A Messaging Issue

In an email, the head of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources told employees to wear face masks on teleconferences even when they’re not around others to set a good example during the COVID pandemic
— Read on www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article244861827.html

I’ve considered writing about issues with messaging during the pandemic, but kept putting it off. The above article is a good example of the type of thing I am talking about.

It is a good thing to encourage people to wear masks. It is a good thing to ask your employees to be a good example. It is a good thing to have masking rules. The above is not a good thing. This type of messaging will make anti-mask people more likely to ridicule mask rules, not more likely to comply. This type of messaging might push people wavering more toward the anti-maskers. This doesn’t look like good policy. This looks like an overstep of authority at worst and poor decision making at best.

This is not the messaging we need to get people to comply with masking.

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