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  • An employee engagement survey found that 69% of workers admitted that they would work harder if they felt more appreciated.
  • Sponsor virtual seminars, events, and retreats
  • Mental health screening tools:
  • Enhanced health insurance benefit
  • Communication
  • Still, 4 out of 10 employees stated that their employer was not providing them any additional resources to combat the challenges of Covid-19. 
  • Parents have an especially hard time, with 54% of working-from-home parents stating it’s difficult to balance work and home life. Furthermore, 60% stated that they found that managing remote learning to be especially challenging.
  • lack of understanding, gratitude and support that many workers are feeling as they transition from work-from-home back to the office, or as they continue to work diligently from home. 
  • 3. Not showing gratitude and support to staff
  • Make sure that your attitude and approach to reopening is inclusive and understanding. 
  • companies should be as flexible as possible in allowing people to make the choice about when they are comfortable returning to the office. This is important when it comes to company culture, not just the letter of the law.
  • Being flexible about schedule and allowing your staff to explore new models for hybrid work from home and in person work is a safer bet
  • As more offices are reopening, I’m often hearing that the expectation is that workers who previously worked full time on-site are being expected to come back into the office for the full work week. 
  • Remote freelance work surged during the pandemic as many were laid off from full time positions, or opted for the flexibility and safety of working from home.  It’s estimated that 2 million Americans started freelance since September 2019, and the percent of Americans doing freelance work has to risen 36% of the workforce, up 8% from 2019 numbers.
  • The biggest blunder I’m hearing a lot about is a failure to recognize that staff members may not want to or be ready to return to the office full time without the flexibility to continue to work from home.
  • Lack of flexibility
  • As important as putting in place these protocols is communicating them fully and comprehensively to staff
  • Ask the difficult question of whether or not the level of risk is low enough to safely reopen
  • Look for all ways to mitigate risk.
  • Consider improvements and changes that would create a safer office environment
  • Deal proactively with staff members who are potential sick
  • Have up-to-date sick leave and supportive policies
  • Educate employees
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC( has provided guidelines for offices in reopening which includes plans for risk assessment, testing, preventative measure, and contact tracing. Their guidelines and protocols are extensive,
  • the biggest blunder you can make in bringing your staff back is not taking time to carefully consider best practices and safety measures.
  • U.S. offices have the added challenge of varied state-to-state response to Covid-19, and sometimes seemingly inconsistent and contradictory policy and messaging from politicians and public health officials. 
  • It’s expected that many in-person business activities will not be able to resume in full before at least the second quarter of 2021. 
  • 1. No coherent or comprehensive policy or practices for Covid-19 safety
  • Our conversation particularly resonated with me because it reminded me of some trends I’ve been seeing, and hearing from clients, about how different workplaces are handling the return to in-person work.
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  • A Sugar & Spice Holiday (Lifetime, premieres 12/13): It's safe to say that recent advances in representation for Black and Latinx people in these films have not extended, in general, to characters or actors with Asian heritage. Here, however, you have your basic adorable small town in Maine where protagonist Suzie's parents run the local lobster place. Not only is the woman Chinese-American; her father is played by the great Tzi Ma. Suzie winds up entering the local gingerbread contest and working with an old flame to make gingerbread infused with her baking grandma's traditions.
  • First Christmas (OWN, premieres 12/22): A woman who grew up in foster care spends the holidays with her birth family, including several siblings, one of whom is hesitant about introducing her girlfriend to the family. It sounds more like a heartwarming family story than family chaos, but either way, I'm betting they have a merry Christmas.
  • Deliver By Christmas (Hallmark M&M, premiered 10/25) A bakery owner meets a single dad with a moppet, whom she likes very much. She does not realize that he and the client she's communicating with anonymously are one and the same.
  • Cooking Up Christmas (OWN, premieres 12/15): A chef takes a job with a single man and his moppets over the Christmas holiday. Can she love this family and also pursue her dream of opening her own adorable small business?
  • Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding (Lifetime, premieres 11/28): This one is a sequel to a movie from last year. It finds Kelly Rowland getting married and her "boisterous family" being boisterous. Family chaos!
  • Christmas By Starlight (Hallmark, premieres 11/26): A lawyer finds that her family's adorable small business, a cafe, is going to be demolished. What's more, the mean suit man who's in charge of its demise won't even listen! But after he asks her to participate in a ruse to impress his father, maybe she can work something out. If you know what we mean.
  • A Very Charming Christmas Town (Lifetime, premiered 11/8): A journalist goes to an adorable small town that cares way too much about Christmas to make her "next holiday vlog piece" (urrrgh). When she gets there, the local chocolate maker shows her around. Sparks fly through the ... nougat or what have you.
  • A Taste Of Christmas (Lifetime, premieres 11/20): As you can probably tell from the title, this one is in food world. A woman learns that her cousin (beloved celebrity Nia Vardalos) has to call off her Christmas even restaurant opening. That will not do! But can she help get the restaurant open in time for Christmas, with the hope of a handsome chef?
  • Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (Netflix, premieres 11/13): Full of actual supernatural forces and original songs from writers including John Legend, this one stars Forest Whitaker as a "legendary toymaker" who falls victim to the machinations of a scheming Keegan-Michael Key, meaning his granddaughter must save Christmas.
  • The Christmas Yule Blog (Lifetime, premiered 11/6): Maybe the worst title of the season? A journalist is unhappy when she has to go to an adorable small town in New Mexico to cover their treasured holiday tradition, a Christmas parade. But a local high school music teacher helps her get into the spirit. There's probably music!
  • Operation Christmas Drop (Netflix, premiered 11/5): A serious career woman meets a handsome Air Force pilot while trying to shut down the base where he works. Will she stop his treasured holiday tradition of gift-giving in its tracks? WHO CAN SAY?
  • One Royal Holiday (Hallmark, premiered 10/31): Broadway performers Laura Osnes and Aaron Tveit star in this story of a royal family that's snowed in with a woman who teaches them the true meaning of Christmas by hosting them in her beloved hometown. It's hard to imagine there's not music, although it's not necessarily indicated.
  • Holidate (Netflix, premiered 10/28): Two people who hate Christmas agree to be each other's plus-one for holidays.
  • Christmas On Ice (Lifetime, premiered 10/23): A figure skater who runs the local ice rink in her adorable hometown will need help from a hockey player (who's the single dad to a moppet) to save the critical community asset. They really missed out by not calling this something like The Tree-Cutting Edge.
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  • as experts in public health, with deep knowledge of how an individual’s actions can put the broader community at risk, they felt it was their responsibility to cancel plans, or else they never made them in the first place.
  • There is no way I would attend a holiday gathering, as I am not suicidal.
  • Seeing family is restorative and a source of joy
  • “I will quarantine for three full weeks — an extra, for good measure.”
  • We will be celebrating Thanksgiving outside, using portable tables and heaters,
  • this year I intend to stay home and just Skype or Zoom with family and friends instead
  • one said her pod had written “a constitution of allowable activities” to ensure they all followed the same rules
  • Some have coordinated with family or friends to cook side dishes, then exchange them and return home to dine alone. Some are quarantining, having no contact with others, for two or more weeks before the holiday, and getting multiple tests. Others are inviting only members of their quarantine pods
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  • cases up 77 percent and deaths up 52 percent in the last 14 days. On Thursday, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans to avoid travel and celebrate the holiday only with members of their household.
  • Seventy-nine percent said they were having Thanksgiving dinner with members of their household or not at all. Just 21 percent said they would be dining with people outside their household — and in most cases, they described going to great lengths to do so in a safe way.
  • according to an informal survey of 635 epidemiologists by The New York Times, the large majority are not celebrating with people outside their household.
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  • A pandemic “doesn’t have to be like a deal-breaker when it comes to holidays like this,” she says. “You just have to get creative and just focus on the heart of the why. Why are we getting together for these holidays?”
  • It wasn’t normal, she says, celebrating Christmas on Sept. 27 with her dad and Oct. 3 with her mom. But it was kind of wonderful.
  • “Traditions are great,” Fliss says. “But it’s OK if you do something different.”
  • A pumpkin pie on a random day in October is just a pumpkin pie. But a pumpkin pie on the fourth Thursday of November is not just pumpkin pie: It’s part of Thanksgiving. Our intentions, coupled with the season, elevate it.
  • announcements “show the range of ways in which those getting married have in fact drilled down to what is most of significance for them -- and with no homogeneity.”
  • Fauci said he understands the emotional attachment people have to Thanksgiving and holiday gatherings, but urged everyone to be careful this year. Evaluate the risks, especially with relatives who arrived on airplanes, and protect the elderly and people with underlying conditions
  • in 2020, a joyful, multigenerational meal around a crowded, indoor dinner table is a potentially high-risk activity
  • Family and friends will eat together, apart, sharing in the communal experience of a holiday meal without being able to ask each other to pass the gravy
  • Bryant and Thibodeaux both plan to fire up digital devices and connect with loved ones over Zoom
  • she’ll pack ample portions in gift bags with handwritten notes, then place the bags on her stoop for contactless pickup on Thanksgiving Day.
  • She’ll bake brownies three days in advance. Then she’ll roast a turkey, along with “about 5 pounds of mashed potatoes and gravy and stuffing and green beans and cranberry sauce.”
  • This time, because of the pandemic, she’ll do it all several days before Thanksgiving, then ship portions from her home in Florida to her family around the country.
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  • “The parent's attitude will likely make the difference. Choose to make it a new adventure instead of a deviation from the traditions. There is lots of fun to be had without placing our children in danger.”
  • pre-packaging snacks and treats into individual servings
  • “For older kids, consider an outdoor scary movie night, where seats are placed 6+ feet apart,”
  • Ghosh suggested holding a small, outdoor Halloween party. The keys to success for a relatively safe Halloween party include costumes with masks, social distancing, and readily available hand sanitizer.
  • Instead of trick-or-treating, hide candy in different rooms of the house and let your kids go hunting
  • Have a family pumpkin carving contest
  • Buy lots of supplies and make homemade costumes as a family, posting the results to social media
  • washing their hands both before and after eating candy
  • Leave candy on your lawn instead of handing it out in order to avoid those face-to-face interactions
  • Choose costumes for yourself and your kids that include masks, and even gloves
  • “This year (if allowed) they could be coming home with a potentially deadly COVID-19 virus along with that snickers bar.”
  • traditional trick-or-treating has officially been dubbed a high-risk activity that should be avoided this year.
  • But It turns out there’s something scarier than witches and goblins this Halloween: a virus that has already made 2020 one of the hardest years anyone can remember, taking the lives of over 200,000 Americans in the last six months alone, and effectively destroying anything “normal” we once knew.
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  • However, a social bubble is not something you want to enter into lightly
  • backyard movie night with one area sectioned off for kids and another space dedicated to adults
  • remember to still practice safe hygiene
  • If everyone is chipping in to pay for food and supplies, Swann said, “Have one person collect money from everyone using Zelle so no exchange of money is needed.
  • “The beauty of a social pod or bubble — at least one where everybody follows the rules — is that when you spend time together (as long as you’re away from other people) you can interact pretty freely. Meetups where you’re all contained to one person’s home, backyard, or stoop are fair game. Order from your favorite restaurant and eat under the stars or organize a game of lawn Olympics. Even with minimal social interactions, with a little imagination, you can create a pretty magical summer,” he said
  • let them know this is temporary. You can say, ‘We are definitely going to see each other again, but right now we have to take precautions,’
  • It’s hard for kids to see a playground that they can’t play on. Plan games in the grass, from bubbles to relay races, to get people moving and having fun,” Swann said.
  • “Catching a movie at a drive-in or outdoor theater poses less of a risk than piling into a traditional movie theater,” said Karp
  • “In order to make your play pod as safe as possible, it’s important that you put some boundaries in place. First, the more people who are in your pod, the greater your COVID exposure risk. Pick one other family, maybe two, to invite into your pod. Ideally, keep your overall pod size to 10 people or fewer,
  • instead of venturing to a packed beach boardwalk, he suggests finding a remote stretch of sand where you can enjoy the surf while keeping your distance
  • As an added bonus, find areas that offer open land to have a picnic or play a game, and if kids are in your pod, find spots that don’t have playgrounds
  • Keeping your social bubble to 10 or fewer can help reduce exposure to COVID-19
  • Keep your circle small if you or anyone in your family is at an increased risk for COVID-19 due to age, asthma, or other medical conditions
  • the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)Trusted Source states that the more people you interact with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of getting COVID-19.
  • Social bubbles offer an opportunity to socialize in close proximity with a small group of people.
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  • Ultimately, if you want to remain productive during the COVID-19 pandemic, you really need to rethink your priorities so you’re working smarter, not harder. This is the time to focus on your health and well-being so you can come out the other side stronger.
  • “We are going through a collective trauma experience,” adds Cook. “Anxiety is up, depression is up. From a productivity standpoint, it’s challenging, because we’re navigating these huge emotional hurdles with an uncertainty that most of us have never really experienced in our lifetime.”
  • “The new ideas we are losing today could show up as fewer new products in 2021 and beyond, lowering long-run growth.”
  • I also suggest that you avoid multitasking and minimize distractions. That’s often easier said than done. But turning off your phone and working in a quiet place are proven techniques. I would also schedule blocks of time for household chores so your mind doesn’t wander. 
  • Exercise, a healthy breakfast, and setting daily affirmations and intentions are all worth trying. Reading, writing in a gratitude journal, and practicing mindfulness could also be included. 
  • “When people don't have a routine or structure to their day it can cause increased stress and anxiety, as well as overwhelming feelings, lack of concentration, and focus,” explains Dr. Rachel Goldman, psychologist and clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine.
  • As for everything else? I either schedule it for a later time, delegate it, or delete it from my to-do list. 
  • Instead of worrying about trivial items, I’m only focusing on my three most critical tasks for the day. These are the important things that will move the needle closer to my goals. I then make them nonnegotiable by adding them to my calendar so I don’t fill those time slots with anything else. 
  • “Any fashion, sensibility, ideology, set of priorities, worldview or hobby that you acquired prior to March 2020, and that may have by then started to seem to you cumbersome, dull, inauthentic, a drag: you are no longer beholden to it,” wrote Justin EH Smith, a professor of history and philosophy at the University of Paris, in an essay published in The Point magazine. “You can cast it off entirely and no one will care; likely, no one will notice.”
  • In fact, data from Aternity, a digital experience management company, found that in the U.S., there’s been a 7.2 percent decline in productivity.
  • With so much uncertainty, it’s understandable that we’re more anxious and stressed than ever before. I think many of us have a new outlook on life. Why did we burn ourselves out at work when we could have been spending that time with loved ones or doing things that bring us joy?
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  • In Italy, racist incidents have been on the rise in recent years with an influx of migrants from Africa and the growth of anti-migrant sentiment.
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  • “The killing and these violent physical things that have happened is only just the top of it,” said Lawson, 54. “That’s why you’ve got to start right from the bottom, just like an iceberg.”
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  • “The killing and these violent physical things that have happened is only just the top of it,” said Lawson, 54. “That’s why you’ve got to start right from the bottom, just like an iceberg.”
  • Floyd’s death has sparked significant protests across the United States; but it has also struck a chord with minorities protesting discrimination elsewhere, including demonstrators in Sydney who highlighted indigenous Australians who died in custody.
  • Floyd’s death has sparked significant protests across the United States; but it has also struck a chord with minorities protesting discrimination elsewhere, including demonstrators in Sydney who highlighted indigenous Australians who died in custody.
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  • In Brisbane, the Queensland state capital, organizers said about 30,000 people gathered, forcing police to shut down some major downtown streets.
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  • there’s “a lot of frustration due to racial discrimination, and we want change for our children and our children’s children’s to be able to have equality within the U.K, the U.S., all around the world.”
  • In central London, tens of thousands staged a rally outside Parliament Square, invoking Floyd’s memory as well as people who died during police encounters or indifference in Britain.
  • “I know that because of my skin color I’m starting out with a handicap, for example, if I want to get a flat or go to a top school,” she said. “I know I’m going to have to fight twice as hard as the others. But I’m prepared.”
  • Several thousand demonstrators in Paris defied a protest ban — issued due to the coronavirus pandemic — and assembled within sight of the U.S. Embassy, kept back by imposing barriers and riot police.
  • Floyd, a black man, died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee on his neck even after he pleaded for air while handcuffed and stopped moving.
  • In Berlin, where police said 15,000 people rallied peacefully on the German capital’s Alexander Square,
  • the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality is resonating with wider calls over addressing racism in Asia, Australia and Europe.
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  • worrying about the enormity of the problem only overwhelms and drains me. When that happens, I remind myself to stay focused on the present.
  • Increase awareness of this inequity through my various platforms Provide as much information and education as possible to help  Help connect people to resources that can help them through difficult times like this 
  • Let those around you see how moments like this deeply affect you on an emotional level. The LGBTQ movement was shaped by stories like Frank Kameny  and Jack Nichols who picketed the White House in the nation’s first major gay rights protest in 1965. People like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who rallied the rioters at Stonewall, helped empower other people to stand up as well. Brenda Howard, known as the "Mother of Pride", in her work in coordinating the first Pride March, started a movement that later touches millions of lives. These stories have caused a ripple effect that has led to substantial change.  
  • The parades were a mix of politics and celebration. They promoted visibility of the LGBTQ community. They also served as a huge megaphone for LGBTQ needs and rights — like protection against harassment, raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic or fighting for marriage equality. They gave a growing LGBTQ movement a voice and, as support grew, that voice began to be heard.
  • Stonewall was not the start of the LGBTQ movement.  LGBTQ activists have been organizing since at least the 1920s. But the rage and fervor caused by the Stonewall riots helped catapult the LGBTQ movement to a new level.
  • Things eventually calmed down. But once the word got out about the riots, thousands returned the next night to continue the protest. The protest lasted six days.
  • It started when Marsha P. Johnson cried “I got my civil rights!” and threw a shot glass into a mirror (now known as "the Shot Glass that was Heard Around the World").
  • In the early morning of June 28th, 1969, eight officers from the New York City’s Public Morals Division, a unit of the police department, raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. This raid wasn’t unusual in New York (or many other cities). Back then, the Public Morals Division enforced all laws for vice and gambling, including prostitution, narcotics and homosexuality. Cops could arrest and even force hospitalization of gay people.
  • Throughout history, periods of upheaval moments have often given birth to genuine progress and change.  Pride Month commemorates one such time, where riots and protests created awareness of deep-seated problems and energized people to take action to create substantial change. So as the crowds march and the fires burn in many cities like Minneapolis, Atlanta, Philadelphia and my hometown Chicago, this feels like the perfect opportunity to revisit the history behind the Pride Month and use some lessons from it to move forward today. 
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  • So, if nothing else, this difficult chapter in our common history only underscores, yet again, just how critical it is for us to preserve and reward continued investment in our seemingly inexhaustible engine of innovation, and these days, particularly in fundamental R&D and connectivity infrastructure.
  • Organizations and workers that had been traditionally slow to adopt new technologies, however, found themselves having to not only adapt to the challenges of this operational diaspora, but do it at an accelerated pace, without much of a plan or even guardrails, with less experience in the matter, and under extreme stress.
  • For starters, the fact that so many enterprise and SMB-focused software can be easily downloaded to a device in moments means that workers and businesses can be highly adaptable in times of change.
  • 5G networks aren’t just an end unto themselves, they also help improve the performance of 4G LTE networks by offloading them for users who haven’t yet opted-into 5G service.
  • Investments in 5G networks especially, which complement existing 4G LTE networks, aim to both significantly increase download speeds for 5G customers specifically and add significant additional bandwidth to networks in order to accommodate more users, more devices, and more data usage without creating the types of capacity bottlenecks that 4G LTE networks alone cannot always completely avoid.
  • If the value of the massive investments in technology and innovation that we saw over the last ten to twenty years wasn’t already abundantly clear before this crisis, it should be now, particularly in several areas that have played a critical role in helping us adapt to the radical changes that were thrust upon us so suddenly: Network connectivity, the digital devices that we interface with, and the software that powers them. 
  • Network connectivity, the digital devices that we interface with, and the software that powers them.   
  • The transition from legacy IT to cloud computing; the expansion of retail and banking into the mobile space; the rise of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and smart automation; and the growth of the IoT were, among other massively transformative technologies, at the heart of a generational forward evolutionary leap.
  • This has forced organizations and workers in pretty much every industry to reinvent presence, productivity and collaboration, and adapt to one of the most challenging and sudden waves of disruption since the second world war.
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