It seems strange to launch a column on happiness during a pandemic. The timing is, well, awkward, isn’t it? Maybe not. We’re stuck at home; our lives on COVID time have slowed to a near halt. This creates all sorts of obvious inconveniences, of course. But in the involuntary quiet, many of us also sense an opportunity to think a little more deeply about life. In our go-go-go world, we rarely get the chance to stop and consider the big drivers of our happiness and our sense of purpose.
Read more: The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic
Disney+ now has more than 50 million subscribers, after the service launched in India and Western Europe and as more people are inside because of coronavirus.
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Six Amazon workers told CNBC they’ve received partial pay or no pay at all while they’re in quarantine due to the coronavirus.
Read more: ‘Amazon is not taking care of us’: Warehouse workers say they’re struggling to get paid despite sick leave policy
Youngme Moon, Felix Oberholzer-Gee, and Mihir Desai discuss companies that are standing out during the coronavirus crisis, including Zoom and World Central Kitchen (founded by Chef José Andrés). They also discuss breakout phenomena associated with the widespread shutdown.
Read more: Standout Companies and Breakout Phenomena
One of the key elements of success in the switch to online learning due to the coronavirus has been the role of our volunteer Online Learning Facilitators (OLFs). OLFs manage and host the Zoom platform for each class, manage class participation traffic, share documents and videos with students, set up and monitor breakout rooms as necessary, and provide support to the faculty to ensure the discussions flow smoothly. In the space of 10 days, the team of OLFs had to be identified, scheduled, trained, and ready to go when students returned from spring break on March 23. We sat down with Associate Director of MBA Student and Academic Services Janelle Mills, who manages the OLF team and is an OLF for two seminars herself, to ask about how it is going.
Read more: Managing Through Crisis: The Critical Role of Online Learning Facilitators—a Q+A with Janelle Mills
Research presents a bit of a mixed bag in terms of the outcomes associated with remote work. For example, Prithwiraj Choudhury, an associate professor at the Harvard Business School, found in his research that having employees working remotely can, “increase employee productivity, reduce turnover, and lower organizational costs.” In his research, which was conducted across 24 months with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), he found a 4.4% increase in productivity when employees were able to work from the location of their choice.
Read more: How To Work From Home And Still Be Productive
I’m working with John Macomber from the Harvard Business School on a book that comes out this month where we address this exact question. We have been exploring how we can be more creative about de-densifying our buildings. So, you could go to alternate day strategies, extend the length of the day, have people work in shifts where you have some overlap but don’t have everybody there at the same time.
Read more: How masks and buildings can be barriers to the coronavirus