This article was posted on LinkedIn by Courtney Geduldig, J.D. ’00, and reprinted with her permission. Geduldig is chief public and government affairs officer for S&P Global, a publicly traded company in the financial information and analytics industry. She is responsible for leading S&P’s global government relations, internal and external communications, corporate responsibility, brand, digital, creative and corporate events.
My blog post this month feels very different. Like many of my colleagues, I am writing this not only to share my thoughts with you, but to invite a dialogue and create a community.
As may be the case for many of you, I’m writing this post from my “home office.” On any given day that could actually be the office in my house – but I have to share that room with my teenagers who are doing distance learning and my husband who is also working from home. On other days, when it is not my turn, my “home office” is the kitchen, the basement, the bedroom or wherever I can find some quiet. Like all of you, wherever I sit, I am acutely aware that this is likely going to be my office situation for more than a few weeks. Uncertainty is very challenging and unsettling.
S&P Global has joined many others across the U.S. and the world in encouraging “social distancing” in the face of this global pandemic, and urging our people who work in cities where we’re seeing exponential increases in illness to work remotely. We are following guidance in real time at the global, federal, state, local, and health organizational levels, and looking to make the best decisions for our people – as well as for our healthcare workers, our communities, the vulnerable and the economy.
I am fortunate to be part of a leadership team that reacted quickly to this global crisis. Our People team and CEO have already introduced and integrated flexible work as part of our culture, and our technology teams have been strengthening our infrastructure and remote capabilities long before the coronavirus emerged. That culture of agility and caring, and a focus on our people and our customers, is helping us adapt to this truly unprecedented situation as best we can, at least from a business perspective.