As schools across the country announce their plans for the fall, working parents are forced to choose from an array of bad options: Send your kids back to school, if it’s open, and risk coronavirus exposure—or keep them home with little or no supervision as you try to simultaneously parent, do your job and monitor your child’s online schooling.
Offices prep for new logistics when workers return
Most firms have just begun to wrestle with what they—and their workers—will face.Read More
Restaurants will be anything but cozy when diners return
Restaurateurs say protective measures and uncertainty about the lingering pandemic might chill the influx in revenue the industry is hoping for once restaurants are allowed to resume dine-in service.Read More
Factories’ new reality: Temperature checks, sanitizing, face masks
From production routines and work schedules to health screenings and visitor policies, Hoosier manufacturers say COVID-19 has forced them to rethink how they operate.Read More
IBJ Podcast: The pressures of working and parenting at home in a pandemic
Many parents who now work remotely have been forced to manage their duties as employees, spouses and parents all at the same time and all in the same place. Podcast host Mason King asks human resources expert Liz Malatestinic and local families for strategies for staying organized and ahead of potential meltdowns.Read More
The business environment is still rife with uncertainty because of the pandemic, and employers need to be cautious as they contemplate bringing employees back into the workplace. There are a number of areas of concern.
It could be months, or longer, before downtown bustles again with the office workers who help restaurants and other retailers thrive. And the wait might be a death knell for some of those retailers.
The child-care crunch triggered by the pandemic has rapidly become a crisis for many workers and companies that is hindering the economic recovery, disproportionately harming women, and threatening to leave deep scars for years to come.
Culture, we all know, eats strategy for breakfast. And yet, leaders often focus on the tangible, more measurable elements of their strategy they can comfortably see better—ignoring the softer, less visible aspects that make organizations truly healthy.
During her six years on the board of Women & Hi Tech—the last year as its president—Angela Freeman has focused as much on up-and-coming young women and schoolgirls as on supporting the not-for-profit’s members.
It can be tough to break through our shell and show vulnerability, but the initial investment pays dividends.
From Nike to Target, dozens of companies are for the first time commemorating June 19, the effective end of American slavery, but the differences in how are stark.
Pushed by employees in some cases or by a fear of losing customers, corporations are being forced to examine their roles in inequalities in hiring, pay and promotion, fostering toxic workplace cultures and consumer discrimination.
Given the uncertainty, good decisions today need to incorporate farsighted thinking versus narrowband thinking. These complex decisions require a thoughtful and intentional process to increase the odds of having a favorable outcome.
An April survey by Indiana INTERNnet, an online portal that matches students with employers seeking interns, found that 37% of the 181 employers surveyed no longer planned to hire interns this summer, while 48% still planned to but with program changes.
Here are some tips for building trust with your manager so you can eventually stake a claim that you deserve to work remotely.
For companies that pursue technological advances and innovative solutions, bias can have an enduring impact, making it easy for the cycle to be perpetuated.
Design thinking requires participants to communicate freely, open their minds to new ideas and look at problems in new ways. Here are some exercises to help.
Paul Ashley, a FirstPerson senior vice president and adviser, discusses how to talk with employees about coming back to work, how to address increasing mental health needs of workers, and the ways in which the workplace may change.
Perhaps the biggest key to making effective plans in all this is flexibility.
Engagement has clearly shown a correlation to greater productivity and workplace happiness, but how accurate is our method for measuring workplace engagement? There are better ways.
What I miss most is actually my people. My sweet, sweet colleagues. The lack of this serendipitous community has left the biggest impact on my body—a hole in my heart.
Dr. Cole Beeler knows people are itching to get back to business and resume their normal lives. But he warns employers and workers not to rush back to the old way of doing business, at least not all at once.
Elaine Pulakos, the CEO of talent management consulting firm PDRI, talks about her new research that reveals why creating stability in your workplace frees your employees to be focused and rational so they “act like shock absorbers” during a crisis like the pandemic.