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8 guaranteed ways to get the boundaries you need at work right now

It’s hard to separate work from home when your office is in your bedroom — or your kitchen, your living room, or even your child’s playroom. Yet setting boundaries at work is much more than making a personal office space in your shared home. Boundaries aren’t just physical; they’re personal, too. Setting work boundaries means communicating your unique boundaries with your coworkers and managers. If you don’t, the consequences can not only damage your mental health but also negatively impact your work performance. Here are 8 ways to start setting healthy boundaries that work for you — even when you’re in an unhealthy work environment.

1. Know your own boundaries

You won’t be able to set boundaries without knowing what your “healthy boundaries” look like. One person’s healthy boundaries might not be anything like someone else’s. That’s why it’s important to reflect and understand what kind of boundaries you’re looking

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  • November 25, 2020
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Dayton City Hall closes; more employees to work remotely

Security guard at City Hall, Lilith York checks the temperature of Lisa Antrican as she enters the building on Ludlow St. to pay her water bill Thursday October 1, 2020.

Security guard at City Hall, Lilith York checks the temperature of Lisa Antrican as she enters the building on Ludlow St. to pay her water bill Thursday October 1, 2020.

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Credit: jim noelker

City departments were instructed to grant permission for remote work to employees who can perform their job remotely, city officials said, and the city will continue sanitation and social distancing measures at all work spaces.

Earlier this week, Public Health announced a stay-at-home advisory asking Dayton and Montgomery County residents to stay at home as much as possible to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The advisory, which is not an order and will not be enforced, started Thursday and continues through Dec. 17.

The advisory overlaps with a 21-day statewide curfew issued by Gov. Mike DeWine. Starting Thursday, Ohioans should stay home from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

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Also starting Monday, payment centers will

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  • November 21, 2020
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The Envelope Budget: How to Make It Work for You

My last blog post, Don’t Be a Budget Hater, discussed the surprising truth that not all budgets are bad.  They often have a negative connotation, but hopefully after reading the article, you see the benefits of budgeting.  Now we will dive into different types of budgets. 

One Size Doesn’t Fit All

People often assume that there is one budget that will work for everyone.  Unfortunately, that is not the case. 

There is no single, magic budget that will work for all families.  You may find one budget will work better than another — depending on your stage of life, level of debt, personal habits and your spouse’s habits if you are married.  Your preferred budget could also evolve as you become more financially responsible.  If you parent a young adult, please share this article with them to enhance their financial readiness.

Before you start budgeting, it is important to revisit

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  • November 18, 2020
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Do homophobic attack ads work? It’s complicated.

LGBTQ candidates once again made history in terms of the overall number elected to Congress and state legislatures across the country. However, many of them had to contend with homophobic and transphobic attack ads this election cycle.

“There is little doubt that millions of dollars in homophobic and transphobic attacks ads devastated our candidates in key swing districts during the final weeks of their campaigns,” said Annise Parker, president of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which trains and advocates for queer candidates at all levels of government. “Bigoted politicians and operatives who thrive in the politics of hate were able to peel away support from voters who don’t yet know our community.”

Bigoted ads did not spell defeat for all LGBTQ candidates they targeted, but even the candidates who overcame the attacks did have to invest resources to respond to them.

Impacts ‘hard to quantify’

When it comes to homophobic and

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  • November 17, 2020
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Hilton, Marriott offering daytime hotel room rates for work

Hotels are for sleeping, or at least, they used to be, during the Before Times.

Few things could hit the hospitality industry harder than a pandemic-induced recession. Many people have less money to spend on vacations, and those who can travel might not want to risk exposure to the coronavirus.

But what if you just wanted to get away for the day? Or a few hours?

That’s the bet hotel giants Marriott and Hilton are making with their new daytime stay programs. Both market the programs as ways for people to find a quiet place to work, get away from home, or just relax in a place with scenery that isn’t their own backyard.

Marriott launched its Work Anywhere program in late October, and Work Spaces by Hilton started earlier that same month. Each program offers rooms at lowered “day-rates” and includes amenities like complimentary WiFi and

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  • November 16, 2020
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I’m Tired of Babysitting Man-Babies at Work

Is it wrong to be thoroughly annoyed by people who reply all in an email thread when their reply isn’t necessary for all to see? It drives me nuts. Is that extremely petty? Am I crazy? Is it uncalled-for if I send a gentle reminder to those people that they have replied all?

— Demi, Brooklyn

We will have finally evolved as a species when people stop replying all unnecessarily. Reply to the sender if you need to communicate only with that person, or reply all to everyone if you need to communicate to the group. It’s not that hard.

I wish I knew why this was so elusive a skill. I guess most people are overwhelmed by professional emails, try to respond to them quickly and perfunctorily, and don’t take the time to reply carefully. That’s how you get trapped in endless email chains about topics

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  • November 13, 2020
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Future of business travel unclear as coronavirus upends work life

Brian Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry.

A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to traveling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing into video conferences instead of boarding planes.

Contreras manages his North American accounts from Sacramento, California and doesn’t expect to travel for work until the middle of next year. Even then, he’s not sure how much he will need to.

CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RESHAPING AIR TRAVEL AS CARRIERS STRUGGLE

“Maybe it’s just the acceptance of the new normal. I have all of the resources necessary to be on the calls, all of the communicative devices to make sure I can

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  • November 11, 2020
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Future of business travel unclear as virus upends work life

Brian Contreras represents the worst fears of the lucrative business travel industry.



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A partner account executive at a U.S. tech firm, Contreras was used to travelling frequently for his company. But nine months into the pandemic, he and thousands of others are working from home and dialing into video conferences instead of boarding planes.

Contreras manages his North American accounts from Sacramento, California and doesn’t expect to travel for work until the middle of next year. Even then, he’s not sure how much he will need to.

“Maybe it’s just the acceptance of the new normal. I have all of the resources necessary to be on the calls, all of the communicative devices to make sure I can do my job,” he said. “There’s an element of of face-to-face that’s necessary, but I would be OK without it.”

That trend could spell big trouble

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  • November 11, 2020
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In his final year of work, this high school ceramics teacher finds a way to inspire

Old teachers learn new tricks to stay current with the times. The best ones make it work.

Take Clint Bodene.

He is in his 31st year in the Sacramento City Unified School District, credentialed to teach math, chemistry, life science and art. He is the last remaining charter faculty member at Rosemont High School, which opened in 2003. Bodene especially enjoys what students gain from fine arts and ceramics, his course load as he concludes his career this academic year.

Bodene isn’t bounding into retirement because the coronavirus pandemic has thrown education for a loop since March. He said he planned years ago to make 2020-2021 his final one in education. But Bodene said he might have considered exiting a year early if his “victory lap” would include potholes in the form of COVID-19.

”When I found out we’d do distance learning last March and then this fall, I was

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  • October 27, 2020
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Juggling act: Tips for balancing remote work and home life in 2020

NEW YORK – Any remote worker can tell you how office demands have invaded the home in 2020 and started creeping into every corner of the day.

FILE PHOTO: Stacey Barry, a community works administrator, at her band office desk. Picture taken April 27, 2020. REUTERS/David Jackson/File Photo

But Jessica DeGroot is no ordinary worker. She is an expert in work-life balance as head of the consultancy ThirdPath Institute.

“Work was taking over entirely, and I was becoming less and less efficient,” said DeGroot, who is working from her home office in Philadelphia, while her husband has commandeered the kitchen as his own workspace. “I just thought, I gotta do something different here.”

Almost six in 10 employees say the pandemic has made their workdays less defined, according to a Pulse of the American Worker survey conducted by Prudential Financial.

Some 60% of remote workers say distractions from family, housemates

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  • October 27, 2020