MassMutual is providing free life insurance coverage insurance policies to frontline well being care employees

Good morning.

Barely a day goes by with out my listening to of one other massive firm that’s taking unprecedented motion to deal with social issues. Cynics amongst CEO Day by day readers roll their eyes after I say this, however one thing very totally different is occurring on the earth of enterprise at the moment—in contrast to something I’ve skilled in a four-decade journalistic profession.

Yesterday, I spoke with Roger Crandall, CEO of MassMutual—which is a special animal from most corporations in that it doesn’t have shareholders and is ruled by its policyholders. In response to the pandemic, Crandall has supplied free, three-year life insurance policies to frontline well being care employees. The corporate has created a simple on-line software that doesn’t require a bodily. The one requirement is that the particular person stay within the U.S., be no older than 60, make lower than $250,000, and be employed or volunteer at the very least 10 hours per thirty days at a well being care or emergency medical service supplier.

I requested Crandall how a lot this system in the end will price the corporate. He mentioned wherever from $20 million to $150 million, relying on how many individuals reap the benefits of it. “You’d be stunned how laborious it’s to offer away life insurance coverage,” he mentioned. (You’ll be able to take him up on the provide right here.)

And because it’s Friday, some suggestions. BJ objected to the optimistic words from the oldsters at Slack that innovation with out an workplace might be inspired with digital instruments.

“Workplaces didn’t merely present white boards and water coolers; they supplied a large number of social, emotional and mental points that fueled innovation, by providing intersections of disciplines and consciousness of the sides the place many of the creativity lives. Think about IBM labs, HP Labs, Bell Labs, Nationwide Labs …. significantly doubt such sophisticated initiatives will proceed from dwelling.”

Additionally, numerous commentary on my post Monday suggesting Trump could have made enterprise higher, by forcing corporations to deal with points he was avoiding—local weather change, pandemic security, range and inclusion. “Good reflections. I approve,” wrote BT. However WHT objected to my assertion {that a} new administration would possibly carry a raft of enterprise regulatory measures, a lot of them ill-conceived:

“Sick-conceived? What an boastful assertion to make. You’re an skilled now?”

No skilled. However I do know sufficient from three many years in Washington to say this with confidence: many regulatory schemes are ill-conceived.

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Alan Murray
@alansmurray

alan.murray@fortune.com

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