We are here to always provide lift to the people function, so in times like these, we thought we would save you time and effort by compiling the most helpful information about compassionately handling the coronavirus outbreak at work. Here’s what you need to know:

Harvard Business Review: Lead Your Business Through the Coronavirus Crisis

This article includes practical insights and recommendations for leading and managing your business through coronavirus to mitigate disruptions and prepare your business and people. Through 12 actionable steps you can stay prepared and informed as a business leader.

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP: What does coronavirus mean for employers?

Offering an employment law perspective, this guide provides managing coronavirus on an employee relations level. Gain insights on best practices for sick leave polices, what the coronavirus outbreak means for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and mitigating the spread of the virus in the workplace.

SHRM: Coronavirus Information & FAQs

SHRM’s perspective on how employers can and should that includes employee travel restrictions and policy implications, including FMLA, OSHA, ADA, etc.

CDC: Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

In this FAQ guide, gather all of the information you’ll need to respond to frequently asked questions including symptoms and testing information, travel guidelines, and how to protect yourself.

KFF: Global Health Policy COVID-19 Coronavirus Tracker

This live map provides a live track of current cases globally.


This is an opportunity for employers to show their people that they care about them and their families by treating them with compassion and understanding. Give them the tools they need to do their jobs well and you will not only have done the right thing but reinforced to employees that they’re in the right place. Here are some practical tips:

  • Encourage anyone who is ill to work from home and/or avoid the office
  • Make it easy to keep surfaces and hands clean by placing sanitizers everywhere
  • Limit and/or pause travel
  • Reconsider events that pull together large populations of people
  • Ensure anyone who is high-risk has a direct line to resources and services to protect their health
  • Provide regular communications and updates about what you’re doing to keep people safe and offer resources

All of the above will show with actions, not just words, that you truly do care about your people and your business.

We leave you with a few helpful links from the livingHR blog for embracing flexibility and leading remote teams effectively: