Some remote workers are taking advantage of the quarantine and indulging in alcohol during the workday -- as many as 1 in 3 US workers, according to data from Alcohol.org. HR managers can help curb this issue by educating leaders on the signs of alcohol use, establishing accountability measures for work progress and eliminating virtual happy hour events, writes Tim Stein, vice president of human capital at American Addiction Centers.
The CEOs of Microsoft, Google, Target and other large companies have spoken publicly or to employees about the killing of George Floyd and the resulting civil unrest, with Snap CEO Evan Spiegel seeking legislative changes including a reparations commission for African Americans. "What the African American community sees in that videotape is that this African American man, who could be me or any other African American man, is being treated as less than human," said Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier.
Pride Month organizers in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Washington, D.C., are planning a variety of online events this month that will allow people to safely show support for the LGBTQ community while also addressing local issues such as mental health and voting rights. "What we're doing is trying to make sure people who are celebrating at home still have the resources that they need to make it feel like it's pride," says Elizabeth Bibi of the Human Rights Campaign.
The death of George Floyd has sparked protests in cities across the US -- and around the world -- sparking concerns that the gatherings could results in a new spike in coronavirus cases. For many, the importance of taking a stand against systemic racism significantly outweighs the risk of contracting or spreading the virus. Experts say that anyone participating in a protest should wear a mask, regularly use hand sanitizer, maintain social distancing wherever possible and use signs to convey messages rather than shouting.
Why it matters: If you're a die-hard baseball fan (or just up for what would be an epic night), you can now book an entire minor league baseball stadium in Pensacola, Fla., on Airbnb for $1,500 per night. The clubhouse has been converted to a sleeping space and from the looks of the photo, the stadium is even on a waterfront!
The ongoing pandemic and unrest across the US are just some of the things making people angry, writes Marlene Chism, and good leaders can use self-awareness to channel their anger into effective action. Understanding what triggers that anger is helpful, as is finding ways to redirect that energy rather than suppress it.
Philosopher John Rawls believed the golden rule could help people work together in times of crisis, but the coronavirus pandemic has sorely tested that theory, giving way to Isaiah Berlin's idea that some societal issues are unsolvable, writes John Authers. A loss of trust in government, an emergence of positive liberty and utilitarian concerns about the lockdown's economic effects reveal deep disagreements and divisions, he writes.
Companies recovering from the pandemic need to be flexible about their workforce and the job duties employees perform; look to acquire smaller, struggling firms; and understand that the recovery will vary by industry, writes David Nour. "Speed and agility matter more than ever, and enterprises must quickly move from survival mode to 'How are we going to win?' " Nour writes.
Businesses have a responsibility to speak out against racial injustice while also creating an atmosphere at work where employees of color feel psychologically and physically safe and valued, write professors Laura Morgan Roberts and Ella Washington. They outline steps for meaningful action, including giving employees a space to voice concerns.
360-degree feedback systems focused on development can do more for employees than performance-centered systems, writes Jim Barnett, CEO and co-founder of Glint. "Ensure relevance by covering topics that are relevant to an employee's developmental journey and timed to have the greatest impact," he writes.
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