Employers may be comforted by the news that some workers have sought to improve their focus and change management capabilities, among other skills, in response to the pandemic. After all, employers and other stakeholders had a similar reaction; Training initiatives were among the earlier responses to the novel coronavirus. Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order in late March that allowed for greater flexibility to train workers online for critical jobs “such as medical assisting and pharmaceutical technicians.” And as employer after employer sent workers home to telework, organizations like CompTIA made related e-learning courses free.
Along with hand-washing, disinfecting, and social distancing, Zoom has become part of life for many during the pandemic. However, the initial thrill of seeing distant colleagues on video conferences has given way to fatigue, anxiety, and distraction as we struggle to stay engaged.