Johns Hopkins University: New documents show McKinsey’s role in fueling opioid epidemic

Johns Hopkins University: New documents show McKinsey’s role in fueling opioid epidemic. “The Opioid Industry Documents Archive, a project of Johns Hopkins University and the University of California, San Francisco, today released more than 114,000 documents related to McKinsey & Company’s work as a management consulting firm for the opioid industry over a 15-year period. The documents show how McKinsey advised opioid makers Purdue Pharma, Endo Pharmaceuticals, Johnson & Johnson, and Mallinckrodt to help them increase sales, despite the growing public outcry over the opioid epidemic.”

Los Angeles Times: Workplaces are filling up with employees who have COVID

Los Angeles Times: Workplaces are filling up with employees who have COVID. “Maria Bernal, an employee at a Jack in the Box in Folsom, Calif., couldn’t read the orders popping up on her screen. Her vision was blurry, her hands shook from chills and her head felt heavy. A pharmacist told her she probably had COVID-19. When she told her boss, the manager told Bernal to keep working. ‘Don’t worry, everyone has it, you can still work. Just wear a mask and don’t tell anyone,’ the manager said, according to a Jan. 14 complaint Bernal filed with Sacramento County’s public health department.”

Harvard Business Review: How to Get People to Speak Up in Virtual Meetings

Harvard Business Review: How to Get People to Speak Up in Virtual Meetings. ” How do you ask for ideas or feedback during a virtual meeting in a way that returns valuable answers (and not just from the usual extroverts)? Based on my experience leading meetings, working with meeting leaders, and exploring ways to improve virtual meeting effectiveness, below are eight tactics to get responses from even the most mute-happy meeting members.”

Harvard Business School: Managers, Your Employees Don’t Want to Be Facebook ‘Friends’

Harvard Business School: Managers, Your Employees Don’t Want to Be Facebook ‘Friends’. “It can be challenging to navigate the boundaries between our workplace and personal lives, causing us to weigh whether to bring a plus-one to the office party or keep a family photo on our desk. But social media adds a whole new level of complexity, and today many employees are hesitant to ‘friend’ ​colleagues and managers online, fearing that the connection could come with career risks, according to a recent study in the Academy of Management Journal.”

The Register: 3 ways ‘algorithmic management’ makes work more stressful and less satisfying

The Register: 3 ways ‘algorithmic management’ makes work more stressful and less satisfying. “If you think your manager treats you unfairly, the thought might have crossed your mind that replacing said boss with an unbiased machine that rewards performance based on objective data is a path to workplace happiness. But as appealing as that may sound, you’d be wrong. Our review of 45 studies on machines as managers shows we hate being slaves to algorithms (perhaps even more than we hate being slaves to annoying people).”

Phys .org: Lead with empathy during the COVID-19 crisis

Phys .org: Lead with empathy during the COVID-19 crisis. “During the COVID-19 crisis, leaders are performing their typical roles under the additional stress of workforce instability and escalated safety and health risks, while also managing their own mounting work-life challenges and staying informed about rapidly changing policies. And, with an increased prevalence of mental health issues experienced by workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, supervisors and managers have been called upon to recognize when their employees may need additional psychological help as well.”

Google’s Executives Visible, Not Approachable

From Business Pundit: Google’s Top Execs Are Always Visible But Almost Never Approachable. “If you work at Google headquarters or you just happen to be visiting, there is a very good chance you will bump into Larry Page, Sergey Brin, or Google CEO Sundar Pichai. There is also a very good chance that without a meeting at their Mountain View campus, you will not have the chance to meet them face-to-face for an open dialogue.”