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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

August 16, 2021

The Editor’s Note


Happy Monday! I hope you are maintaining a peace of mind and plenty of rest as we usher in the upcoming start of the fall semester. As the world around us seems unpredictable at times, being proactive and intentional about all aspects of our health will make a difference. This week’s newsletter includes a few resources that align with a mental health and rest theme. Be sure to visit our Did You Know and Recommended Podcast sections to learn more. Let’s start this week with the best intentions, educating ourselves about these aspects of self-care.


Weekly Work Gem

“Change might not be fast and it isn’t easy. But with time and effort, almost any habit can be reshaped.” – Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit

The Hybrid Hub

Have you checked out these resources on hybrid and remote work yet? Below you’ll find links to our remote and hybrid toolkit as well as policies rolled out by the university to aid our efforts to support a flexible workplace.

Dig in and learn something new, or enhance your experience by adding to what you already know!

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Policy for Staff

Vanderbilt University’s Hybrid and Remote Work Toolkit

Did You Know…?

“We go through life thinking we’ve rested because we have gotten enough sleep — but in reality we are missing out on the other types of rest we desperately need. The result is a culture of high-achieving, high-producing, chronically tired and chronically burned-out individuals. We’re suffering from a rest deficit because we don’t understand the true power of rest.” Read and learn more here.

Virtual & Community Events

The Boston Institute for Meaningful Purpose and Human Capital Organization Development Presents: The Meaning of Work

Join Dr. Edwin Mouriño and Luis A. Marrero’s podcast for a discussion on The Meaning of Work. Edwin and Luis will be addressing several questions such as:

• What is “meaning”?

• What gives life meaning?

• What is the meaning of work, and why does it matter?

Date: Wednesday, August 18, 2021   |   Time: 12pm ET

Register Today!


Udemy Business Presents: A 4-Part Framework for Building A Hybrid Workplace

During this webinar you will explore how to:

  • Conduct an equitable assessment of your employees’ return-to-office needs
  • Run meetings that are productive for on-site and remote team members
  • Define and evaluate the success factors of a hybrid work model

Hassan Osman has been managing projects and virtual teams for the past 15+ years. In addition to being a Udemy instructor, Osman is currently a Director at Cisco Systems, where he leads Project and Program Management teams on delivering complex projects for Cisco’s customers.

Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021   |   Time: 11am CST

Register here

Additional Learning Resources


Beating Burnout at Work | Getting to Yes, And Podcast

Listen in less than an hour!

Host Kelly Leonard speaks with resilience expert and author, Paula Davis. The two discuss Paula’s new book, Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold The Secret to Well-Being and Resilience. “What we know from the research is that you can take a Friday off, you can go on vacation and people will feel better because they’re outside of the work environment. But then you bring them back into the work environment and usually within a couple of weeks, they bounce back up to their pre vacation burnout rate. So you’re just giving a bandaid with those strategies, you’re not providing any sort of real solution.” Don’t miss this 37-minute, research based conversation!



COVID and The New World of Work: What We (Seem To) Know

(Ted Bauer, The NeuroLeadership Institute)

Are You Practicing Self-Awareness As A Leader?

(Bryan Powell, Forbes.)

Supporting Employee Mental Health When Reopening the Workplace

(American Psychological Association)



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Skillsoft Books and Videos offers you access to a library of more than 40,000 audiobooks, videos, live events, and related content. You can locate this wealthy resource under Learning Item Number OLC930045 in Oracle, or simply visit Oracle Learning to enroll.

NOTE: You must use Mozilla Firefox to access the library. 


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Happy Learning!

The Employee Learning & Engagement Team


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