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My Five Favorite Fascinating Finds: Ah-Ha Moments for August!

I just completed the latest issue of RecogNation (you're going to love it, I promise!), and I've also been transitioning to a new role that has me focusing more on writing articles, blog posts, and eBooks. In the process of all this I have read a lot of articles to help inform my work. I mean A LOT.

This got me thinking: I can distill much of what I've read, but many of these pieces are just too good—and deserve to be kept intact with the original author's intended spirit. So, I've decided that, every month, I'm going to share my five favorite finds. I had a lot to choose from this month, but I finally narrowed it down and here they are. 

1. Hi, my name is Allison and I am NOT a workaholic. I was once upon a time, but I finally liberated myself from that mindset and I have never been happier. Why, then, is this first article important to me? It's not. It's important to any of you who can't (or don't want to) pull yourselves away from work. It has some useful ideas for how to stay productive and revived. Check it out: "The Workaholic's Guide to Taking a Break."

2. Nothing annoys me more (within the current context, that is) than finding a cheesy article with hackneyed employee engagement ideas complete with a photo of a bunch of oddballs in party hats looking like they're having fun in the office. Those canned smiles aren't fooling anyone. And those articles sure aren't helping anyone. How happy was I to find HPPY and their fresh, relevant, and totally cheese-free list of "15 Employee Engagement Activities That You Can Start Doing Now"? Pretty happy. Thanks.

3. There isn't a day that goes by when I don't see an online/social media conversation spiral out of control and ask myself: What's happening here? What are these people thinking?! It's not that I have crazy friends or only follow extreme groups (I don't, mostly)—it's simply that this kind of uncivil behavior is happening all the time among people of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. I found this article that talks about the effect it's having on our lives: "Antisocial Networks? Hostility on Social Media Rising for 78 Percent of Users." It's pretty spot on, plus it gives us all some tips on how to check ourselves before we wreck ourselves (or our relationships).

4. As one of Baudville's health & wellness cheerleaders, I always have one eye or ear open to what's happening on that front so I can share it with the rest of my colleagues. I am also a mindfulness advocate, so my senses get piqued by articles that address the mind's role in wellness. "Radical Well-Being: Where We Need to Go" is an insightful read that I hope you find as thought-provoking as I have!

5. My last fascinating find is from Good.co—a company that has been an abundant resource for me in my research, as well as in my own self discovery with regard to my workplace behavior/personality. (I am an Idealist/Inventor/Dreamer, by the way. Surprise!) Their goal is to help individuals, teams, and organizations discover their specific archetypes so that on every level the best employee-employer matches are possible. This article: "Culture Fit in the Workplace: What It Is and Why It's Important" explains why this all matters.

I hope you enjoy these resources as much as I did. See you next month!

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Allison is currently living out the elaborate fantasy she described to her now-former staff and colleagues in early 2001. With a hearty dose of courage and absolutely no plan of action, she abruptly left her middle-management job to become a writer—and today she is doing just that in her role as Baudville’s Senior Content Writer. She’s here to tell you everything she’s learned in her 20-years+ professional life, plus a lot more. She’s wordy like that!

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