Mental Health Awareness for Remote Workers: Practical Guide for Businesses

mental health

This brilliant guide from GLIDE  offers lots of helpful information such as:


  • The biggest struggles of remote workers:

A  2019 study found that 22% can’t unplug after work, 19% feel lonely, and 8% can’t stay motivated. Blurred boundaries between work and home life and lack of collaboration are also key problems influencing well-being.


  • The importance of creating ‘culture’ in remote teams:


How it makes a huge difference to employee happiness and how to build trust and a healthy work environment.


  • What employers and managers can do


To look after mental well-being and recognizing mental health struggles amongst remote staff and colleagues.


Challenges include:



Get the full guide here


Remotely Yours: Possibilities and Perils for the ‘suddenly-distance’ worker.

Helping Remote Workers Avoid Loneliness and Burnout.

Aside from the many benefits, remote and flex work also present new challenges for managers.

In particular, I call your attention to two: burnout and loneliness.

This from HBR explores risks of loneliness and burnout.







Social and Emotional Skills Resources

Shared at the Salzburg Global Seminar on Education and Workforce Opportunities for Refugees and Migrants


  1. The Explore SEL Interactive Website:


  1. Kernels of SEL practice – low cost and low burden strategies


  1. Re-imagining Social Emotional Learning


  1. Measuring SEL


  1. Executive Function Mappinng


  1. Inter-Agency Network Evidence Journal


  1. The INEE Measurement & Metrics Library is here


  1. The CASEL Assessment Workgroup page


  1. A cool podcast on the risks and benefits of assessment:


  1. INEE website:


  1. INEE PSS-SEL Training Module


  1. INEE PSS-SEL Collaborative page

Outstanding Resources for School Leaders

Outstanding Free Resources to create a more Inclusive Classroom

Brilliant free resources to support the inclusive classroom curated by Mike Tholfsen

@mtholfsen   #MicrosoftEDU

4 free things to try today


1.Communicate in new ways and collaborate seamlessly with Office 365

2.Encourage independent reading and writing

3.Engage your diverse audience by presenting with subtitles

4.Go paper-less with Office Lens and OneNote &


Training and PD Materials


1.Full kits (1, 3, 6 hour) Inclusive Classroom PD to lead in your district:

2.Short and sweet 90 second demo
VIDEO: 90 second demo of Microsoft Learning Tools in action

3.MEC Online Training Course

4.Learning Tools Flyer to handout (all the apps, features)

5.Deep Dive Inclusive Classroom Webinars

5 links to bookmark and share


1.Educator Training on Inclusive Content

2.Educator Training for Personalizing Learning

3.Office 365 Accessibility Support Documentation

4.Answer Desk for Accessibility Support

5.Microsoft Accessibility Overview

Education Migration Crisis

SIFE:  Students with Interrupted Formal Education

Data from UNHCR’s annual Global Trends report, released today, shows that almost 70.8 million people are now forcibly displaced. To put this in perspective, this is double the level of 20 years ago, 2.3 million more than a year ago, and corresponds to a population between that of Thailand and Turkey.

Within the 70.8 million figure in the Global Trends report are three main groups.


The first is refugees, meaning people forced to flee their country because of conflict, war or persecution. In 2018, the number of refugees reached 25.9 million worldwide, 500,000 more than in 2017. Included in this total are 5.5 million Palestine refugees who are under the care of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

The second group is asylum seekers – people outside their country of origin and receiving international protection, but awaiting the outcome of their claim to refugee status. At the end of 2018 there were 3.5 million asylum seekers globally.

The third and biggest group, at 41.3 million, is people displaced to other areas within their own country, a category commonly referred to as Internally Displaced People or IDPs.

In 2018, every second refugee was a child, many (111,000) alone and without their families.

When we think of schools across the globe…

One category of students has some of the greatest instructional – and social and emotional – needs.

These Students with Interrupted Formal Education, or SIFE, have limited or no experience with education in their home countries and, in nearly all cases, have experienced trauma.

I visited school districts in Nashville a few months ago to find out how they were managing the 1000 new Engligh learners annually many of whom have experienced trauma. Find out more

UNICEF and Microsoft have joined forces to tackle the education crisis affecting children and young people on the move.

Under the partnership, UNICEF and Microsoft will develop a  ‘learning passport’ – a digital, personalized platform that will ensure displaced children and young people can continue their studies and have their achievements recorded, wherever they are.

When a child or young person’s education is disrupted the consequences can last a lifetime, making it difficult for them to sit exams, gain the certificates that validate their learning and skills, and ultimately, find work as adults.

Full blog from Microsoft here

More from UNICEF here

AI in Education

It’s not easy knowing where to start when it comes to AI in Education.  Leverage some of the resources below to learn more, read how your peers are using AI and connect with us.


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