We are all ‘essential’
Language matters. And in the life-and-death decisions surrounding COVID-19, the terms “essential employee” and “essential business” seem harsh. As citizens, we understand the intention and absolute need for safety behind the designations, but let’s be clear: In the broader value to society, we are all—every employee and every business—essential. We believe that a fuller understanding of how we are all essential is one of the great lessons that will come from this pandemic.
Originally published: April 30, 2020
Position: President Emeritus, President
Published by: University Business