We’re all certainly washing and distancing these days, but some of us are also ideating. When things look grim, we need people to think of ways to make life better, and as it turns out, there’s a lot of thinking going on in this coronavirus pandemic.
We thought it would be a great idea to have a regularly-updated blog that shares some of these great ideas – and ask you to share yours too! Please use the hashtag #CoronavirusSuggestionBox on our social channels and we’ll add your ideas to this post. Keep checking back for new ideas.
Week of March April 6-10
Trying to find a job during these trying times? Forbes has some ways you can hunt effectively.
CNN launched an easy to navigate guide that points your philanthropy in the direction you want it to go. There are also plenty of resources for coping included.
Facebook is updating its Community Help feature to connect helpers with those in need.
When can you get financial help? Vox’s CARES Act guide navigates readers through the confusing network of unemployment benefits, stimulus checks and loans that are becoming available under the new legislation.
Vox also has some great advice for people trying to get reluctant elderly parents to adopt social distancing.
Working, Helping and Coping
This Paul Simon parodyby our own Paul Mastrangelo covers all of the bases – give a listen!
Week of March 30-April 3
CultureIQ has launched a Remote Work Guidance Center to help organizations support and engage their workforce during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve kicked things off with an e-guide on handing pressure, remote-work strategies, and best practices for onboarding remote employees, and we’ll add more resources in the coming weeks.
The Today show has some good tips from therapists on setting boundaries between work and home when you’re working from home.
CO, the publication of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, is offering 7 tips on how to improve company culture remotely.
If you or your employees have to be physically present to work, OSHA has guidelines to help them stay safe.
Don’t really need that stimulus check? Consider donating it, says The New York Times, who provides a long list of worthy charities who might need it more than you.
Many resources across the country are popping up to help elderly and disabled people get the food and medicines they need while in isolation. There are ways to help from the NY metro area to the Midwest to the California coast. And giving a hand can be as easy as calling or leaving a note for a neighbor to ask if they need anything.
Buzzfeed gets personal with some advice on helping friends and loved ones who have the coronavirus.
Fight globally by donating to UNICEF, so it can help people who have the most limited resources to battle coronavirus.
An inspiring New York City doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak explains clearly and reassuringly what people need to do to protect themselves in this video.
This Harvard Business Review has an amazing Q&A with grief expert David Kessler, on what’s really unsettling us about this pandemic.
This adorable Facebook video series combines comedy with good coronavirus advice – from an expert called Pluto. Relax and let this dog lead you.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill has a strong list of coping strategies to ease pandemic anxiety and fear.
Who says wolverines can’t calm you down? The University of Michigan has gathered some great relaxation videos.
Week of March 23-27
Some good news about working from home from USA Today: If you’re remote, you’ll probably be saving money.
Silicon Republic has unearthed a fabulous crowdsourced remote work survival kit – created by more than 100 volunteers from around the world, and its full of updatable best practices, productivity-enhancing tips and other useful stuff.
It’s vital that companies keep a finger on the pulse of their scattered and stressed workforce, so we’ve just released our Coronavirus Business Resilience Survey package to help them – you can find it on the CultureIQ platform if you are a customer, and there’s also a free downloadable version for non-customers.
HR.com has created a helpful chatbot and comprehensive guide (further down on the linked page) to answer HR leaders’ questions on coronavirus travel policies, remote-work guides, leadership responsibilities and legal issues.
The BBC gives us a lot of inspiration from Italy on how communities, and a country, can unite and find ways to celebrate even under COVID-19’s shadow.
Fight those feelings of helplessness by joining or creating a mutual aid group in your community – The New York Times has the lowdown on how to do it.
NPR has some great suggestions on charitable giving that include starting in your own back yard, and avoiding scams.
The New York Times lists many ways you can assist charities, doctors, children and individuals coping with COVID-19.
Fight coronavirus falsehoods by sharing these myth-busting tidbits from the the World Health Organization.
Take two apps and text me: Increasingly, people are turning to tech to help them ease anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. Vox tells you about a few ways to soothe yourself digitally.
No Kid Hungry, Save the Children and a bunch of celebrities are helping kids learn with a free reading series offered on Instagram, called #SAVEWITHSTORIES.
Clean therapy: Wired has a good guide on how to disinfect practically everything – and some skin care tips to follow after all that disinfecting.
Get kids in the game: Microsoft is offering free educational lessons on Minecraft for those trying to tame restless remote kids.
There’s an effort on in our company to find our centers in this chaotic world, so we thought we’d suggest you do the same – Ten Percent Happier is offering coronavirus sanity tools, including free guided meditation every day. Namaste.
Some great suggestions and guidance from Harvard Health on what to do about doctors’ appointments and how to take care of yourself and your family.
There’s a party going on right here: At #ClubQuarantine on Instagram (and in Twitter posts everywhere), DJ D-Nice is creating the world’s biggest remote block party, attracting political candidates, music legends and Kardashians alike. He played for hours on Saturday and Sunday night, and will be spinning again soon.
Week of March 16-20
We’ve just added a new post on 8 ways that employers can support their remote workforce – among other things, it recommends that employers be much more tolerant of strange hours, and managers be much less distant.
The flood of remote workers is leaving the door open to more cybercrime. Make sure your leaders take inventory of how employees are accessing company sites and materials remotely, and that they have the right tools and guidance to work securely. Also, communicate regularly with your workforce about the need to practice good digital hygiene, with strong passwords and multi-factor authentications if possible.
Here’s a collection of ways you can make working from home more joyful, and if you want to take the joy up a notch into howls of laughter, here’s collection of Tweets from Fast Company about remote work gone awry.
There is an enormous need for medical supplies, and makers are stepping up. If you or anyone you know has a sewing machine, hospitals desperately need you to make home-made CDC compliant surgical masks.
Them. has put together a comprehensive list of resources to help LGBTQIA+ people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Late night comedians are monologuing from home to help raise funds for those who need food and care. You can get a little comic relief and help a good cause at the same time.
Coronavirus anxiety is real, and you can fight it sight these very helpful tools gathered by the the team at Shine, in partnership with Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America. Check them out at the “Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety” site.
From a CultureIQ remote employee: “My partner and I just discovered this chrome extension called “Netflix Party.” Install the extension and then when you go to watch Netflix you generate a link to send to those you want to invite, so that you’re all watching the same thing at the same time (instead of trying to sync up your viewing), and there is a running chat along the side that you can use to talk. She and I are in binge-watching heaven, and it keeps us connected when we can’t be around each other. Highly recommend!
Have kids at home and want to them to keep up their writing skills- and get them out of a funk? One parent we know suggests having them write letters (or emails) to their friends to keep their literary engines running, and fight those isolated feelings. For smaller kids, sending drawings will do, too!
We’re casting our ideation netting out on social too, so please keep a lookout for #CoronavirusSuggestionBox and add your brainstorms!