“But what can I say?”

Supporting the people in your organization isn’t easy even when things are going well. And now you’re living with events going very not-well. By now, you’ve gone through the process of asking employees to work from home. Or tougher yet, you may have let people go or put them on furlough. Painful things for a boss to do and say.

So, what’s left for you to say? Here and during the coming weeks we’ll offer executives some possibilities. Simple one-at-a-time suggestions for you. If these ideas feel like a good fit, feel free to use them (add your own personal thoughts or just copy and paste if you like). We’ll offer more as you work through the weeks and months of struggling to keep your business moving.

You’re concerned about your employees (and so are we). And we also hope these simple messages offer you some personal support. So, first of all, consider this …

“You’re stuck at home, in isolation with your family, limiting your trips outside the house and maintaining safe distance when you do. Congratulations. You’re part of the cure. It feels strange, but you’re doing exactly what needs to be done. You’re in partnership with millions of other Americans who are taking this health threat seriously. I thank you, and the country thanks you. Your continued health also preserves the health of others. Keep it up! And look forward to lots of hugs on the other side of this.”

Stay well. This isn’t forever. And we’d love to hear your thoughts if you like. Just share them here.