Editor’s note: Kindness is the theme of this week’s Mental Health Awareness Week. As a part of its support for the week, the Mental Health Foundation carried out research of more than 4,000 adults in the UK to get their thoughts on kindness and its impact on them.
Editor’s note: As organisations face so much change as a result of the Covid-19, they will be looking to understand what the future looks like for them and their sector, the skills needed and so on. This article shares a useful tool for looking into the future and bridging future ideas with current actions. Maybe borrowing from the futurist’s toolkit could be useful right now?
Editor’s note: This article shows the potential for harnessing online communications to surface tacit knowledge in organisations. For example, using AI to analyse text that is extracted from online meetings. The tools are available. Will organisations seek them out to better understand performance challenges?
‘No more water cooler conversations’: 5 ways managers can adapt to the work-from-home-force now, because it’ll be here for a while
Editor’s note: Here we have the behavioural economist’s view on how managers can adapt their behaviours to work effectively with their remote teams. There are some useful tips on communications and building trust.
Editor’s note: Getting slide design right to effectively tell a story or get you message across is not just an elearning challenge, it is a communication challenge for all of us. And it is likely to be more of a challenge as slides can be a useful way of sharing information in virtual environments. There are some good tips here on how to simplify slide design.
Editor’s note: Patti Shank looks at the importance of synchronous online learning elements in the learning process. This is the third part of a series looking at how different live and on demand elements support the learning process.
Editopr’s note: There are some really interesting insights here into how organisations are using Microsoft Teams vs Yammer and Facebook for Work as working from home has taken off as a result of the pandemic. The data shows that different platforms are used for different reasons. Understanding these reasons and measuring how the platforms are being used will be key to understanding what effective remote working looks like, the author says.
Editor’s note: The Learning guild has produced a research report on learning experience design. It provides an overview of experience design, which has been a round for many yeas, and how this is being adopted in learning design. (Free membership required to download the report.)
Editor’s note: A survey of more than 75,000 workers in the UK shows that more than a quarter have not felt supported at work during the Covid-19 pandemic and nearly half feel anxious. Organisations score better on communications. The report highlights the need for clear communications and leadership and a compassionate and carting approach towards employees.
Editor’s note: Edtech entrepreneur Donald Clark has written about more than 100 education theorists and innovators. Here, Harley Richardson pulls them into one curated list. This is a hugely valuable resource for anyone who needs to get up to speed with learning theory and thinking.
Editor’s note: I love that the BBC has made available more than 100 images of sets from a range of programmes. Zoom calls just got snazzier!
Editor’s note: This piece looks at how employers will use their office spaces as lockdown measures are lifted. It’s unclear what role the office will play now that most employees are working remotely. And for employees’ safety there will be implications around social distancing and cleaning desks when working from an office.
Editor’s note: Nearly 90,000 people are taking part in this research carried out by University College London. There are weekly reports sharing the social and psychological experiences of adults in the UK through lockdown. There are some really interesting insights here that will have a bearing on work and how work is experienced currently.
A recent piece of research into the impact of remote working on employees shows that…