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Maximizing your energy during COVID-19

April 14, 2020

By: Gretchen M. Spreitzer, David Fessell, Nicholas W. Eyrich


The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a high degree of uncertainty into our homes, businesses and minds on a global scale. Lack of consistency in our daily schedules and unanswered questions have stimulated anxiety, which is amplified by the staggering statistics being constantly presented to us. Those continuing to work, either remotely or on site, are […]

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U-M online learning opportunity to focus on thriving in difficult times

April 13, 2020


How are you surviving? This is the question friends and family have asked one another many times over the last few weeks as COVID-19 has dramatically changed life as we know it.  Now, a new teach-out from the University of Michigan encourages a change in the conversation, focused on how individuals, families and organizations can […]

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Scott Sonenshein shares work-from-home tips in TIME article

April 13, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Scott Sonenshein offers advice for working remotely in the TIME magazine article “Don’t Bring Your Work Messes Home. Simple Steps to Working Well in the Midst of Coronavirus.” The article explores how to avoid introducing work clutter and chaos into your home life. Sonenshein suggests the following steps to […]

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Compassion is key during coronavirus crisis, researchers tell Harvard Business Review

April 13, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Monica Worline and CPO Research Advisory Board member Brianna Caza share tips for how to navigate workplace relationships during the coronavirus crisis in the Harvard Business Review article, “What Your Coworkers Need Right Now Is Compassion.” The article notes that although many workers are on edge as they […]

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Job crafting may be the antidote for workplace burnout, Harvard Business Review reports

April 13, 2020


The Harvard Business Review article “If You’re Burning Out, Carve a New Path” cites research on job crafting by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Jane Dutton and faculty affiliate Amy Wrzesniewski. The article notes that monotony, lack of flow and lack of autonomy can negatively impact mental health and lead to stress and burnout […]

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How to connect meaningfully in a virtual meeting

April 10, 2020

By: Wayne Baker


10 guidelines to promote meaningful connections in a time of social distancing Belonging is a fundamental human need. From infancy, we are driven to connect. Connections with others are vital for our mental and physical health and wellbeing. That’s why—in a time of social distancing—it’s more important now than ever before to connect meaningfully in […]

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Kim S. Cameron, Andrew J. Hoffman discuss positive leadership on Harvesting Happiness podcast

April 7, 2020


University of Michigan scholars Kim S. Cameron and Andrew J. Hoffman talk about shaping a new generation of business leaders in the Harvesting Happiness episode “Management as a Calling: Yielding Positive Performance Through Positive Leadership.” Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder and core faculty member Cameron tells host Lisa Cypers that virtuous practices can create […]

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Small moments can make a big difference


April 7, 2020


Physicians can use “micropractices” during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond to increase calm and elevate emotional wellness, Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty associate David P. Fessell writes in the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Self-care micropractices only take a moment, can be done virtually anywhere and can be triggered by any recurring […]

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CNBC quotes Lindsey Cameron on gig economy during coronavirus pandemic

April 3, 2020


The CNBC article “ ‘I simply won’t be able to meet my day-to-day living expenses:’ How coronavirus is impacting gig workers” examines challenges employees are facing and how the pandemic might affect our future economy. Some—but not all—companies have launched emergency policies to protect gig workers, who often don’t receive sick pay or health benefits. […]

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Job crafting can build moral muscle, Harvard Business Review article says

April 3, 2020


The Harvard Business Review article “Craft a Career That Reflects Your Character” cites research by Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) co-founder Jane Dutton and faculty affiliate Amy Wrzesniewski. The article encourages workers to harness the types of job crafting that Dutton and Wrzesniewski have identified in their research—cognitive, task and relational—to not just make work […]

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Jane Dutton, Amy Wrzesniewski explain job crafting in Harvard Business Review

March 23, 2020


Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) core faculty member Jane Dutton and faculty affiliate Amy Wrzesniewski examine how employees can make their work more engaging and meaningful in the Harvard Business Review article “What Job Crafting Looks Like.” Drawing on 20 years of research, the women write that they’ve observed three main forms of job crafting—task […]

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