Hindsight Is 20/20: Living Your Culture In The Next Normal

Career Realism

Layoffs were widespread and money vanished, while the real estate market collapsed amidst big bank failures fueled by consumers inability to pay excessive mortgages. It's now 2020: The pandemic health crisis is new, yet the economic dynamics seem eerily familiar. How your employees view your stand on diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging have always been important, but with the ultra focus in the past few weeks, how would you rate your organization?

2020 46

how can we keep involving our laid-off staff in our work?

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During the fall we plan to use the unexpected downtime to lean into strategic planning, racial equity work, and evaluating some HR and culture practices. I think it’s also clear that the same goes for racial equity initiatives. You’re right about the letter of the law — you need to pay people for attending or participating in work meetings (like strategic planning or racial equity work) but not for truly social gatherings that are 100% optional.

2020 28

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we have to live within 100 miles of our director, company said paying me more would be “unfair,” and more

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It’s hard to say for sure without knowing more about your background and the needs of the job, but in general, there’s a movement toward being more deliberate about pay equity and ensuring employers can justify differences in salaries based on actual qualifications — and that’s a good thing. Survivor’s guilt is a real thing with layoffs and furloughs! It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. We have to live within 100 miles of our director.

2020 27

updates: friends at work, the higher-earning male coworker, and more

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The last time I wrote to you, I had just started a new junior HR role at a larger organization after I survived layoffs at the first one. Not to mention I got a big pay raise, equity, etc., Here are three updates from past letter-writers. Am I allowed to have friends at work if I work in HR? (first update here ). I’ve so been enjoying everyone’s updates and thought I’d send my own in.

2020 26