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  • Part 8 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. If there has been one, singular guiding principle or mantra that has sustained us, challenged us, and in some cases, inspired us over these last few months, this is it: “Don’t Waste the Crisis.” It is also the mantra that will propel us forward. Flashback to the eve of Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order in March, shutting down New York State and New York... More
  • Part 7 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. What can jazz teach us about COVID-19? What lessons can we learn from the great masters like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington at this very moment? As it turns out—a lot. In a unique way, jazz, a truly American, musical art form, perhaps perfectly embodies this moment. Jazz is about democracy – about different people, from different backgrounds, experiences, ethnicities, coming together... More
  • Part 6 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. Simple in theory. Challenging in practice. While we all intuitively know that we should stay home when we are feeling unwell, a fall 2019 survey suggests just the opposite—that approximately 90% of workers generally “push through” and come to work anyway. The reality is that employees come to work when they are sick for a myriad of reasons: to stay atop long... More
  • Part 5 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. By now, those who have been following this series know the basics. You’ve formulated (or are in the process of formulating) a “return to work” plan, which includes, among other things, implementing policies and guidelines consistent with CDC recommendations (wear masks), as well as other best practices that most of us learned, or should have learned, by the time we were... More
  • Part 4 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. We have said this before, but we will say it again: in the workplace, there should be no touching – ever. The COVID-19 pandemic just provides another reason to follow the advice we give in the anti-harassment context, that employees should maintain distance and not touch others. No Touching, Ever – Not Even For Handshakes In almost a long forgotten time, pre-COVID-19, it... More
  • Part 3 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19. Whether physically in the office or not, regularly washing your hands should already be a routine practice. However, this innate rule is especially important, and recommended by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”), to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to maintain safe, healthy and respectful workplaces. Wash Your Hands…All the Time Everyone should already be washing his or her hands... More
  • Part 2 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.  Who would have believed that months into this global pandemic, after the innumerable and unspeakable loss to human life, to global economies, and to our own sense of selves and normalcy – that the relatively straightforward issue of whether to wear a mask to curb the spread of this virus would remain such a hot button topic.  And yet, here we are. The... More
  • Part 1 of a series featuring our video Rules of the Road: Return to Work in the Time of COVID-19.  As Labor Day approaches, with schools reopening (in some form or fashion), and as we approach the end of our collective bandwidth for Zoom meetings, much time and attention has been spent discussing how and when to finally “return to work.” But in thinking about that seemingly innocuous phrase – “return to work” – employers would be remiss not to take a... More
  • Technology, media, and telecommunications organizations are at the forefront of tackling new challenges in handling employee information and managing employee populations. As legislatures (from the federal level down to states and cities) address how technology impacts today’s new workforce, employers must grapple with changes in managing data—from privacy concerns to the use of artificial intelligence in employment matters—and keeping workers happy, including dealing with wage increases, the rise in union activity, and contingent workers in the #MeToo era. A changing... More
  • There is a visceral and palpable dynamic emerging in global workplaces: tension. Tension between what is potentially knowable—and what is actually known.   Tension between the present and the future state of work.  Tension between what was, is, and what might become (and when).  Tension between the nature, function, and limits of data and technology. The present-future of work is being shaped daily, dynamically, and profoundly by a host of factors—led by the exponential proliferation of data, new technologies, and artificial intelligence (“AI”)—whose... More