How Work From Anywhere Could Help Repair a Broken Employer – Employee Relationship

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

So, I left, for a job I could do from anywhere. And, most of all, I appreciate the fact that I can do this job from anywhere, even if the pandemic has meant doing it from the same exact spot in my house for the last 15 months. Because, when the time comes, I can be where I need to be, and continue working. That matters. That shows that the company trusts me, and I want to continue to earn that trust by meeting deadlines and getting my work done.

That kind of relationship, or culture if you will, seems to be missing from many companies based on what I’m seeing other people talk about, online and off. Yet, every company out there like top brag about their top-notch “culture”.

Culture isn’t what you say you do, culture is what you do together. And if, together, you have no trust between employees and management, well that’s your culture, regardless of what your mission statements says.… Read More

Culture is Defined by the Worst Behavior Tolerated

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I wish I could take credit for the line in the title. But, I can’t. It has, however, been rumbling around in my brain for the past couple of days since I heard John Amaechi say it on a recent episode of Adam Grant’s podcast “Worklife” (Go listen to the whole episode, it’s very thought-provoking)

In an episode about how to build an anti-racist workplace, this was the line that sort of stopped not only me, but Adam as well. And, I think it applies to much more than anti-racism.… Read More

A Completely Non-Scientific View of Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

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Reading Time: 4 minutes

A little over a week ago, I came clean on my other blog, and social media. I admitted that I’m just really not OK.

If you’ve read the post, then you also know that when I mention mental health stigma, I’m not really talking about what happened with my workplace. No, that was exactly what I would want to happen. But, what I noticed was what happened kind of out in public, after the fact.… Read More

Linked: Want People to Listen to You in Zoom Meetings? Follow These 3 Rules

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

Two things that I want to say about this:

1. Getting there early is an opportunity to have small talk, and maybe even a laugh or two, something the we are all lacking in the work from home world, and which science is now telling us is making us feel more alone, even as we sit on video conferences on and off all day long. When we go from call to call talking business only and getting off as quickly as possible, that is Zoom fatigue. If you have a few laughs together? Totally different.

2. Also, don’t sleep on being the one to send the follow up notes, and meeting wrap ups. Yeah it’s a pain, it means you have to take notes and pay attention. You know what else it means? When the next meeting starts, you are now the keeper of the notes, and probably running the meeting to kick it off. Now you don’t have to find a way to interject politely, you have the floor. Additionally,  if you are running the meeting, be aware of who is talking, and who isn’t. Who looks like they want to say something, and isn’t getting a chance. Don’t setup your screen to show you the large image of who is talking and small screens of everyone else. That only drags your attention away from the group, and the people not talking. Don’t leave them behind.… Read More

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