Tracking the Virus
As updates on COVID-19 itself are coming in constantly, these resources will help you stay on top of breaking news.
- Stay up-to-date with the very latest coronavirus news directly from the World Health Organization.
- The CDC has advice on how to protect yourself and what to do if you think you may be infected.
- Track live updates on confirmed COVID-19 cases around the globe with this heat-map from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering.
- You keep hearing about flattening the curve. This article by Washington Post simulates how the virus spreads.
Impacts on the Construction Industry
There is no doubt Coronavirus will leave a lasting impact on the construction industry. Here are some news pieces to keep you updated.
- Boston is the first major city to halt all construction projects. Construction Dive has more.
- Organizations such as AGC (Associated General Contractors), ABC (Associated Builders and Contractors) and CFMA (Construction Financial Management Association) have put together resource centers to help their members.
Thriving During a (Potential) Recession
A recession may be looming, but there is no need to panic. Business can and have survived tough economic times.
- We will rebuild! The Harvard Business Review outlines how to not just survive a recession — but also how to thrive in the aftermath.
Resources for Employees
Employees are the heartbeat of your business. As the working-world changes, they likely need extra support. We’ve put together some tips and resources to share with them.
Tips for WFH Productivity:
- Make space. Define a space, dedicated to work that is comfortable and clutter-free
- Schedule it out. Set a schedule and stick to it. Know your meeting schedule at the beginning of the day and make sure all meetings have conference call information included.
- Focus, focus, focus. Don't let personal distractions derail your work. Treat the work you do at home just as you would in the office.
- Chat away. Use chat or IM to communicate with colleagues, but be patient as they may need time to reply.
- Take breaks. A mental break will allow you to clear your head and come back and be more productive.
- Turn video on. Use your video in all virtual meetings. It helps to connect you with others.
- IT Support. Make sure that you know how to contact IT for support if needed.
- Stay healthy. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food.
Additional Resources for Employees:
- How to ace remote work from LinkedIn has a running list of advice from workers all over the world.
- LifeLabs has an actionable guide to help make working from home a success.
- If you have children, read this article on making your home/work space work for both you and your kids.
Resources for Owners/Managers
As an owner/manager, your employees’ well-being is of high priority. Here are some tips and resources for how to support your teams during this unprecedented time.
Tips for Business Owners:
- Communicate, communicate, communicate. Commit to a consistent communication cadence to employees, including emails from leadership and live Q&A sessions. Create a chat channel specifically for communications to employees.
- Be flexible. Understand that there may be a need for parents to adjust their schedules due to childcare. If possible, be flexible with hours and expectations. If need be, shift their responsibilities to other roles in the short-term. As a company, consider offering a stipend for childcare, or additional PTO while children are home.
- Create a task force. Put together a team that can respond to new information quickly and meet with them often. The team would be responsible for updating internal and external communications and taking any action that is warranted.
- Stay calm. As a leader, employees are looking to you to set an example. Use your words and demeanor to send a message that everything will be okay. Use neutral language that doesn’t cause fear, such as “abundance of caution”, “thoughtful”, “precautionary” and “proactive”.
Tips For Managers:
- One-on-ones. Schedule regular virtual one-on-one meetings with each employee, potentially on a more frequent cadence than usual. Provide support, reassurance and ask your employees how you can set them up for success.
- Team check-ins. Hold daily or weekly status check-ins with your team for shared accountability. This can also give a sense of certainty and progress.
- Turn video on. Normalize a cameras-on practice for video calls. Needing to work remotely can lead to feelings of isolation, and being able to see team members, even just virtually, can be a positive step toward creating a sense of connection.
- Know the IT support number. Make sure that you know how to contact IT for support if needed, and relay this information to your team.
- Set clear expectations. Clarify necessary outcomes for your team members (e.g., goals, “definitions of done”) so the focus is on what needs to get done rather than how many hours someone works.
Additional Resources for Owners/Managers:
- LifeLabs Learning gathered intel from 650+ HR leaders from different companies to share ideas, policies and templates with you. Get them here.
- Meetings are still an important part of business, even in a remote situation. Here are tips to keep meetings productive and on-topic.
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