Why and how to measure employees’ mental health These findings should cause concern among employers because mental health is a key driver of quality of life, productivity, and participation in the economy. Both employers and workers take this for granted far too often. That’s bound to change due in part to COVID-19, as more employers recognize the direct connection between their employees’ mental health and their bottom line. Employee mental health directly affects healthcare costs, worker productivity, and talent retention. Here are some first steps that employers can take to address their workers’ mental well-being. … [Read more...] about Employers need to address their workers’ mental health. Here are 3 ways to start
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The report, which was written over 10 weeks and bolstered by resident surveys, focus groups, and a youth summit, has 17 recommendations to be implemented in phases between now and 2023 and beyond. The concepts include broad, ambitious ideas such as expanding economic opportunity and financial security, increasing ownership and employment for Black and brown communities in the area’s contracting and construction industry, creating a vibrant minority business community, and strengthening the social safety net for workers. There are also more specific recommendations, such as preparing the city to host corporate HQ2s, and bringing film and TV opportunities to Chicago. All are detailed with multiple steps, and through a lens of “[circulating] prosperity within communities of color,” a focus which became sharper after the killing of George Floyd. … [Read more...] about Chicago’s COVID-19 recovery plan aims to go beyond the crisis to correct historical inequities
Cultivate belonging It’s important to understand how belonging fits in. It’s not just about the “numbers” and increasing the ratio of diversity but ensuring employees have a true sense of belonging and that their diverse perspective is welcome. Many companies worry about culture in general in a remote environment. There are many tools that can help to foster engagement and close-knit environments with a distributed workforce. … [Read more...] about Can remote work really improve workplace diversity?
Finding new types of customers is the key to rapid and reliable growth. Once you’ve nailed product/market fit for your initial vision, spend some time critically thinking about who else might benefit from your products and look for partners to help you reach those customers. And most importantly, show your passion—not just the vision of what you’re going to do, but the drive behind why you do it—and you’ll be successful in the long term. … [Read more...] about The most important startup rule: Play the long game