The best back-to-school benefits companies are offering their employees

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Description: At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, companies quickly realized the old workplace benefits—on-site meals and dry-cleaning, anyone?—wouldn’t translate to remote work. Businesses raced to introduce benefits that their employees could take advantage of—and that would be most helpful— during the global crisis. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 10, 2020 Link: https://fortune.com/2020/09/10/back-to-school-benefits-discounts-parents-caregivers/ Questions for discussion: What are… Read more »

How Etsy built a nearly $14 billion handmade empire

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Description: If it’s handmade or over 20 years old, there’s a good chance you can find it on Etsy, the go-to online marketplace for handcrafted and vintage goods. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/how-etsy-built-a-handmade-empire.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: How would you describe Etsy’s business model? Summarize the evolution of the firm’s… Read more »

Telemedicine

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Description: When the coronavirus hit, medical practitioners started ramping up their virtual offerings – notably appointments via videoconferencing apps such as FaceTime and Zoom – as a way to continue caring for patients and keep their businesses alive. Source: Bloomberg.com Date: Sep 12, 2020 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/telemedicine?srnd=businessweek-v2 Questions for discussion: What does the report say about… Read more »

Parents Got More Time Off. Then the Backlash Started.

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Description: Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 05, 2020 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/05/technology/parents-time-off-backlash.html Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how employees reacted to these new policies? How should management deal with this reaction, in your… Read more »

Howard Levitt: Why employees can’t refuse to return to work because they fear an unsafe workplace

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Description: An employee cannot refuse to return to work because they lack confidence in the employer’s measures or believe that leaving their home or taking public transit is unsafe. Nor can they necessarily refuse to return to work because they are older or believe they bear a special risk because of their or their family’s… Read more »

These restaurant chains are unveiling new designs inspired by the pandemic

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Description: The coronavirus pandemic is spurring on a growing number of restaurant chains to build restaurants with new bells and whistles focused on convenience and safety. Source: CNBC.com Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/05/restaurant-chains-are-unveiling-new-designs-inspired-by-the-pandemic.html Questions for discussion: How have these restaurant chains responded to the coronavirus pandemic? Do you think these are good decisions? What else would… Read more »

Crisis Management: Walmart+ ‘not aggressive enough’ to take on Amazon

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 Description: Yahoo Finance Canada’s Alicja Siekierska and strategy expert Mark Satov discuss Walmart’s new membership service and how it will stack up against Amazon Prime. Source: Yahoo.Finance.com – video report Date: Sep 04, 2020 Link: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/video/crisis-management-walmart-not-aggressive-194154877.html Questions for discussion: What does the report say about Walmart’s effort to launch a competing plan against Amazon Prime?… Read more »

What we’ve learned about how remote work is changing us

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Description: Arianna Huffington says that a series of clear stages of working from home are being revealed, and they include a great deal of stress and require strategies for workers and leaders to overcome them. Source: CNBC.com Date: Apr 09, 2020 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/09/heres-what-we-know-about-how-remote-work-changes-us.html?__source=iosappshare%7Ccom.apple.UIKit.activity.Mail Questions for discussion: What does the article say about how employees are… Read more »

How one Silicon Valley factory keeps running in the age of coronavirus

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Description: (Reuters) – The managers at Green Circuits — a small Silicon Valley electronics factory — thought they would have to close when the San Francisco Bay Area directed non-essential businesses to shut almost three weeks ago. Source: Reuters.com Date: Apr 5, 2020 Link: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-factory-staffing/how-one-silicon-valley-factory-keeps-running-in-the-age-of-coronavirus-idUSKBN21N0DG Questions for discussion: How did the firm adapt to the… Read more »

‘Not business as usual’: How Canada’s manufacturers mobilized to help fight COVID-19

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Description: The call display showed an Ottawa-area phone number. On the other end was an auto industry specialist at ?Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada with an urgent request: Can Autoliv make gowns for front line hospital workers fighting COVID-19 and whose supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is running dangerously low? Source: BNNBloomberg.com Date: Apr 09,… Read more »