Why this NYC comic is using his time in isolation to take calls from strangers

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Quarantime is a free hotline designed to help you out of your creative rut. Layoffs have been happening across all industries as COVID-19 forces business to close and people to isolate at home. Work for freelance creatives, which is inherently tenuous, has dried up too. So with all the new hours to fill in a day, some people are using the time to fight the woes of isolation in unconventional ways. Read Full Story

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6 female executives on the lifestyle changes they’ll keep post-pandemic

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Six leaders tell us what changes they plan to keep up—even after COVID-19 quarantine ends. Whether it’s our daily routine, our team’s structure, or our ability to remain productive outside of the office, the pandemic has fundamentally transformed many aspects of our lives. And while many of these changes have been negative—including layoffs, business closures, illness, and lack of childcare—some people have implemented positive lifestyle changes, too. Read Full Story

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The biggest mistake you can make in a crisis? Letting go of young team members

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Many managers argue young hires aren’t worth the effort and expense to keep during the pandemic. Here’s why they’re so wrong. Arguably no group has felt the brunt of layoffs, lockdown-induced closures, and hiring freezes in the past six months more than young workers . An International Labour Organization report found that one in six people under 24 had stopped working since March, with those still employed taking a 23% cut to their work hours. Job prospects for recent grads look grim too, with entry-level postings falling by more than 70% on popular job sites like ZipRecruiter. Read Full Story

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This is what a compassionate layoff looks like

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Layoffs are awful. But there are best practices for handling them with an eye toward sensitivity and inclusion. Twenty million. That staggering figure is the number of jobs lost in April alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics . Economists are calling it the worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression. Read Full Story

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How to explain résumé gaps after a layoff

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There’s no need to feel embarrassed or—worse—mislead hirers with false information because of 2020 hiatuses on your résumé. Unemployment has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 layoffs began earlier this year. With so many layoffs and furloughs, a common question we are asked during my company’s résumé-writing calls is, “How do I explain a COVID-19 related layoff on my résumé?” You don’t want to look like you were fired. The reality is, you were most likely laid off for reasons entirely out of your control . Read Full Story

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Why pay equity should be top of mind during mass layoffs

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The CEO of Syndio explains how layoffs done wrong will only compound the problems in business, and in our society. As the COVID-19 pandemic has settled in across the globe, leaders at companies large and small have watched their business sharply plummet. Many are in the throes of swiftly acting to manage costs and either considering or enacting layoffs, usually as a last resort to keep a company solvent. Read Full Story

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