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By: | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

Experts tell us more employees than ever before are seeking support or time off to address stress, anxiety and other mental health challenges. Do you know what to do when a team member approaches you?

When an employee discloses that they have a mental health condition, it can be hard to know how to handle the conversation, especially if this is the first time you’ve faced such a situation, explains Amy Gallo in the Harvard Business Review. The good news is that these can be productive conversations, as long as you follow a few pieces of advice.

By: | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

It turns out, reading isn’t just good for learning new information. According to a report in Inc.com, reading also changes how your brain works.

The changes can be short-term, and experts disagree on some details, but a growing body of scientific literature shows that reading is basically an empathy workout. By nudging us to take the perspective of characters very different from ourselves, it boosts our emotional intelligence quotient.

By: | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

When someone in the workplace is acting like a jerk, it’s natural to get defensive, but that only escalates the cycle of aggression, according to organizational psychologist Adam Grant.

Take a classic study in which researchers recorded negotiators with different levels of skill. Average bargainers ended up in three times as many defend-attack spirals as expert negotiators.

By: | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

Teacher shortages were a problem prior to the pandemic, but according to a report from the Learning Policy Institute, the shortages are being exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and now threaten school reopenings in some California districts. The new report takes a look at supply and demand; increasing resignations, retirements, turnovers and vacancies; and the number of new teachers entering the workforce.

By: | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which assigned a C- grade to the nation's total infrastructure in its latest assessment (something it releases every four years), gave a D grade to its school infrastructure. Grades for the 16 other infrastructure categories in the 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure ranged from B to D-.

By: Joyce Tribbey, Communications Manager | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

 

Just as the education landscape has changed in the last year, the CASBO Annual Conference & California School Business Expo is evolving. And that’s a good thing!

As you might already know, this year we’re taking CASBO 2021 fully online to a custom space. We recognize that many of you might have a few questions about our premier event, especially given this year’s new virtual format. If so, look no further! We’ve got plenty of information lined up to help you.

By: | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

In school business, the hiring season can be stressful and time-consuming. But there are ways to smooth your path to finding top talent, no matter what department you have openings in this year.

Leadership consultant Michael Hyatt offers these pro tips to creating the best candidate pool possible:

By: | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

When leaders find themselves in the midst of crisis and uncertainty, some might tend to lead from the top down, providing all the solutions. But you should think again, says John Hagel III in the Harvard Business Review. Instead, you should ask powerful and inspiring questions that can put staff on the path to solving intractable problems and help them connect with others.

What does that look like, you ask?

Leaders should ask questions that invite people to come together to explore major new opportunities your local education agency (LEA) hasn’t yet identified.

By: | Tuesday, March 9, 2021

 

The COVID-19 pandemic has sapped the willpower and drive of people nationwide, something psychologists say is a perfectly normal reaction. Fortunately, there are research-backed ways to jump-start your motivation and get back on track again, according to Minda Zetlin for Inc.com. Here are three:

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