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COVID-19 Black Swan

By Josh Williams, Ph.D. It is critical that leaders pay attention to their mental health during this pandemic and share information to employees on this topic. The extreme stressors leaders are dealing during this pandemic can bring mental health issues like stress and anxiety to the forefront. Leaders should be commended for their proactive efforts during these times. There are numerous examples of executives doing the right thing by their employees which will be detailed in upcoming blogs. This is especially commendable as financial perils threaten many organizations. Executives are dealing with unprecedented economic uncertainty while managing stressors in truly uncharted waters. It is

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By Brie DeLisi The world has been incredibly impacted over the course of the last month with COVID-19 and impacts on our economy. Leaders are being confronted with challenges that they have never had to address before, and it can be overwhelming. Leadership skills during this time are more important than they have ever been, to continue to promote a culture of safety and productivity. The impact on employees During concerning times, employees look to their leaders to provide support. Clearly these are unprecedented times and one that is a cause for serious concern. As a leader, your personal reactions are incredibly valid

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By Vicki Scott As the world comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, our reality as consumers has shifted to one of empty store shelves, long wait times, changes in store hours and even store closures. However inconvenient this may be, it is important to note that retail workers are among the highest risk frontline workers next to healthcare providers and essential service providers. For some consumer-based businesses, they may even fall under the essential service guidelines announced by government; this may include grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies, financial institutions and postal outlets. As such; workers in these industries do not

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By Eric Johnson As the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the economy grows more and more severe, an increasing number of industries have become well aware of the sharp impact the virus will have on their operations and end customers. In particular, the construction industry is poised to experience a downturn that we believe will occur immediately and be recognized in earnings between Q2 - Q4. Of course, this all depends on the severity of the virus. Any mutations or reemergence at successive points in the future will create additional uncertainty. Construction industry drivers are largely related to the growth of

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By Brie DeLisi A large portion of the workforce is now working remotely due to the current COVID-19 climate. Companies and governments alike are encouraging employees to work from home, where possible, to reduce the potential for spreading the virus. This results in a new potential danger to employees that might be unexpected. When we work in an office setting, it is clear who didn’t show up for work and that something might be wrong. In this climate, employees are working with little-to-no oversight at the workplace or at home and that typical daily recognition of presence disappears without second thought. What

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By Madison Hanscom In order to keep yourself, your employees, and others around you free from illness, it is important to backtrack and reflect where you have been in the past two weeks to assess exposure. This includes the work environment. What if one of your employees has been in close proximity to an individual in the workplace who now has been diagnosed with COVID-19 or someone who is displaying symptoms? If you or one of your employees were in close proximity or could have touched the same surfaces as this individual, it is important to stay informed on how COVID-19 spreads. Although

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