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Digital kindness: 10 ways to help your colleagues’ mental health
As we draw towards the end of this year's #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek, its message shouldn't stray far from our minds. This year's theme of kindness is more relevant than ever. In this time of change and upheaval in our personal and work lives, we should be regularly checking up on colleagues. This article gives ten simple but insightful ways to show that we care about the mental wellbeing of those we work with. Try scheduling coffee check-up chats, or perhaps share a funny news article or meme, as you would in the office. Or, try a virtual walking meeting, it gets you out of the house and has been shown to aid in creative thinking and engagement. Remember that kindness is a powerful thing when shown to ourselves as well as others. Show digital kindness to yourself by stepping away from your screens; from work, from the news, and enjoy some offline time. Click the photo below for more tips on digital kindness.
Are video calls good for equality?
Are virtual meetings having an inadvertent effect on equality in the workplace? Grace Chen, CEO of a tech firm argues that for women particularly, video calls have had an equalising effect through the medium of the “neutral rectangle”. When your visibility is reduced to what fits inside that rectangle, many other factors are made invisible, Grace argues. In other words: “Many of the things that subconsciously remind people of your gender are no longer apparent” and this seems to have had a knock on effect on gender biases. Yet this begs the question, must women be reduced to an image on a computer screen to be seen as equitable workers? The hope is that the benefits we have gained from video meetings will translate into the post-pandemic world of work; not just the gender balancing, but the intermingling of work with family life, and the new-found flexibility of work. Read more about Grace Chen’s experience by clicking the image below.