2021 was a year unlike any other. For one, it felt a lot like 2020: it began with hope of the economy returning to pre-pandemic times with vaccinations and travel; ended with yet another variant dampening spirits. January began with GameStop stealing headlines. News then moved to cryptocurrency with Elon Musk’s tweets and El Salvador … Continue reading 2021 Year in Review: The 3 big ones
I just got off a call with one of my HR peers. Like always, our conversation opened with her favourite question–‘what’s keeping you up at night regarding work?’. In the past, I’ve been successful in limiting myself to one thing (I sleep like a baby). However, for the first time, I found myself rattling off … Continue reading What’s keeping you up at night?
Every single survey rolled out since mid-2020 in one form or the other asked respondents – ‘How many days would you like to work from an office?’ No wonder, we’ve been brainwashed into believing that the number of days in the office matter more than the purpose of bringing employees back. When the focus is … Continue reading Moments that Matter: When should one head into an office?
Hello there! Really really quick note to share that I am still very much around. I haven't dropped off the face of the Earth even though it may feel like it when you look at my social media. I will be back in November. It's been a combination of me being lazy, sorting the year … Continue reading Short break!
I’ve written about the great resignation before. It has all the elements every HR professional’s nightmare is made of–mass exodus, disgruntled employees and the constant fear of losing the next top talent. I was recently asked about the one significant transformation that the pandemic had brought in and while there have been many, the one … Continue reading It’s all about the money, honey!
There are four months left in the year and, as incredulous as it feels, it is time to think of what work would look like in 2022. As organizations continue planning to ‘return to work’ for what’s likely the 13th month running, the evidence on burnout is overwhelming. A study by the University of Chicago … Continue reading The case for eliminating (most) meetings & how
TheSoul Publishing adopted a ‘no meeting’ policy at their company. They literally took the meme that said–this meeting could have been an email and turned it into reality; or attempted to. For an organization that has over 80% of its employees working remotely and across time-zones, this space was ripe for experimentation. Yet, it didn’t … Continue reading Don’t cancel that meeting
Last week, I wrote about discovering the word for how most of us have been feeling for a while now and accepting the fact that it may be the dominant feeling through the year. Yet, humans being humans are born to fight the status quo and hence the quest to ‘not languish’ continues. Adam Grant … Continue reading We’re languishing, now what?
At the start of the year, there was hope. Despite cynics claiming that it was foolish to believe that we’d seen the worst of the pandemic, 2021 brought with it a glimpse into fool’s paradise. It was in these five seconds of paradise that I coined my word of the year for 2021. Then six … Continue reading Word of the year: Languishing
Two stories and both left an impression on me long before the term ‘The Great Resignation’ began making waves. Last month, my housemate left a well-paying job, his friends and a familiar life to move to an unknown country, join a startup and take a pay cut - all because he decided something needed to … Continue reading The Great Resignation