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Navigating Workplace Transformation: Strategies for Supporting Employees

When COVID first began and organizations shifted to telework, many employees and leaders likely assumed this would be temporary. Now, well over a year after COVID began, conversations regarding return to work have started. Despite these plans, we’re likely to see some continuation of remote work. In uncertain times, the focus of leadership should be…

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Three Rs of Creating a Strong Remote Culture

Although businesses are reopening at full capacity, the sudden shift to remote work due to COVID-19 has left a lasting impression on organizations. There are many benefits to remote work1 and a Gallup survey2 revealed that 59% of employees would like to continue working remotely. Leaders learned the importance of having an agile workforce and…

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Impacts of COVID-19 on Workforce Development

In 2020, the switch to remote work had profound impacts on companies’ abilities to connect with their employees virtually. At FMP, our work shifted to meet the needs of our clients who were struggling to effectively deliver training to their staff. In February of this year, we surveyed 30 respondents to find out how the…

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Eight Strategies for Facilitating Effective Virtual Meetings

With the sudden shift to remote work last March, virtual meetings have become the new way of doing business. Idle chit chat on the way to a meeting, sitting side-by-side around a large conference room table, and physically whiteboarding during in-person brainstorming sessions have been replaced by countless hours in front of a computer screen….

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The Benefits of Applying Behavioral Science to Virtual Employee Recognition Programs

As we near the end of March 2021 and review the landscape, it’s increasingly clear that many of last year’s workplace challenges will continue through this year as well. Like FMP Consultant Haylee Gans describes in her recent FMP Blog on the importance of workplace flexibility, while the COVID-19 pandemic pushed organizations to adopt remote…

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What We Learned in 2020

At the end of a year, many organizations reflect on their work and their accomplishments. Some publish annual reports filled with tables, graphs, and stories describing their impact. They go into the new year excited to use new insights to do bigger and better things.    But 2020 brought lessons that went deeper than the projects we worked on and our accomplishments.  Amid the chaos, challenges, and grief…

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Staying Motivated and Maximizing Workplace Flexibility in the New Year

So, it’s 2021. New year, new you (or, something like that…)! A chance for fresh starts, fresh goals, and reinvigorated motivation. But, if you’re still working from home in the new year, that “fresh start” won’t look like a brand-new work outfit, greeting coworkers and sharing stories of celebrations over coffee in the kitchen, and…

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The Value of Settling in, Not Settling

A recent blog from a co-worker, Mike Camburn, really resonated with me, particularly since I read it while I was on PTO, sitting on the beach. It was one of the few work-related things I read that week- I otherwise did no work during that time away and I took advantage of my down time…

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An Interview with the Expert – Dr. Steve Rogelberg’s Tips for Virtual Meetings

Now that virtual work has become the norm, we are all looking for ways to engage our employees and stay connected. Meetings are one of the few times in a work-from-home day that we have the opportunity to interact with our co-workers. Steven Rogelberg, PhD, has been studying meetings and teams for over 20 years,…

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