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Description: Even as the coronavirus pandemic worsens in the U.S., stay-at-home orders in some areas have loosened and companies have sent some workers back to offices with social distancing restrictions, temperature checks and plexiglass sneeze barriers.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 17, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/17/bringing-the-outside-into-the-office-covid-19-bolsters-green-design-.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How has the work environment been affected by the coronavirus?
  • How will management and employee behavior change as a result, in your opinion?

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Description: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The coronavirus pandemic has affected U.S. workplaces like nothing else in modern history, including high unemployment, the shuttering of businesses, and the shift of many workers to off-site, remote work.

Source: Gallup.com

Date: Oct 13, 2020

Link: https://news.gallup.com/poll/321800/covid-remote-work-update.aspx

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about workers’ attitude toward office environments?
  • How should management respond to this research?

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Description: When I first read, Keith Ferrazzi‘s book, Never Eat Alone, something clicked. In a big way. Since then (putting aside the pandemic, which makes this activity near-impossible), I always book breakfast, lunch (and even coffee) meetings with different kinds of people. It has been one (of many) invaluable life (and work) tools that have simply worked for me. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith, in person, on many occasions over the years, and I consider myself lucky to have that opportunity. Keith Ferrazzi is an author, speaker, entrepreneur and thought leader. As Chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight and its Research Institute, he works to identify behaviors that block global organizations from reaching their goals, and to transform them by coaching new behaviors. Keith has introduced a new concept that he calls “co-elevation.” Formerly he was the CMO of Deloitte and Starwood Hotels. Along with Never eat Alone, he also wrote Who’s Got Your Back and the recently published, Leading Without Authority. Enjoy the conversation…

Source: SixPixels.com

Date: Oct 11, 2020

Link: https://www.sixpixels.com/articles/archives/keith-ferrazzi-on-leading-without-authority-this-weeks-six-pixels-of-separation-podcast/

Questions for discussion:

  • What does Keith Ferrazzi say about work, and business thinking?
  • Do you agree with his assessment?
  • What does he mean by the term “co-elevation”?

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Description: Union says about $1.5 billion will be invested in Windsor plant

Source: CBC.ca

Date: Oct 16, 2020

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/electiccars-fca-unifor-dias-windsor-automakers-1.5763004

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the deal mean for unionized labor in the Canadian auto industry?
  • Do you think this deal improves labor-management relations? Explain your answer.

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Description: Amazon Care, the company’s online medical clinic for its own employees, is trying to hire half a dozen people in business development roles to “build and grow relationships with commercial and public sector enterprises.” Most of the roles were posted in the past month.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Ocy 16, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/16/amazon-care-telemedicine-service-job-listings-hint-at-expansion.html

Questions for discussion:

  • Describe the business model Amazon is rolling out.
  • Why are partnerships important to this effort?
  • How successful do you think the plan will be? Explain your thinking.

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Description: A new report by the consumer-interest nonprofit Public Citizen calls out major retailers — Best Buy, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Target, Walmart and others — for donating to trade associations and campaigns promoting harsher shoplifting penalties in at least 18 states. The retailers succeeded in 11 of them, according to the report.

Source: NPR.org

Date: Oct 16, 2020

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/10/16/923844907/when-shoplifting-is-a-felony-retailers-back-harsher-penalties-for-store-theft

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the issues involved in this report?
  • What are the consequences for all parties involved?
  • How should the problem of shoplifting be handled, in your opinion?

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Description: Microsoft informed employees this week that they will have more flexibility to work from home, even after it’s safe to return to offices, a company spokesperson told CNBC Friday.

Source: CNBC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/09/microsoft-implements-new-hybrid-remote-work-policy.html

Questions for discussion:

  • How would you suggest management at Microsoft monitor employee output and other metrics of performance?
  • Do you think this is a short term phenomenon or something likely to be permanent at the firm?

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Description: Nearly half of employees don’t feel like they’re getting enough training, coaching, or mentoring to advance their careers.

Source: INC.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/new-study-how-covid-19-is-derailing-your-employees-career-growth-and-what-to-do-next.html?utm_source=incthismorning

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the report say about the gap between what employees want and what they feel they are getting?
  • What should employers be doing about this, given the current work environment?

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Description: Businesses accused of “overtly racist actions” from customers may soon see a warning on their Yelp page. The crowd-sourced review platform said it will allow customers to flag racist behavior, and it will place an alert on an establishment’s page when it “gains public attention for reports of racist conduct, such as using racist language or symbols.” A link to a news article explaining the business’ problematic behavior will be included in the message.

Source: CNN.com

Date: Oct 09, 2020

Link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/09/business/yelp-consumer-racism-alert-trnd/index.html

Questions for discussion:

  • What are the ethical and social responsibility implications for Yelp, as it introduces this feature?
  • Do you think it is a good idea?
  • What could go wrong?

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Description: Over the span of more than two-and-a-half years working on live events and music projects at Canada’s largest bank, Amara Nwogu’s dream job turned into a burden she says she could no longer bear.

Source: BNNBloomberg.com – video report

Date: Oct 05, 2020

Link: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/first-hand-accounts-of-what-racism-looks-like-in-corporate-canada-1.1501573

Questions for discussion:

  • What does the article say about racism in corporate Canada?
  • What should HR managers be taking away from this report?
  • How can the problem be mitigated, in your opinion?