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ISSN: 2047-7031  
Volume  9   Issue 11  2020  
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Article Abstract
Self-compassion as an Antidote to Social Distancing at Work
Keywords:  self-compassion, social distancing, work arrangement, COVID-19, employee well-being, OD
Andre S. Avramchuk & Robert A. Carpino
As pandemics force governments to mandate social distancing that affects business operations, companies try to learn how to stay afloat and keep employees productive in case of an unexpected physical separation. This paper proposes to promote, learn, and practice self-compassion at times of unexpected social distancing at work. It is designed to apply research on compassion in general, and self-compassion in particular, to the critical business-continuation goals of keeping employees healthy and happy while separated due to pandemics and other disruptive events. We highlight selected research on compassion and self-compassion and then bring to focus the need for self-compassion learning and developmental interventions as possible venues to foster employee well-being and counter the drawbacks of forced social distancing. This paper illuminates a currently relevant workplace benefit of self-compassion and offers practical recommendations for cultivating it at work.
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