The new coronavirus is a public health wake-up call for all business leaders. Companies must make public health an integral strategic component across every facet of their organizations.
The ongoing pandemic has laid bare to the business community that a healthy enterprise depends on having healthy workers and healthy customers. It’s true whether you’re a restaurant, a major retailer, a corner store or a Fortune 500 company.
Currently, the attention to combat Covid-19 in the workplace has centered on how to adapt, including the tangible steps leaders must take to protect their workspaces, such as staggering shifts, spacing out desks, mandating masks, and stocking up on hand sanitizer. All these precautions are appropriate and necessary. But the truth is, they are insufficient.
If businesses want to succeed in a world with Covid-19, or in the face of another pandemic, and meet their responsibilities to both employees and consumers — they