Un­der­stand that this is a dif­fer­ent world, where we con­stantly face chal­lenges re­lated to safety.

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The cost to ad­dress se­cu­rity in the phys­i­cal and dig­i­tal work­place is sim­ply a larger ex­pense than in the past, whether be­cause of lost work days or be­cause of the cost of se­cur­ing com­put­ers, dig­i­tal files or build­ings. I’ve re­alised that I must not judge any­one’s de­ci­sion re­gard­ing whether to come to work on a po­ten­tially danger­ous day. This is es­pe­cially true when pub­lic trans­porta­tion has been can­celled or when fam­ily dy­nam­ics fac­tor into in­di­vid­ual de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

As man­agers, we must be sen­si­tive to our em­ploy­ees’ fears and anx­i­eties – which them­selves re­duce pro­duc­tiv­ity and sat­is­fac­tion – while also be­ing aware of what that means f inan­cially. This is our new world.

Karen Fire­stone is pres­i­dent and CEO of Aureus As­set Man­age­ment, which serves as the pri­mary fi­nan­cial ad­viser to fam­i­lies, in­di­vid­u­als and non-profit in­sti­tu­tions

© 2013 Har­vard Busi­ness School Pub­lish­ing Corp. Dis­trib­uted by The New York Times Syn­di­cate.

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