*Emblematic* #9 – Boston Start-Up Had An Idea to Help Unemployed Hourly Wage Workers and Pivoted. This & More Inspired Responses by Leaders to COVID-19


This is *Emblematic* #9. For Days 1 through 8 Click here. Stories of organizational leadership in a crisis. Not just to applaud – to apply.

Boston Tech Company to Make Applying for Unemployment Easier

The co-founder of Boston tech start-up Syrg is not the type to let a problem go unsolved if he thinks he can fix it.

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Together with his co-founder and team, Rahkeem Morris has been building a tech company to help hourly workers with the challenge of getting the most and/or best hours they can — and to help employers with the ever-present time suck of calling people and trying to fully staff their shifts. Syrg is great. Knowing that workforce well meant knowing that many of their app users were being laid off in the COVID19 crisis. And that despite the best of intentions, unemployment insurance programs and their websites and call centers were going to be overwhelmed and complicated for many who need them. So the team created  “Get UI Help” virtually overnight. It helps the hourly wage workforce get access to benefits they are eligible for with support and assistance.

Sewing Company “Unwrapped” is a Small Business Simply Saving Lives

Maybe this will make the papers but we heard about it on twitter first. Thanks to Caroline Kimball-Katz, we know that Unwrapped, a 200 employee $5M sewing company in Lowell, Massachusetts is making masks and hospital gowns. They started a week ago, and are making “10,000 masks a day” says Caroline – and she ought to know because her dad runs the company. Even better – she wants our help! Contact her on twitter if you want to help make thank you cards for the company to give out to employees.

Boston Globe Talks to Local Bosses on Responding to the Crisis

The Boston Globe offers a terrific round up of how ceos and biz owners in the Boston area are reacting to the crisis. Tons of details. Great reporting. Captures the angst and action steps. Mass Mutual, Jordan’s Furniture, Eversource Energy, IDG and many others. One clear demand CEOs are addressing is creating community and offering support for employees who are working from home.

“You’ve got 3,000 to 4,000 people at home and they need a community,” Ali said. “We have been creating online communities that have nothing to do with how much you’re going to sell this week.” Mohamad Ali, International Data Group

“The biggest concern is really around connectivity with their colleagues, and feeling like they’re out on their own.” Michael Hansen, Cengage

Read the Globe story, by writers Jon Chesto and Shirley Leung here.

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*Emblematic* is a publication of Emblem Strategic LLC. For more information contact info@EmblemStrategic.com.

Andy Tarsy is Principal and Founder of Emblem Strategic LLC. We help leaders have more impact and advantage. What are you waiting for?

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