Recommended (non-TMC) COVID-19 Resources
Check back here for regular updates on helpful external reads and resources we’ve come across during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Newsletter – May 20, 2020
As states are lifting restrictions, are you wondering how to handle a potential reopening? Here are some resources:
- For questions leaders should ask themselves to prepare for reopening, check out Checklists for Reopening Business After COVID-19.
- For an example of a nonprofit’s reopening plan and some helpful tips: A Denver Nonprofit Shares Details of Its Phased Reopening Plan.
- To get an overview of the CDC guidelines in plain English, read Coronavirus Return To Work Guidelines, Checklist Included.
Newsletter – May 6, 2020
This week, we’re bringing you a resource round-up on grief. Here are some readings on how to cope personally, how to support a colleague experiencing it, and what to do if you lose someone on your team:
- Helping Employees Cope with Unexpected Death — This resource from the Society for Human Resource Management includes a helpful crisis communication technique and offers an important distinction between grief and trauma, among other things.
- When a Colleague is Grieving — This article shares advice for managers to support their staff through the three phases of mourning.
- Serious Illness, Death and Grieving in the Workplace — This Stanford resource offers quick, actionable, bite-sized advice for managers and staff to cope with illness and death in the workplace.
- While grief is often associated with death, many of us are experiencing grief for a number of reasons due to the pandemic. Read Understanding Grief in the Age of the COVID-19 Pandemic to learn about the types of losses that might trigger grief. If you’re interested in identifying and coping with anticipatory grief, check out How ‘Anticipatory Grief’ May Show Up During the COVID-19 Outbreak.
Newsletter – April 23, 2020
- How to Lead When You’re Afraid — This article includes concrete, actionable tips for showing up as a leader. Here are a few favorites: do a self-check-in, create spaciousness by reprioritizing (more on that here!), and communicate in three categories (what you know for sure, what you predict, what you’re uncertain about).
- People Leader Resilience Playbook: How to lead in the midst of uncertainty — This resource has great advice about mental and emotional health. Some highlights:
ideas for building resilience at the team level, tips for anxiety reduction for individuals, and an “Emotion Audit and Coping Plan” chart.
- How to Build a “Psychological First Aid Kit” — Yes, we found management advice in a magazine for outdoor recreationists. Here are some ideas we found helpful: reflecting on the principles of the “psychological first aid kit” (“safety, calm, connection, efficacy, and hope”) and weaving those into your management, and helping others as the antidote to scarcity and fear.
- Weathering the Emotional Storms of a Crisis — A Tactical Guide for Individual Contributors and Managers — This read (with comics!) about emotional self-care includes advice for individuals to work through emotions, and tactical tips for managers such as fostering team connection while giving people space, reducing anxiety in communicating with your team, and navigating stress associated with re-orienting your work.
Newsletter – April 7, 2020
- This People Leader Resilience Playbook is chock full of tips, including a section on resilience and anxiety reduction and one on making difficult decisions (like layoffs and pay cuts).
- Our friends at Promise54 got real about being radically human, protecting their financial sustainability, and interrupting white dominant culture habits in their decision-making in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The folks at the Fakequity blog shared 33 questions (with racial equity implications) for prepping for the next disaster. You can also treat these as reflection questions for how you’re handling this current one.
Newsletter – March 30, 2020
- About that stimulus bill…
- This thoughtfully curated list of racial equity tools and resources related to COVID-19 is a gift for social justice leaders and activists.
- As you’re navigating new modes and cadences of communication, it’s important to set and get aligned on expectations. Check out this helpful resource from our friends at Information Ecology.
- With so much uncertainty about the future, funders are in a unique position to provide some stability in the storm. Check out My Favorite Funder Responses So Far To COVID-19.
- Here are two resources to help you and your staff sort through the emotional and mental toll of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Newsletter – March 23, 2020
- People First: Wikimedia’s Response to COVID-19 is a must-read for values-driven leaders.
- Worried about the financial impact of the pandemic on your organization? We found this advice helpful (though it’s geared towards the private sector): The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs
- If you’re wondering about how to keep your staff safe without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act, check out Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act (this is a bit of a beast, but make sure to read the bolded text!)
- Many of us are having to shift our programs, strategies, and tactics to account for social distancing. For the organizers among us, here are some ideas:
Newsletter – March 13, 2020
- On preparing your workplace
- Coronavirus Could Force Teams to Work Remotely (we particularly like the section on normalizing new work environments)
- Going Remote Overnight: Preparing for the Coronavirus
- 6 Tips For Managing Remote Employees: How To Maintain Productivity And Engagement
- These 5 Tech Companies Are Providing Free Remote Working Tools During The Coronavirus Outbreak
- For managers in the education sector
- For coping with stress
- On how people with disabilities are being impacted
- And, a reminder that infection is only one thing that’s scary about this outbreak: When Xenophobia Spreads Like a Virus
- Bonus (because who doesn’t need a bit of levity during tough times?): How to Work From Home Most Chaotically