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Since March 2020, companies and organisations throughout Germany have restricted business activities and social contacts due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We ourselves were intensively planning events, workshops, meetings and different participation formats just a few days ago. Now, we face the challenge of not being able to implement these formats in the usual way, with direct interpersonal dialogue.

With its decision to lower the requirements for short-time working, the German government has given many companies significant leeway in the current economic climate. Employment agencies are already registering a record increase in applications for short-time work compensation, but what may be a sensible step from a business perspective isn’t necessarily also understood as such by employees. Given the growing uncertainty of many employees, short-time work should be introduced in a sensitive and transparent manner.

Below, we consider five communication errors with which management can endanger trust by unnecessarily upsetting employees.

Digital technologies are touted as a big chance for the future, not least in enabling sustainable business development. But those who see digital technologies as a ‘Hail Mary’ for sustainability disregard the fact that digitalization, particularly at its current speed of growth, comes at a significant environmental cost. Can the gap between sustainability and pressure for innovation in an age conditioned by climate change be bridged?

After 47 years of membership, the United Kingdom will leave the European Union tonight. Political negotiations are to follow swiftly, to secure the UK’s plan to have a trade deal ready by the end of 2020, which seems ambitious to most observers. Yet, businesses on both sides will surely step up their efforts to strengthen and expand relations across the Channel in the months to come, while identifying Brexit-related risks and securing preferred outcomes.