With a historic 38.6 million jobs lost in just nine weeks, the coronavirus pandemic is wreaking havoc on the labor market. 

As the class of 2020 graduates into that uncertain professional landscape, both those new grads and the companies hiring them face quite a bit of work to adapt and create the opportunities and culture that both employees and employers need to thrive.

For a new hire, starting a career virtually means it’s much harder to get a feel for the work and to immerse oneself in the culture of a company, said Miecha Ranea Forbes, senior vice president of culture, inclusion, and strategic advising at executive search and consulting firm Koya Leadership Partners. And that lack of connection can start a career off on the wrong foot.

“Statistics show that the more engaged a person is in the organization, the culture, and the work, the more likely it is they’re going to be retained for a long period of time,” Forbes said. “Even through bumps like a pandemic.”

One of the biggest challenges Forbes said she encounters in her work, which often includes helping companies engage their workforce virtually, is getting employees and employers to understand that …


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The world has changed. This is not a drill. are especially vulnerable to being left behind. No matter what our career is, we are all facing a new normal in our . There are more than 100 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 40 and 65. All of us need to consider new options to create and work in the future. If older workers wait for help, we will likely find ourselves waiting a long time.

We need to get ahead of this entire problem, not just the immediate issues this crisis presents. Planning for the recovery means taking stock of where you will be working 10 or 15 years from now — or even a couple years from now.

You can choose a course for yourself of just keeping your head above water in roiling business currents, or you can take active steps right now to build

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Sen. Amy Klobuchar is on Joe Biden’s shortlist, an attorney breaks a second Supreme Court record, and Best Buy CEO Corie Barry talks about leading through the pandemic. Have a glorious weekend. The Broadsheet will be off for Memorial Day in the U.S. on Monday—we’ll see you here on Tuesday. 

– Best Buy boss. For our Fortune 500 issue, our colleague Jen Wieczner talked to Corie Barry, CEO of electronics retail giant Best Buy (No. 74 on the list). This is Barry’s first full year on the job—and what a time to start!

She talked Jen about her decision to close all of Best Buy’s 1,000 U.S. stores on March 22, transitioning to delivery and curbside pickup—despite the fact that, as an essential service, the locations could have remained open. Barry said:

“It was becoming more and more evident that our employees were very concerned for their own safety. And this was met by this really high demand window, where customers really needed what we sold. We put all that in a blender. We moved to the curbside model in literally a matter of 48 hours. And we stopped going into people’s homes …

On Thursday, China’s parliament, the National People’s Congress, announced that the central government would impose a national security law on the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. The law would target behavior deemed antithetical to China’s sovereignty.

“National security is the bedrock underpinning the stability of a country. Safeguarding national security serves the fundamental interest of all Chinese,” Zhang Yesui, spokesman for the NPC, said at a news briefing on Thursday.

Although details of the law are still emerging, the proposal is seen as a threat to free speech and political expression in Hong Kong. Since protests over a proposed Extradition Law began last year, Beijing has increasingly viewed unrest in the region as “subversion” of its sovereignty.

Critics argue Beijing’s decision to implement the law itself—rather than leaving it to Hong Kong’s local government—also breaches the legislative divide at the core of the One Country, Two Systems principle that has allowed Hong Kong to flourish as a hub for international business.

“Hong Kong today stands as a model of free trade, strong governance, free flow of information and efficiency,” said Robert Grieves, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. “No one wins if the foundation for …

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