T@W Weekly: Coronavirus and Remote Work Resources

An exclusive note for T@W readers and a resource compilation

A T@W Note: WTW and Aon

Normally, the purchase of Willis Towers Watson by Aon, $30 billion in the making, would receive top billing. This is obviously not a normal week.

That said, here are a few brief thoughts on the latest big consolidation.

The financial and consulting firms both reach into HR in differing ways. Willis Towers Watson’s depth surpasses Aon’s on the HR side, but benefits and retirement is definitely an important part of Aon’s business.

Willis Towers Watson also has some under-appreciated technology assets that serve HR leaders. It’s hard to tell if that business eventually spins out of the new conglomerate or not.

More information to come, I’m sure. But you know what the focus of this week’s newsletter will be.

Coronavirus Consumes HR

As it turns out, COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) isn't going away on its own. As many schools, universities, and workplaces transition to either weeks off or working or learning from home in the U.S., it has tested the resolve and preparedness of HR leaders across the nation. In countries like Italy, the conditions are even more severe, grinding activity to a virtual halt.

Companies in travel, tourism, and hospitality are obviously feeling the pinch in extreme ways, with massive cancellations and disruptions. Healthcare and the public sector are feeling a different kind of disruption as they gear up for what could be a very long spring. The stock markets have also spoken their piece about the uncertainty.

Two weeks ago, which admittedly feels like an eternity, we gave some guidance in this very column about considerations every organization should be thinking about. That's a good starting point, but the situation has clearly evolved. In many states and localities, government officials are asking those who can work from home to do so and to limit gathering sizes at both work and public and private events. Like hundreds of other conferences and meetings, events focused on HR and recruiting, like SourceCon (run by TLNT's parent company ERE Media) and UNLEASH Spring, have moved to digital or are postponing or canceling.

This time of year, we get inundated with comical stories about how NCAA basketball's March Madness will negatively affect businesses. Now, a real March madness is upon organizations, and people are already feeling the real impact of the pandemic.

Nobody said HR was for the faint of heart.

Amplify Talent founder Lars Schmidt's shared Google Document crowdsourcing information about the COVID-19 response has been immensely helpful for HR leaders and companies wanting to understand exactly how other organizations are reacting to the pandemic. For example, at the time of this writing, it has 17 COVID-19 response plans publicly shared from companies like ADP, Lattice, and Duolingo. The document is, in fact, so busy that it's sometimes difficult to access.

We'll continue to dedicate a portion of our coverage to COVID-19. In today's quick hits, I'll be covering an exhaustive list of Coronavirus and remote work articles from all over the web.

Coronavirus Resources

  • World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated page on Coronavirus [WHO]

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) dedicated page on Coronavirus [CDC]

  • Find your state health department for local information [CDC]

  • Johns Hopkins Coronavirus resource center [JHU]

  • HIPAA privacy and Novel Coronavirus [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services]

  • COVID-19 and OSHA resource page [U.S. Department of Labor]

  • FLSA and COVID-19 guidance [Ogletree Deakins]

  • CIPD Coronavirus resource hub [CIPD]

  • Coronavirus vs. the flu [Johns Hopkins Medicine]

  • Coronavirus and the workplace: What employers need to know [The National Law Review]

  • How HR leaders are preparing for Coronavirus [Fast Company]

  • 8 questions employers should ask about Coronavirus [HBR]

  • Lead your business through the Coronavirus crisis [HBR]

  • Coronavirus: 3 things you can do to prepare your organization for the unexpected [TLNT]

  • Employer's Coronavirus checklist [HR Examiner]

  • COVID-19 PSA for startups [Elad Gil]

  • Coronavirus information and FAQs [SHRM]

  • COVID-19: Implications for business [McKinsey]

  • Keeping strong communications in place in times of crisis [TLNT]

Remote Work Resources

  • HR considerations for remote employees [GMS]

  • Working from home: How Coronavirus could affect the workplace [The New York Times]

  • Resources for companies embracing remote work [GitLab]

  • Amid Coronavirus fears, how to support new remote workers [exaqueo]

  • Transitioning from offices to distributed teams during a crisis [John O'Duinn]

  • Course: Best practices for working remotely [Udemy]

  • 8 strategies to set up remote work during the Coronavirus outbreak [Fast Company]

  • Tips for work from home newbies [Zoom]

  • The ultimate guide for running a remote team [Zapier]

  • Hiring remote employees [Insperity]

  • How to engage the remote workforce [HR Exchange Network]

  • Hundreds of articles on managing remote work [TLNT]

Be safe out there.

Cheers, Lance