How to answer the age-old question: Could this meeting have been an email?

This map shows the states where COVID-19 cases are spiking–and that's bad news for all of America ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
If you’ve ever worked in an office, you can likely think of a time—or 3,000—where you’ve found yourself stuck in a boring meeting wondering why the organizer couldn’t have just written an email instead. The problem is especially acute in many hybrid or remote workplaces where meetings have increased in frequency and duration. But there are also times when a meeting is a good use of attendees’ time. "From an efficiency perspective, meetings to discuss a challenging issue or to make a decision are a good investment of time," says Kate Christie, CEO of time management consultants Time Stylers. So when does scheduling a meeting makes sense? Read on to find out.

—Julia Herbst
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How to answer the age-old question: Could this meeting have been an email?

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COVID rising (again): What you need to know​​​​​​
America has come a long way in its battle against COVID-19 since January. Much of the country has come out of lockdown and economic activity is looking up, thanks in large part to the rapid vaccine rollout. 
However, in recent weeks, it’s beginning to become clear the country’s progress is starting to reverse as the more contagious Delta variant spreads. Newly updated data from Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center reveals where things are getting bad again, showing pockets where the seven-day case average has increased. 
The data corresponds with findings from Georgetown University, showing clusters of rising cases across eight states that are due to low vaccination rates. 
These include areas of Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Tennessee. Read more here.
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