As workplaces reopen, addressing our employees’ well-being is as important as implementing safety protocols.
Not acknowledging months in isolation, the loss of friends or family, fears of a resurgence, feelings exposed by the murder of George Floyd and other Black
Americans, is about as big a mistake as managers could make right now.
Psychological research indicates that, when under stress, our brains do not respond nimbly and creatively. When that happens, work does not happen well.
Please join us at 1 p.m. today
for a discussion lead by William James College about how to welcome your people back into the workplace by finding ways to address the feelings they'll
be bringing with them.
Use the front door and pay up!
After nearly four months of free rides, Green Line and MBTA bus riders will be required to enter through the front doors, instead of the back doors, which
also means everyone will need to start paying again.
The rear-door policy was adopted at above-ground Green Line stops and on buses to enable social distancing between drivers and riders. The T has since
installed separation barriers. Globe story is here
In other transportation news, the state Senate begins debating a bond bill today that is quickly being loaded up with amendments to make up for leadership’s
decision to kick the transportation crisis can down the road.
That may sound OK to some now that the roads aren’t particularly congested and we haven't had a recent derailment. But we all know that kicked can is going
to get crushed if we don't do anything. CommonWealth has a good recap
Arts nonprofits get battered by shut down
Cultural nonprofits in Massachusetts have lost $425 million in revenue from COVID cancellations and closures. And it will cost them another $117 million
to cover cleaning, PPE and other reopening costs, representatives of the Massachusetts Cultural Council told lawmakers Wednesday
Cultural nonprofits estimate that it will take on average two years (and in some cases, up to five years) to recover their programming and financials back
to pre-COVID levels.
And it will take additional time for the public to feel that it is safe to come together in groups to participate in cultural programming.
"Without immediate action, organizations will shutter and artists who are at the heart of our sector will leave Massachusetts," said MassCreative director
Emily Ruddock. MassLive story here
SBA Advance program out of funds
“It’s a feeding frenzy,” said [a] person with knowledge of the program. “A lot of these [loans] are going through with little or no due diligence.”
More than one thing can be true at the same time. Perhaps they ran out of money after loaning part of it to the wrong people.
EIDL Advance provided $1,000 per employee up to a maximum of $10,000. Recipients did not have to be approved for a loan to receive the Advance, and the
Advance provided an interim but vital source of funds while applicants awaited a decision on their loan application.
Garden City seeks gardeners
The City of Newton has a large number of outdoor flower pots that could be used to brighten outdoor seating areas for local restaurants. All they need
are flowers and volunteers to plant them. To help, email City Councilor Alicia Bowman
who is spearheading
this volunteer effort. Green thumbs optional.
Larson Center program
The program will include perspectives ranging from individual journeys of self-discovery to allies who will share their experiences and explore inclusive
policies and practices that organizations can adopt.
Filed by state Reps. Mindy Domb and Jon Santiago (an ER room doc
HD.5181 seeks to make face mask wearing mandatory in any indoor or outdoor public setting, including in elevators; healthcare setting, while using
public transportation (including taxi and ride-shares).
Outdoor masks would be mandatory in public parks, streets, sidewalks or recreation areas when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained.
It also includes a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all visitors from a state with a COVID-19 five percent test positivity rate or higher (violators subject
to $1,000 fine). And it calls for the creation of a “plan for proactive enforcement of the governor’s mandatory safety standards for workplaces."
CommonWealth’s Sara Betancourt has more details, including the answer to a question I asked yesterday
Have there been any fines for not wearing a face mask issued anywhere in Massachusetts?
See you at our zoominar at 1 p.m.?
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber