depth on education and workforce [...]

2020-03-11T08:45:54-04:00March 11th, 2020|

Working K9 Companions

If you are a pet lover, it’s a natural reaction to want to interact with a dog you see out in public or even at the workplace. But we need to keep in mind a special group of canines – service dogs – which are most likely working when we see them. Cpt. Louie A. Belluomini and his K9 [...]

2020-03-10T13:15:40-04:00March 10th, 2020|

Work Is No Laughing Matter … Or Can It Be?

In the office, we like to break up the “clickety clack” sound of keyboard typing by unexpectedly reciting a random movie quote or music lyric. Just yesterday, a colleague and I burst out the intro to Whitesnake’s rock ballad, “Here I Go Again.” Why? It’s fun! The revelry relieves stress and boosts morale. After a short bout of laughter, [...]

2020-03-06T10:26:17-05:00March 6th, 2020|