Posts Tagged Coronavirus
The last few weeks of the Covid19 pandemic have been unlike anything we have seen in the workforce during our lifetime with excellent coverage from SHRM. On top of the health risks of a global pandemic, we are adjusting to entire companies shifting from working alongside each other to working from home. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, schools have closed and working parents are now part-time educators (and tech support for the various educational software systems).
Taking an academic break from Xbox.
Chapter 2- The One-Room Schoolhouse Start-Up
In the weeks since COVID-19 proceeded to turn our workplaces inside out, I have received dozens of calls from my fellow CEOs looking for insights and advice. Many are asking SHRM about best practices for protecting their workers and transitioning to a virtual operation.
Others are looking for help making hard decisions about furloughs, layoffs, and sustainability of the enterprise itself.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, both governors and state legislatures have been the true “boots on the ground” leading their respective state’s response to COVID-19. The spread of the virus across all 50 states, as we have all now seen, has had a dramatic effect on the workplace, and our daily lives.
Almost overnight, our work lives have been dramatically altered, with businesses announcing mandatory telecommuting during COVID-19. It has been amazing to see the corporate leadership surrounding this and people coming together to fight the pandemic, so the work-life disruption is a small price to pay. While those of us able to work from home are certainly blessed to have that option, it has led to new realities.
We are three weeks into a 12-week (?) isolation. Times are uncertain but words like transparency and candor are becoming commonplace. It's been refreshing. When you dig into what is genuinely important, the difference between partnership and product transaction starts to emerge. When we stop pretending to be on opposite sides of the table, trust gets us closer to genuine human development.
The statement “First, do no harm”, or “Primum non nocere” is often incorrectly attributed to the Hippocratic Oath but is thought to be derived from "to abstain from doing harm" in the oath.
No time since 1918 has the medical community faced a challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic we currently face. Beyond the thousands of patients, Department Chairs with their HR partners are facing a different application of this phrase.
“Come on. You can do it. I know you can. I believe in you.”
I’m watching my baby make the transition to “toddler,” and it’s a bittersweet moment. No longer will she stay where she’s put. She’s going to start exploring the world, and that exploration will only speed up as time goes on.
Things are crazy right now. That’s not a secret. You may be tired, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. That’s okay. No one expects you to have all the answers – right now or frankly ever. They do expect you to get answers. They do expect you to make the best decision with the information you have in front of you.
We are clearly entering a new era. Coronavirus and infection are changing the way we live. Most of us are working from home, often alongside our children, who are remote learning from home. This new situation has no endpoint – we don’t know how long this will exist – and we are finding new ways to work productively,
Many of us are “stuck” inside with our significant others. For most of us, we’re probably seeing a whole new side of them as we work from home alongside each other. Personally, there’s no one I’d rather be with 24/7! But, that’s a long time to be around anybody, so here are some tips to come out of these unprecedented times stronger, together.
Set Boundaries & Be Courteous
“Don’t be afraid.”
The leader who says this to an employee either is very much afraid or lacks even a scintilla of empathy. In either case, the statement (or response) is so bad.
First, it is remarkably disrespectful. Don’t tell people how to feel!
We are in some uncharted territory! From toddlers to school-aged kids, to college students on sabbatical, to our adult, working community, and even retirees- we are all adjusting to our new normal. And, for the unforeseen future, many of us are all trying to make it all work under the same roof.
We are concluding day three of mandated social distancing here in Northern California but it seems like it's been three months. Its been made apparent that this new style of existence may last for three months.... thus feeling as though we've been in the bunker for 90 years (don't check my math on that).
Just last week major corporations began implementing voluntary work from home policies that have quickly become mandatory as sweeping and very draconian social distancing measures are being mandated by major municipalities across the country.
Human Resource executives are being asked to take the lead in facilitating the transition of significant portions of their workforce to a virtual environment. Currently, working from home has become a reality for a wide swath of employees and in many organizations literally overnight with no warning or time to train your managers or staff.
So where do you start?