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Redefining Workforce Engagement in the Wake of COVID-19

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Americans use the term “workforce” relationally and procedurally. In the wake of COVID, we’ve had to change the nature of our interactions with our peers and employees, and we’ve significantly altered our processes to accomplish even the most straightforward task. 

According to a pre-COVID-19 Forbes article, “it is estimated that stress-related burnout costs $125 to $150 billion a year in health care costs in the U.S.” In 2019 Gallup reported 23% of employees reported feeling burnt out at work very often or always, while an additional 44% reported feeling it sometimes. 

In 2020 the working environment around the country has drastically changed.

The panelists will discuss:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic, racial tensions and how the current political climate have contributed to employee burnout. 
  • Employers are getting ahead of the burnout curve to gain a distinct advantage over their competitors. Not only will employees be healthier and happier, but they will produce more, deliver better service to customers and clients, have significantly more loyalty to the organization, reduced absenteeism, and contribute more to the bottom line than their burnt-out colleagues.
  • Tips for employees to protect their mental health and bolster productivity in this new landscape?

The town hall is 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at facebook.com/IndyRecorder live and sponsored by InnoPower Indy and the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper.

“Throughout our 125-year history, it has been the Recorder’s mission to be the eyes, ears, and mouth for African Americans in Indianapolis. During this unprecedented time, we are committed to making sure the Indianapolis community has access to the most reliable, up-to-date information,” stated Recorder President and CEO Robert Shegog.

Rhyan J. Smith, principal consultant of The Curate Development Firm, will serve as moderator for this powerful conversation

Panelists are:

  • Stephanie Bothun, Ascend Indiana, co-founder and vice president of strategy
  • Alicia McKoy, Peak Mind LLC, founder and CEO
  • Elizabeth C. White, MA, LMHC, LCAC, The Well Counseling and Consulting Group

The public is encouraged to submit questions for the panel in advance by sending them via email to Oseye Boyd at newsroom@IndyRecorder.com or posting questions in advance on the Recorder’s Facebook page.

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