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COVID-19: Recovery & Return to the Workplace

COVID-19 Response: Recovery & Return to the Workplace

The emergence of the COVID-19 health crisis and the resulting national recession in 2020 altered some—but not all—of the priorities of the Mass High Tech Council. Our policy and program focus has remained the same, but the game plan has shifted to how we collectively respond to–and recover from–this crisis.

The Council’s Executive Committee, along with a diverse group of leaders from the diagnostic testing, life sciences, health care delivery, technology, and manufacturing sectors led by High Tech Council Executive Committee member Steve Pagliuca, developed the Massachusetts Recovery and Return to the Workplace Framework designed to restart the Commonwealth’s economy while protecting the health of residents

Informed by input from senior executives with global perspectives and published insights and data from McKinsey & Company, the Council’s framework was designed to guide leaders from the public and private sectors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and was presented to Governor Baker’s Reopening Advisory Board in April 2020.

The Council’s Recovery and Return to the Workplace Framework and ongoing efforts continue to provide business leaders and innovation economy employers with peer-validated and timely information needed to help them restart operations and return to work safely and successfully. By leveraging the Council’s CEO-level network, our team of subject matter experts and contributors will help to identify the specific conditions that must be in place to allow for restart and encourage individuals to engage in economic activity.

See information below about our ongoing series of COVID-19 Response Virtual Roundtables and watch your inbox for more opportunities to stay engaged and continue advancing the Council’s pro-growth, recovery-focused agenda and initiatives.

Contact Chris Anderson to learn more about how you can participate in the Council’s COVID-19 Recovery and Return to the Workplace leadership.

MHTC Virtual COVID-19 Response Roundtable Series

To help employers and policymakers make the best decisions possible for our communities in support of a safe and sustained economic recovery, the Massachusetts High Technology Council launched our Recovery & Return to the Workplace Virtual Roundtable Series in March 2020.

These roundtables feature leaders from the business community, public sector, health delivery system, and professional services organizations who share perspectives and practices on an array of COVID-19 related issues, including:



Economic impacts

Public health and provider responses

Operations, business continuity, and supply chain

Managing careers in the new work from home reality


Telemedicine and telehealth

COVID-19 variants

Increasingly, the Massachusetts High Technology Council is stepping up to create, execute, and lead critical statewide competitiveness strategies. Fostering a vision for our innovation economy under the MassVision2050 banner, the Council solidifies its position as a thought leader providing valuable insights to navigate emerging technologies, facilitates long-term planning, and reinforces the Council's commitment to excellence and action in the evolving Massachusetts tech-driven economy.

To learn more, contact Council President Chris Anderson.