There are some positive changes in human behavior accelerated by this current health crisis. One is easily being able to identify what a 6-foot distance looks like – or the measurements used in Canada (one hockey stick length) and in Florida (one alligator length). Another is the realization that video meetings really do have an intangible benefit of subconsciously creating a human connection among participants.
In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold!
It was only a matter of time. Fresh off their latest exploits at trying to phish for sensitive financial account information, scammers have set their sights on people’s actual jobs. With jobless claims now topping 30 million and the unemployment rate headed for new highs, cyber criminals now have fertile ground for a brazen new scam.
It wasn’t too long ago when the term “acclimated” did not mean you were adjusted to high altitude at your favorite rocky mountain ski resort. In the mid-1800’s, it meant you had survived a bout of yellow fever (which had a 50% kill rate) and were now immune.
We thought we would share some work-from-home tech tips recorded by readers of Tech Essentials in the spirit of today’s crisis mindset, which is bringing out the best of people – businesses helping businesses and friends helping friends.
The Government is Dropping Money from Helicopters.
And every American business is trying to catch some of it, any of it, and fast. Surely there won’t be enough to support payroll for every small business in America for 2-3 months. What then? Two trillion dollars sounds like a lot — but much of it is to support big brands and big business.
Many of us are getting a bit paranoid with this virus – is it everywhere, does it waft in from the air and land in our hair, or is it nowhere near? Convinced that anti-bacterial dish soap will kill the virus in hair better than shampoo (even though a virus is not bacteria) we try. Maybe it does work better? Why not try it if it may help protect us?
Last week everything was as fancy as an iPhone 11. Being on a business conference call with the sounds of a baby happily chirping in the background was distracting. Those good old days (back in February) when anything less than elegance or perfection was disturbing.
Like you, our business team is hunkering down, working in their offices with closed doors or safely from home.
This coronavirus looks like it is going to be very serious. After all, the last coronavirus pandemic (2009 H1N1) infected 1 in 5 people worldwide.
The company travel agent, Leah, sometimes gets some really insightful inside information about her client company – sent to her accidentally. Fortunately, she is a trusted outside contractor and politely replies to her client, “I think you did not intend to send this to me.”