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Lessons in Empathy From ‘Ted Lasso’ Apr 04, 2022

Oxford Dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.” The last few years have shed light on the importance of experiencing empathy and appreciating those who show it to us.

There are numerous examples of leading with empathy, but leave it...

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A Proactive Approach to Taking Earned Time Off Mar 01, 2022

Heading into springtime, many of us are thinking about ways to enjoy time away from meetings and deliverables. Unfortunately, recent data shows we are not entirely using a vital employee benefit: getting paid not to work. Brand-new research from the U.S. Travel Association says in...

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The Role of HR and Internal Communicators as Trusted Advisors Feb 15, 2022

Chasing the Sun focuses on the well-being of the individual, team and enterprise. A robust and strategic partnership between human resources (HR) and internal communications can play a significant role in the well-being of all three.

Designing and executing a successful well-being program...

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Removing Stress and Anxiety by Writing the Unwritten Rules Jan 31, 2022

Business leaders, take a few minutes to reminisce about your first week at your current or last job. Ask yourself: What could have been communicated to me during my first week to reduce my stress and anxiety during my job?

Now, step into the shoes of those external or internal candidates you want...

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Designing a Personal Fool-Proof Wellness Plan Jan 25, 2022

As we set our professional goals for the new year, many of us focus on positively impacting our teams and our companies. Part of this process is ensuring we as individuals are mentally and physically fit to endure the challenges ahead of us.

Some of us have successfully taken care of ourselves...

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A 360-degree Perspective on Well-being Jan 19, 2022

For years, employee wellness programs centered around human resources (HR) benefits and opt-in exercise challenges. While designed with good intention, the pandemic has shown us a significant opportunity for communicators, HR leaders and wellness professionals to act together as trusted advisors...

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The Well-Being of the Client-Agency Relationship Jan 03, 2022

The pandemic has helped humanize all relationships in our profession including the one between agency and client. 

As someone who has led more than a dozen account teams throughout my career, I know firsthand the importance of having perspective on the blending of personal and professional...

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Thank You, PR Heroes Nov 01, 2021

It’s 10:57 p.m. on a Thursday. You just put your kids down to bed. You also want to go to bed, but first, you need to review tomorrow’s new business presentation materials. 

News alerts keep popping up about shifts in mask mandates. You don’t know if you’re taking...

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The Career Well-Being of Your Team Oct 01, 2021

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the season for football, pumpkin spice lattes and — team planning! Christine Mohammadpour

As business leaders, we take pride in the people and teams we manage. Their success is our success and gives us the confidence to continue to...

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Wellness Challenges With Lasting Impact Sep 04, 2021

The premise behind corporate wellness challenges offers good intentions. Challenges promote a sense of mental and physical well-being that can solicit a sense of community across a team or organization. 

From a strategic standpoint, challenges help employees feel healthier, making them more...

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Survey Shows How PR Pros Can Take Care of Themselves Aug 03, 2021

Over the last 17 months, we’ve witnessed the world turn upside-down. And the people who are part of the communications profession played a significant role in keeping us alert, aware and safe from COVID-19.

Earlier this year, we surveyed 100 communicators on the state of their well-being, a...

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Leading by Example Aug 02, 2021

Regardless of what stage you’re in your career, know that you are the future of the PR profession.

People look up to us to set an example. They look at every move we make. They analyze every email we send, how we lead meetings, and overall, how we conduct ourselves and treat others.

While...

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