Spring 2020
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Here's a sampling of what's going on with our clients and staff:

In times like these, we are thankful to everyone involved with essential services who continue to work and provide for our communities. Leonard & Finco is doing its part to assist clients that provide essential services continue with effective communication to keep everyone updated and informed. Our thanks go to all of our clients who are considered essential services and we will continue to assist you in anyway that we can.

To help keep all of the essential services working properly during this time, we encourage everyone to follow each organization’s safety procedures and follow the Stay At Home guidelines to keep workers and our community safe.

Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats was awarded the 2019 Wisconsin Manufacturer of The Year  for the large category by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

While there are no public Masses taking place at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Shrine remains open. The grounds, chapel and oratory are open regular hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In addition, the 8:30 a.m. Mass is being streamed daily on the Champion Shrine website and Facebook page .

Congrats to Jake’s Diapers on being awarded grants from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region, Inc. With the grant funds, Jake’s will provide families impacted by COVID-19 with essential items like diapers, hygiene supplies and period products.

The Wisconsin CASA Association celebrated the third annual “I am for the Child Day” on Wednesday, April 15. Participants wore blue to draw attention to the need for more Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) across the state.
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Communication More Important Now Than Ever

The impact of COVID-19 has changed our lives in many ways over the last few weeks, but one thing that remains certain in uncertain times is the importance of communication. Communication with your employees, clients, vendors and other stakeholders must continue whether your business is open, closed or working from home.

Information about and surrounding this pandemic seems to change by the hour, so what should you communicate? In our work on several COVID-19 communication teams, we’ve found the following approach to be helpful and impactful.

Know. With constant information updates from officials and the news, it can be hard to know what’s accurate information about the virus. Only share information from reliable sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), your state/local health officials and local healthcare providers.

Protect. Communication to protect is two-prong: personal and business. Personal comes as advice and tips for employees. This may include what they should do to protect themselves from the virus, how to efficiently work from home, and what they need to know if their wages are impacted by COVID-19. Business communication to customers and stakeholders may depend on your business type and how you regularly communicate with them, such as email or newsletter updates. If you’re receiving the same questions from your business audience, consider putting together a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet. That way you can answer their questions without being asked again and again.

Act. Just like the precautions to stay healthy, it’s important to act on symptoms if an employee gets sick or if your business needs funding assistance. There are a lot of webinars and information for businesses sharing what to do to protect the health of your business. If your business can share your expertise or aid businesses in these difficult times, communicate the information you have to share with them clearly and with contact information for their questions.

Reassure. It’s so important to remind staff, clients, vendors and stakeholders that you’re here for them during this difficult time and that you care about their health and safety.

We’ll all get through this together and we’re here for you if you need us! 
Our Top Tips for
Working from Home

Like many of you, the Leonard & Finco team is currently working from home as we practice social distancing. This is the first time most of us have worked from home, so while we adjust to this new reality, here is what we’ve learned so far to have a productive workday.

  1. Set a routine. Adjusting to this new work/life balance can be difficult, so establish habits for beginning and ending your workday to help differentiate the two.
  2. Have a dedicated workspace. Set up your home office or table space to be your new work desk. If you can, set it up similarly to your office desk to help make it easier to find things.
  3. Keep open communication with the team. Update coworkers throughout the day with what you need from them, how you can help them and general conversation.
  4. Utilize tools and technology. There are a lot of great tools to help you collaborate and communicate with coworkers while working apart. Explore available options to find which work best for your business. Video chat, email, phone calls and text all help get the job done.
  5. Take breaks, but limit distractions. Working alone when you’re used to an office with co-workers can feel a little lonely. Take periodic breaks, but don’t get distracted by housework, social media or family also at home.

Happy social distancing!