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Workers — especially millennials and Gen Zers — are paying close attention to the words and actions of their employers during national crises, such as the protests following the killing of George Floyd in police custody.
Why it matters: American companies have an enormous amount of wealth and influence that they can put toward effecting change, and CEOs have the potential to fill the leadership vacuum left by government inaction. More and more rank-and-file employees expect their bosses to do something with that money and power.
But while a slew of big firms and individual CEOs have put out statements of support for the black community, few have said what they're going to do about it.
By the numbers: The lack of meaningful action is exacerbated by the abysmally low representation of black leaders and workers in corporate America.
The big picture: Not only is putting money, hiring efforts and advocacy behind their statements the right thing to do, it's also good business.
The bottom line: "Job seekers are savvy," Schmidt says. When young, talented workers are deciding which job offer to accept, they'll be looking at how companies handled these protests and how they responded to the coronavirus pandemic.
A security officer at a food distribution pop-up in New York City. Photo: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
Go deeper: Black Americans' competing crises
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As Americans engage in difficult conversations about race, violence, privilege and more, one place they may receive training in such discussions is the workplace, my colleague Naomi Shavin writes.
Why it matters: Firms often ask or invite employees to attend programs that help them communicate about diversity and inclusion. With many people working from home, the skills they've picked up can also be applied in the family setting.
The big picture: "Unconscious bias trainings have been happening over the past couple decades, but ramping up in the last decade," says Rashawn Ray of the Brookings Institute and the University of Maryland, who leads diversity and inclusion training for companies, police departments and the military.
Yes, but: Ray cautions that many companies will often host these programs, but fail to take meaningful next steps. "Without a follow-up, they don't have a plan to really integrate racial equity going forward."
What they're saying: There is a silver lining to the present situation, according to Ray — and an opportunity to be seized. "We are capturing a moment where people are paying attention."
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
One effect of the pandemic could be the redistribution of Silicon Valley's jobs and wealth to the American heartland.
The big picture: "Over one-third of the nation’s digital services job growth in the last decade was concentrated in just five metropolitan areas: New York, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, and San Jose," Brookings' Mark Muro writes.
Now as Twitter, Square, Facebook and more firms turn the remote trial into a permanent fixture, some of those jobs could seep into the other 63% of metros.
But, but, but: The rise of remote work could come with unforeseen consequences. For example, Facebook has said that it will adjust its remote employees' compensation based on the cost of living in the cities in which they live. That means no Silicon Valley-level salaries for those living in the middle of the country.
I've been tracking the new types of jobs that are cropping up as companies and governments figure out how to safely reopen America.
Among these new coronavirus careers are temperature checkers who monitor the health of people entering office buildings and schools and contact tracers who try to locate people who have been exposed to the virus and give them advice on how to contain it.
Here are a few more, per CNBC:
Charging Alabama state troopers pass by fallen demonstrators in Selma on March 7, 1965. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images
Here's what I'm reading this week.
The technology of witnessing brutality (Axios)
Pandemic-battered retailers face protests (NYT)
Microsoft wants to own the work-from-home economy (WSJ)
The CEO's guide to safely reopening the workplace (MIT Tech Review)
There's my copy of "The Power Broker." And, fine, I'll admit it — I haven't gotten a chance to read it yet.
These days, watching cable news means catching a glimpse of the inside of the homes of journalists, politicians and academics.
"The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York," Robert Caro's 1,246-page epic on the man who was arguably New York's most influential public official ever, keeps appearing on TV screens.
Dana Rubinstein writes in the Times:
"Reading the book is a rite of passage for New York’s political class, a pledge to learn the art of politics as it is practiced in big cities, not textbooks. To display the book prominently is to signal that you, too, understand how politics works, in both its pitfalls and its promise."
Thanks for reading!