Resources for Employees
Leading With Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity
This is not the time to abandon your inclusion, equity, and diversity work—in fact now, more than ever, it’s important to practice understanding, kindness, and the traits of an inclusive leader. Supporting equity outside of the workplace is equally important, and as such, you should be conscious to not hoard food and supplies or make unnecessary trips outside your home.
For those working from home, here are some tips specific to building inclusion while remote:
1. Don’t let issues build. If something isn’t being communicated well via email or over Slack, jump on a phone or, ideally, a video call. Avoid giving negative feedback via Slack or email. If you have frustrations, voice them quickly—letting things build will only lead to misunderstanding and resentment down the line. Make sure everyone knows who their appropriate points of contact are and encourage them to not hold back with what’s working and what isn’t. Remind everyone that this is a period of transition and emphasize often that your team is evolving together.
2. Continue to educate yourself and share resources with colleagues. Encourage people to take Implicit Bias Tests, learn what microaggressions look like, study the difference between equity and equality, and take this inclusive leadership test to note areas for improvement. This time away from face-to-face interactions can be extremely helpful in reflecting on how we typically operate day-to-day at work.
3. Avoid “calling others out,” but rather “call them in.” Operate from a place of radical empathy and help hold each other accountable in a constructive way. If you feel like someone isn’t operating in an inclusive or productive manner, touch base with them one-on-one rather than in a company-wide meeting.
General Best Practices for Working Remotely
At Camber Outdoors, we have always had a remote workplace and a thriving work from home culture. Our entire staff lives in different regions of the U.S., only overlapping for certain hours each day. While we continue navigating this extraordinary moment in our lifetimes, we want to share some of our team’s coping strategies.
1. Get (comfortably) dressed daily and set up a dedicated workspace (even if your only option is the kitchen table). Here’s a good article from Forbes on Working From Home During COVID-19. It can also be helpful to have a morning ritual or regular routine to help transition into your workday, such as drinking your coffee while journaling. Likewise, an end of day ritual (drinking team, reading for please, mediating, etc.), can be helpful in turning off your work brain.
2. On a related note, set boundaries on how long you work and when you’re available. For first time remote workers, it can be hard to “turn off” and stick to your mandated hourly requirements. For your mental health, make sure you keep track of how much you’re working. Consider adding a note to your email signature, such as:
“Like everyone, I’m juggling during COVID-19. I’ll be online most consistently between 6-9 am and 12:30-5:30 pm. For any immediate needs, please call or text.”
For some parents, working while their kids are sleeping or parked in front of “Frozen 2” may be the best option. That means they may be working more unusual hours. Still, even if you see they’re online at 9 pm, that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to contact them about work issues. Ask your team to set boundaries via their Slack status and respect them.
3. Limit your exposure to the news, including social media (consider setting time limits on your phone). Obviously, you want to stay informed, but watching the news nonstop can cause additional anxiety and stress. Children may also misinterpret what they hear and become frightened about something they don’t understand. Consider signing up for an aggregated news email (such as theSkimm or NextDraft) and stick to that.
4. Treat your body as if you’re sick, meaning lots of water and rest while limiting your sugar and alcohol consumption. Eat healthy, high-nutrient foods, and try and exercise from home three times a week (scroll down for more resources on this topic). Keep your eating habits regularly and avoid wandering into the kitchen to grab a snack just because it’s convenient (this becomes so tempting while working from home; there’s a reason the term “Freelance 15” exists). If you get bored while working, take breaks as you would at the office, making time to stretch, walk around, or (virtually) chat with a coworker.
5. Do get outside in a safe and responsible manner, keeping at least a six-foot distance from others. Ground yourself in the earth and breathe in the air, which right now is the cleanest it’s ever been in our lifetime.
6. Keep a calm demeanor, especially those in high-level leadership positions. At every level, know that your actions affect others—a smile, kind word, or encouraging email can go a long way.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
General Information about COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Boosting Productivity, American Psychological Association
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Resources to help you cope and relieve anxiety:
→ Our staff has found two webinars to be particularly helpful: “Mental Health in Times of Isolation” from The Nice Center (moderator Stacy Bare) and “Thriving in Chaotic Times: The Neuroscience Behind Our Distress” from the Outdoor Industry Association (moderator Julie Auger of the Employers Council).
→ WellSet is offering many free virtual events geared towards the outbreak, including daily morning meditations, creativity workshops, and plenty of other wellness sessions. Please note, all times are Pacific Standard Time.
→ Many meditations on the Headspace App are free, including sections on “Weathering the Storm,” “Stress & Anxiety,” and “Work & Productivity.” Additionally, here’s a meditation specifically geared towards combatting workplace anxiety.
→ Netflix has created a Google Chrome Extension called “Netflix Party.” Download it to watch movies simultaneously with others while keeping apart. Additionally, there are many ways to stream right now without paying a dime.
→ The Met Opera has announced that it will stream past performances for free while it remains closed. Playbill is offering 15 Broadway plays and musicals you can watch on stage from home.
→ Yale University is offering its most popular class, “The Science of Well-Being,” free online. This class is essentially about how to be happier in your daily life and live in accordance with your strengths. Used in conjunction with Jennifer O’Donnell’s holistic approach to personal development, it can be a potent tool for career growth. Dhawal Shah, founder of the online course aggregator Class Central, has also compiled a list of 450 classes that are available on a wide range of subjects.
→ UberEats is waiving delivery fees for all orders.
→ And because we’re sure you’re wondering: Yes, you can still go outside (just be responsible about it and continue to practice social distancing).
At-home workout videos and apps:
→ Down Dog has made all of its apps (Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout) completely free until April 1.
→ CorePower has provided free access to a special collection of online classes. The company is also live-streaming classes daily via its YouTube channel at 8 a.m., 1 p.m., and 6 p.m. Mountain Time.
→ Barre3 has many at-home workouts available on YouTube.
→ Through May, Golds Gym is offering free access to its app, Goldsamp, with more than 600 audio and video works along with DJ mixes.
→ Glo is offering free online yoga, meditation, and pilates workouts.
At-home learning resources and activities for those with kids:
→ Kids also need the same sort of social connection we crave. Set up zoom calls for them. Additionally, expose your kids to stories of COVID-19 kindness and all the good things going on in the world.
→ Other Goose is providing its charter school-approved curriculum for free for the next three weeks.
→ Scholastic has created a free, open-access digital hub to help keep students learning. The company also offers many free printables and activities for kids. There are also day-by-day learn at home projects catered to age level.
→ Take your kiddos on a virtual field trip to Hawaii, the zoo, America’s most popular national parks, or even Mars!