Derek Thompson says the pandemic has changed our workplace culture forever -- or maybe not. He dissects three ways the country could change, including workers leaving big cities for smaller cities and more jobs becoming freelance, and then explains why the new normal might not last.
Successful business reopenings depend on slow plans that use local COVID-19 information, writes epidemiologist Tista Ghosh. She outlines what numbers to watch and advocates taking business outdoors and improving indoor ventilation, among other tips.
Collaborative online software such as Google Docs can enhance brainstorming sessions during this work-from-home period, writes Tomasz Tunguz of Redpoint Ventures. Adjusting the format to have everyone write down and review each other's ideas within the document can bring participants together and make the session more productive, he writes.
Salespeople should prepare for virtual meetings by making sure they have a quality camera and microphone and eliminating any distractions in their work area, writes James Meincke. Dress professionally and use tools such as screen-sharing features to communicate important ideas to prospects, Meincke writes.
The Transportation Security Administration has awarded a contract for acrylic safety barriers that will be installed at podiums and baggage screening equipment in 37 high-priority airports. "The ongoing installation of additional acrylic barriers adds a substantial layer of protection in our ongoing effort to ensure the health and safety of our workforce and airline passengers," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske.
Companies can reward employees without overspending if they pay spot bonuses for specific results or actions, writes Sanjiv Das, CEO of Caliber Home Loans. "[U]se a spot bonus like a scalpel to stimulate feelings of satisfaction among employees, incentivize group behaviors, and build a stronger sense of solidarity," Das writes.
Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness issued this week explains several steps on applying for forgiveness including determining which pay cycles are covered and calculating employee compensation. Attorney Neil Hare summarizes these and other guidelines in the Treasury Department's 10-page FAQ.
Guesty, a startup that provides software to manage short-term rentals, is in discussions with New York City, which has accused the company of actively disregarding the city's rules on illegal rentals. The startup says it will make clear its role in facilitating the rental of short-term accommodations as talks continue.
Entrepreneurs who define early adopters and their behaviors will find clarity in their customer base and product, which can help move forward goals, writes Startup Circle founder Abdo Riani. "[I]f there is one thing that could make or break a startup, it's failing to understand the user," Riani writes.
Entrepreneurs who work to view negative events in a positive light remain "open to new possibilities where others see barriers," which is key for critical afloat in a difficult economy, writes Carmine Gallo. Instead of getting stuck in negativity, founders should ask themselves "Was I making the right decisions before this unlucky hand?" among other questions that can influence mindset, Gallo writes.