Managing Mental Health Challenges of the Virtual Workforce

Posted on March 31, 2021 by John Ryan
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It’s been a little over a year since workers transitioned en masse to making a living remotely and a staggering 40% of American adults are now grappling with at least one adverse mental health condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Research has directly linked the pandemic to:

  • Worsening symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Difficulty sleeping and eating
  • Increases in alcohol consumption and substance use

“I’m seeing exhaustion with a capital E,” said Vanessa Ruda, Ph.D., an organizational psychologist and senior partner with RHR International. Ruda recently co-facilitated a TRANSEARCH USA HR Roundtable where workforce mental health was discussed at length. “Being on screen all day in back-to-back meetings without a break takes away the natural ebbs and flows of life and that is fatiguing.”

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Job Choices Matter

Posted on February 4, 2021 by John Ryan
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As a longtime professional in the executive search industry, I’ve always been bothered by the expression TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday). It seems sad that people would wish away chunks of their lives because they dislike their jobs. A big part of what makes my job satisfying is to see people assume roles that truly suit them. We should all expect that. 

One reason that I enjoy my work is that it’s international. It gives me the chance to meet people from around the world, to use my foreign language skills, and to learn what life and work is like outside the US. My work also gives me an opportunity to contemplate the inner workings of people operations. It’s thrilling to see how the right leader at the right moment can elevate a business, enhance its culture, and reinvigorate its workforce. I love working on the team that analyzes that culture, finds that leader, and sees that change happen…

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Looking for the bright side in 2020

Posted on October 1, 2020 by John Ryan
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This is a very dark, tragic, devastating time for many of us, and I think there’s a disease in American life where we’re all like: ‘look on the bright side.’ I mean, screw that. Like this is a terrible time, and we have to make a bright side happen ourselves by putting our blood, sweat and tears into it and fighting for a better vision now.”Andrew Yang

How is 2020 going for you? I mean aside from the gardening, bread baking and live stream workouts and video meetings. How is 2020 really going for you?

For me this year has been at times challenging, heartbreaking, and exhausting. Back in March the world changed. To try to put things into perspective, and assure myself that it’s not just me, I’ve been doing an informal survey. I’ve been asking my colleagues and contacts how they feel about 2020. I’ve learned that many of us consider it to be the worst year we’ve experienced since 9/11…

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4 Ways We Might Draw Momentum from the Current Crisis

Posted on September 17, 2020 by John Ryan
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Without a doubt, 2020 has been a year for the history books. Between the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant recession, the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent protests, 2020 has shaken us out of our comfort zones, demanding that we wake up, pay attention, evolve.

We’re only halfway in, but so far, 2020 has been an emotionally complicated year. We’ve been left to grapple, mourn, and make sense of this time in our own isolation pods, until the outrage of injustice drew so many of us into the streets…

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How to transition into a new industry

Posted on February 20, 2020 by John Ryan
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Just as CEOs lead companies, we each assumed the chief executive role for our own careers the minute we stepped out into the working world. In that capacity, we have to protect and nurture our interests and prospects, just like the big guys do.

This is no small task. We enact this work in a landscape of constant, fast-paced change. To remain engaged and relevant players, companies have to be hip to the evolutionary pulse that drives growth in their industries.

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