What A Week! What A Year! What a long road businesses have ahead of them…and it’s not just about PPP loans

Quick News Bites

  • Biden is now our President-elect, after an on-the edge-of-your-seat vote count that still continues including more than 150,000 ballots found stuck U.S. Postal Service processing facilities and not delivered by Election Day. Adding to the drama are legal challenges that, while unlikely to result in a change in the projected result, add a layer of uncertainty and derision.
  • Scientists discovered a bizarre hell planet where it rains rocks and oceans are made of lava called K2-141b. And we thought we lived in hell this year – ha! Jokes on us.
  • The U.S. recorded more than 121,000 new virus cases Friday and the case count has continued to climb since, breaking records along the way. The resurgence is not confined to any one part of the country: 23 states have recorded more cases in the past week than in any other seven-day stretch. One COVID-19 positive election official showed up to supervise despite testing positive and has died. That site had about 2,000 voters that day. As if on cue, a new mutation has been found in mink, proving that the craziness of 2020 will bleed well into 2021.
  • A virus vaccine seems to be on the horizon with Pfizer asserting that their vaccine is exhibiting 90% efficacy. The day cannot come soon enough.

Is your mind spinning yet? Sometimes I marvel at how much information, coming at us fast & furious this past year, our brains are able to process in such short periods of time.

But do you truly know what happens to our brains when faced with change? HR-On Call, Inc. spoke to change management expert and co-owner Sheila Azari to find out.

“Neuroscience research has revealed that an undue amount of stress can cause the brain to shut down and not receive new information. Change is associated with error detection, threats and fear. Change (even receiving advice or information) quickly fires a threat response in the amygdala. This threat response sharply reduces use of the prefrontal cortex, where higher-order thinking occurs.”

Employers around the globe need to understand some of the basics of both cognitive and emotional predictors of employee well-being if they want to effectively response supportively to all that is transpiring around us right now. In 2020, it wasn’t just business’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was the totality of the pandemic, workforce changes, economic uncertainty, addictions and mental illness soared, remote work took on a life of its own everywhere, and the stress and isolation led many to a search for meaning.

People – as in YOUR staff – are spending (or interested in spending) more time pursuing meaningful activities, personal growth, assessing and re-thinking their support networks, and more.

As much as two-thirds of the workforce in America are finding it challenging to work from home, citing social/mental health factors, challenges with social connection, maintaining a sense of control, communicating (you’d be surprised how comfortable employees get with routine, and the ways they’ve grown accustomed to feeling connected to their teams).

A whopping 33% don’t receive weekly expectations from their manager, and the same percentage expect work to change fundamentally.

In short, the profile of employee emotional needs has been radically transformed.

Has your business stopped to think about a new strategy for success, given that your employees are now focused on a “higher purpose” and how that connects to their work?

Because if you don’t know, now you know. ?