the plague

a tale of two companies

I want to highlight two very different approaches by employers that were described in the comments on one of last week’s letters. The first: My friend just texted me and her office is doing “pants and shoes checks” before Zoom meetings to make sure people are complying with the dress code 100% even if you […]

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our office nurse thinks Covid is a hoax

A reader writes: I work in an education-related nonprofit. There are plenty of dysfunctional things that happen at our place of business, but I cannot figure out how to approach this. We have a nurse who comes in once a week to maintain immunization records and make sure we have good processes for medication administration […]

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my boss’s kids are incredibly distracting on video calls

A reader writes: My job went to 100% remote so I’ve been reporting to my manager virtually for the past few months. She has three kids, all under five years old. Sometimes all of them are home and sometimes it’s just one. At first, the kids popping up were cute in our video calls. Now […]

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how is your company supporting employees with kids right now?

It’s the Thursday “ask the readers” question. A reader writes: In this time of Covid and virtual school, what are your readers’ companies doing, if anything, to help with childcare issues? I work in HR at a manufacturing facility and our production workers are essential. We are trying to come up with creative ways to […]

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am I in the wrong about my employee’s COVID exposure?

A reader writes: My husband and I own a micro-business and have 1.5 post-Covid employees. Our full-time employee reported a possible exposure last week. He is considered essential so we reinforced precautions based on CDC recommendations for those who have unconfirmed exposure. The person he was exposed to was his girlfriend. The next day after […]

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