On The Wire | News & Analysis from the Web | Roundup from March and April

Gallup COVID-19 Data Brief No. 3.  Gallup 4/7

“Gallup has been polling Americans daily since March 13 on the COVID-19 crisis via the Gallup Panel. The data is yielding unparalleled insights into how Americans are experiencing the crisis at work, at home, through social distancing and much more.Here are brief overviews of Gallup’s latest content on the COVID-19 crisis, along with an index to past articles. . . .”


Digital Policy for Physical Distancing: 28 Stimulus Proposals That Will Pay Long-Term Dividends.  Information Technology & Innovation Foundation 4/6

“The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed gaps in society’s digital readiness for social distancing. If policymakers seize the opportunity to address these gaps, they can make it easier to manage the next pandemic while providing significant long-term social and economic benefits. . . .”


Frightened Workers Stay Away From Factory Floors, Hitting Output.  Bloomberg 4/3

“Philippe Petitcolin has had a hard time getting workers back on the factory floor.The Safran SA chief executive officer’s efforts to resume work at sites building jet engines for Airbus SE hit a wall after the company handed over its entire stock of 60,000 masks to plug French hospital shortages, and it lacked thermometers to test staff for possible coronavirus infections. Employees in outbreak hot spots like eastern France were reluctant to return to assembly lines, especially without protective gear. . . .”


U.S. Workers Discovering Affinity for Remote Work.  Gallup 4/3

“American workers are increasingly doing their jobs from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and the latest Gallup Panel data show that they are warming up to the experience. . . .”


COVID-19 Effects at Workplaces Accelerate.  Gallup 4/3

“Thursday’s record unemployment figures from the U.S. Department of Labor revealed the harsh reality that roughly 10 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last two weeks of March. With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging U.S. businesses, Gallup’s latest data show that U.S. workers are increasingly seeing the effects at their workplaces. . . .”


The supply chain behind the pivot to make coronavirus relief supplies.  Supply Chain Dive 4/2

“Manufacturers across the world are changing how they do business to make products and devices to help with the fight against COVID-19. . . .”


Using the Industrial Internet of Things to Create a Safer Workplace.  Occupational Health and Safety 4/1

“In an industrial and commercial world that keeps speeding up to match the soaring expectations of consumers, it is critical that safety is not left behind as operational efficiencies increase. Studies have recently linked the increasing speeds of fulfillment with working injuries—particularly in high-tech warehouses and distribution centers. Despite widespread efforts from senior management and facility managers, there is still room for improvement when it comes to industrial safety and injury prevention. . . .”


U.S. Workers Discovering Affinity for Remote Work.  Gallup 4/3

“American workers are increasingly doing their jobs from home as a result of the coronavirus crisis, and the latest Gallup Panel data show that they are warming up to the experience. . . .”


COVID-19 Effects at Workplaces Accelerate.  Gallup 4/3

“Thursday’s record unemployment figures from the U.S. Department of Labor revealed the harsh reality that roughly 10 million Americans filed for unemployment in the last two weeks of March. With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging U.S. businesses, Gallup’s latest data show that U.S. workers are increasingly seeing the effects at their workplaces. . . .”


COVID-19: What Employees Need From Leaders Right Now.  Gallup 3/23

“How do you lead and inspire employees amid a global pandemic that’s creating anxiety and uncertainty everywhere? . . .”


Preparing for the worst, hoping for the best.  The Fabricator 3/19

“The question posed to a fabricator on March 16 probably won’t be answered the same way seven or even 14 days from now. But for at least one day I was hopeful. . . .”


The novel coronavirus and the metal fabrication supply chain.  The Fabricator 3/18
“‘A containership showed up at the Port of Los Angeles [on March 9]. You would think this would be a nonevent at the Port of Los Angeles, except this containership was the first to show up from China in almost 10 days. It was sort of like the Navy coming into an 18th century port, and boy, people were excited.’ . . .”