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By Eric Johnson As sustainability takes the place of panic within the current pandemic, many organizations we have engaged with have asked what will things look like over the next year and beyond. As the pandemic curves flatten out and organizations get back to business, a new normal is settling in that will change the way business will be conducted across every industry. From shifting consumer demand to erosion of business due to customer lost income, the landscape for developing a new normal means developing a system for meeting presumed expectations consistently. Conduct a thorough evaluation of your products and production, with a focus on

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D.Previous blogs have detailed company leaders who’ve effectively led their organizations during COVID-19. This includes numerous, bold steps to protect employees’ safety and promote emotional well-being. Unfortunately, some leaders haven’t gotten the memo. Cargill is both the largest and wealthiest privately held corporation in America. They make more than $100 billion annually in revenue and meat processing is a large part of their operations. As most are aware, meat packing plants have had surprisingly high rates of COVID over the last few months. Part of the challenge with this industry is that people work in close quarters, especially in

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D.Organizational leaders are facing extreme challenges in navigating COVID-19. This is especially true with high profile organizations that are under intense scrutiny. Unfortunately, we’ve seen some missteps along the way. Although Amazon recently pledged all of its $4B second quarter profits to coronavirus relief efforts, they also received negative press for perceptions of how they initially handled employees’ safety in some of their warehouses. This included how they responded with people who spoke up about it (1). Perceptions of mishandling employee safety are bad for business, especially right now. Other organizational leaders have bolstered their company brands by handling

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By Madison Hanscom, PhD In previous blogs, we have discussed the benefits companies can experience from Flex Work arrangements (1). Because flexible work requires less commuting and office space, this also has positive implications for the environment. This is because there is an associated reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (2). There are clear benefits to businesses and the environment, but how about individuals? Although some individuals experience negative components of remote work, such as loneliness (see our blog post on common challenges associated with Flex Work, (3)), there are many positive outcomes employees can enjoy from Flex Work. According to researchers, telework

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By Brie DeLisi Many of us are in the process of shifting back into office environments or considering the appropriate next steps for a safe return to the office. Fortunately, there are a number of steps that can be taken for the physical work environment to ensure employees are kept as safe and healthy as possible. The purpose of these physical work environment adjustments is to ensure employees can be properly distanced to avoid COVID exposures in the air and that shared resources limit surface exposures. Considerations should include employee distancing, space resourcefulness, adding structures, air ventilation, shared resources and sanitation. Safe

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By Josh Williams, Ph.D. We are beginning to see early signs of forward progress with COVID-19. Certain drugs designed to improve recovery with this disease are showing promise. In the coming weeks and months, organizations will be opening up their operations beyond virtual connections. Even when it appears work is becoming closer to “normal,” it’s important to remember that many people won’t be. We are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress as people worry about loved ones, job security, and an uncertain future. It is unrealistic to assume that employees will be “back to normal” as operations resume. Stress and fatigue take a powerful,

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