If you are reading this note we are in a world starkly different than just a few short month’s ago.
Most likely you’re now working from home, juggling more responsibilities, scared by the uncertainty and forcing yourself to not check the news every five minutes. I know I am.
We’ve experienced the stress hourly workers are confronting each day, read the reports of many employees being furloughed, and became exasperated by the stalled legislation and partisan sniping in D.C. And, quite frankly, we have not seen nearly enough leadership from the business community.
To be fair, none of us were prepared for the disruption to our daily lives and how we conduct business.
To that end, I recommend bookmarking this article
from MIT Sloan Management Review. Researchers from MIT’s Sloan School of Management examined how businesses responded in China as the outbreak spread rapidly there, sharing what worked and what didn’t. Among their advice, the researchers said managers and business leaders can start being a force of compassion by doing these three things:
- Reach out to nonprofits and community organizations in the areas where your business operates. “Corporate generosity has a much larger impact when it is provided directly to a local community,” the researchers observed. And as fundraising events are canceled, the boost in money and resources is appreciated.
- Encourage your employees to volunteer — granted, that’s a tough task with social distancing, but there’s work that can be done remotely. “Employees who have the option to participate in corporate volunteer programs are more likely to participate repeatedly,” the researchers noted.
The Ideal Location teams know there is still a lot of important work going on within the environmental space— and issues like climate change, water scarcity, circularity, human rights and gender equity remain relevant. At the same time, we’re sensitive to the world we’re now living in and are determined to help more non for profits
It is becoming ever more important to recognize and support organizations around food security.