Today's managers must be prepared to focus on engaging employees on an individual level rather than focusing only on productivity, according to Adam Hickman and Jennifer Robison. They write that managers who learn to focus on the strengths of employees can see up to a sixfold increase in engagement.
Being a CEO, especially in challenging times such as the coronavirus pandemic, requires attention to changing data along with the willingness to change course, writes Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten of TNW. He states that he's "grateful for those people who were patient enough to confront me with new facts that helped me change my mind."
Natasha Landell-Mills of Sarasin & Partners says she changed her title from "head of ESG" to "head of stewardship" because environmental, social and governance matters should not be segregated from general investing. "I find it hard to think of any issues to do with a business that are not going to involve people or the earth, because companies provide a product using staff -- who are people -- for customers -- who are people, and the management -- well, are people," she says.
The economic slowdown associated with the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating digital transformation and forcing companies to communicate carefully with suppliers, John Belden writes. He lists five things to consider, including renegotiating if projects are delayed and taking advantage of people's openness to change.
Restaurant and bar employees across the country (and around the world) are facing dual challenges in the pandemic. Those still working to bring us food are on the frontlines -- and at greater risk of infection -- and those not are facing long-term unemployment.
It's not all bad news, though: food retailers, restaurants and delivery services including Walmart, Papa John's and Instacart are recruiting thousands of new workers to keep up with increased demand. At the same time, out-of-work cooks, servers and other hospitality staff are finding support from projects like Chef Edward Lee's Restaurant Workers Relief Program, generous customers and industry brands.
Why it matters: Who needs to buy new bottoms these days? I mean ... if the Red Hot Chili Peppers didn't need bottoms (or tops) to shoot the cover photo for The Abbey Road E.P., you don't need new bottoms to work from home.
Why it matters: In highlighting 3 big challenges associated with remote work, this article makes a great point about how power structures might be altered based on people's fluency with remote working technology. If the person who usually "owns the room" in every in-person meeting isn't fluent in remote work protocols, their power will likely diminish.
One request: The new wave of remote work will also reshape how virtual meetings are conducted. To that end, can we all start indicating in a meeting invite if the meeting needs to be voice or video? Just because we can use video doesn't mean we have to use video. Plus, a video conference requires a whole extra level of social distancing from my 7-year-old and 11-year-old noisemakers.
Why it matters: With all the uncertainty going on in the world, it is important to remember some of the little things for which we need to be grateful. One example is how advancements in video-sharing technology have helped families and friends stay connected. Sure, virtual happy hours are cool and all, but there are other special moments in life that would be heartbreaking for loved ones to miss out on sharing ... moments like a child's first birthday. You only turn one once!
The parents in this video make a massive effort to share their daughter's first birthday with family and friends by livestreaming the big event. What cracks me up is how the parents do everything they can to cajole the baby into smashing her cake. The dad even utters, "That cake owes you money!" But this little cutie isn't having any of that. She is much to refined for that kind of chicanery.
Why it matters: If you liked "The Karate Kid," you will like this podcast. One fun nugget: In the fight scene when the skeleton-suit clad Cobra Kai catch up to Daniel and beat him up, the kick Johnny delivers to Daniel's face was real.
Binge watch: The reason I put this in the "Seen and Heard" section is because it gives me a chance to once again plug the "Cobra Kai" series on YouTube TV. I mentioned this show late last year and if you need a new show to binge-watch, check it out.