Denounce the acts of sedition at the Capitol While this seems like an obvious step, many organizations struggle with the idea of having to issue a statement denouncing violent and supremacist actions each time events occur. It feels redundant and can be daunting to draw more negative attention from customers and clients who oppose the stance or who believe commerce and governmental/political affairs should be kept separate. But that shouldn’t stop companies from communicating their views clearly. “What many organizations don’t realize is that while they’re playing safe, neutrality communicates a position that your employees hear loudly,” says Charlie Pleasant, founder and CEO of Pleasant Coaching and Consulting, and who serves as a crisis counselor to organizations after traumatic events. … [Read more...] about 4 steps companies should take in the aftermath of January 6
So far, new variants of the virus have shown relatively few mutations, so the original vaccines should continue to work. “The spike protein is very big—it’s like 350 amino acids, so that’s big for a protein, and what that means is that there are many, many different sites that antibodies can recognize,” Weissman says. The variant in the U.K. had only a handful of mutations. … [Read more...] about How easy will it be to update the COVID vaccine if the virus mutates too much?
The most interesting finding in the report is when it looked at whether employees had taken on any new responsibilities in the workplace as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It found that, overall, an astonishing 93% of respondents said they took on new responsibilities. Notably, these new responsibilities came even if their companies hired more employees in 2020. … [Read more...] about Taking on additional responsibilities at work? You’re not alone
“It’s simple, fair and the right thing to do,” Chobani president Peter McGuinness wrote in a LinkedIn post. “Our plant employees have been on the frontlines of putting food on America’s kitchen table 24/7 during this pandemic. They’re the heart of our company and we’ll do whatever we can to protect them.” … [Read more...] about Chobani offers workers paid time off to get coronavirus vaccines
It’s not only a matter of mentorship, though. Accountability is also an important part of retention, specifically when it comes to holding people responsible when their actions or words contribute to a toxic work environment for minority team members. There have been troubling reports out of companies like Pinterest and Coinbase, where former employees have reported that managers and coworkers freely made racist remarks and mistreated them without repercussions, creating a toxic environment that pushes people away rather than bringing them in. These employees need to be held accountable every time that one of these instances comes up, without fail. If not, the result is a culture of exclusion and discomfort that will prevent team members from sharing ideas, feeling heard, and ultimately staying at the company. That culture of exclusion and toxicity then becomes part of your company’s reputation, making it more unlikely that diverse workers will even want to join your team … [Read more...] about Tech’s attempts to diversify are failing. Here’s what to do instead