Is It Time to Retire Values Like Resiliency and Grit in the Workplace?

Is It Time to Retire Values Like Resiliency and Grit in the Workplace?

We are seeing a demand to create jobs that don’t require ever-growing amounts of grit and resilience. It’s not the worst idea I’ve heard. It places responsibility where it belongs—on employers. Instead of pushing people to break and replacing them with the next person and repeating the cycle, it allows workers to have a career and a life outside of work. I don’t think that is too much to expect.

Linked – People in 20s more likely to be out of work because of poor mental health than those in early 40s

Linked – People in 20s more likely to be out of work because of poor mental health than those in early 40s

When you’re young and not on the standard education/career path due to mental health, there’s no career history or learned skills to fall back on. I think many employers would view you as unemployable in our current environment. I’m not saying that should be how it is, but it is likely the way it is. My story illustrates the path out of that, but it also contains some privilege. I was able to go to therapy. My family gave me a place to live while I wasn’t working. I had access to learning tools. I had to work hard to create opportunities to learn new skills, but I also found myself in places where I could do that. I had help.

About Last Week
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About Last Week

When I look back on those years, it breaks my heart to know that half (probably much more!) of the people in our industry exist as some version of me in my teens and twenties because they don’t feel safe. On a very personal level, it makes me cry for all the pain and hurt out there that I wish others didn’t have to know so well. On a professional level, it hurts all of us. How much better equipped could we be for technology changes and the challenges of working in the legal industry if there weren’t so many women and men who felt the need to hide to feel safe? How much more successful could your organization be if all of these folks felt safe enough to stop hiding their talents and ideas? Leaders, what are you doing to ensure that everyone feels safe? Are you telling them how to hide themselves better, or are you creating a space where they don’t need to?

It matters to the bottom line, it matters in terms of career development, and it matters personally to far too many people who have their own stories to tell about their own experiences in and around our industry. Listen to them. Let it hurt you to hear their stories. Let it be heavy for you to learn the truth. Let that hurt turn into a determination to put an end to it.

Linked – Can remote work cause depression?

Linked – Can remote work cause depression?

Working from home opens up opportunities to people who can’t, for many reasons, travel to an office every day. It can, however, be lonely at times. Finding the right balance is key. Finding the places where you can still connect with people outside of work is key. You’re no longer spending a third of your day in the same location as your coworkers and connecting by default. Still, you can connect and be more involved in your community because you’re not spending another couple of hours commuting. You can spend more time with your family.

You have to figure out what works and doesn’t work.

Linked – In major gaffe, hacked Microsoft test account was assigned admin privileges
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Linked – In major gaffe, hacked Microsoft test account was assigned admin privileges

As the article below points out, I bet this wasn’t a technical issue. It’s not a bug. It’s a poor configuration choice, yes, likely made worse by a poor change management process. Somewhere along the way, you’d think someone would have it written down that this existed, and someone would see it written down and act on it. That didn’t happen. You’d also like to think there would be a hard rule to enable MFA in any environment, including testing ones.