Bella DuBalle was visiting her parents’ farm in Cedar Grove, Tennessee, earlier this month when she got the news that Governor Bill Lee had signed into law a ban on gender-affirming healthcare for transgender children as well as a ban on “adult-oriented performances” in front of minors from artists including “male and female impersonators,” i.e. drag performers. DuBalle, a professional drag queen based in Memphis, immediately saw through what Lee proposed as protective measures for children for what’s really going on: a blatant attempt to further marginalize and erase the LGBTQ+ community. “To me, it was a very concise message to queer Tennesseans that we don’t want you here,” says DuBalle, who’s been doing drag for 10 years. “[I thought], is my livelihood in danger? Are my trans siblings in danger? Am I going to be able to keep providing a safe space for queer youth? It was a lot.” So DuBalle packed up that same morning and headed back to Memphis to start … [Read more...] about How Memphis drag queen Bella DuBalle is fighting back against Tennessee’s anti-drag law
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Gen Z kinda wants to return to the office, but everyone else doesn’t. Why you need to meet in the middle
You’d think that most of us wouldn’t swap the convenience of working from home for the days of Monday-Friday commutes. But the newest working generation, Gen Z (b. 1997-2012), wants the option to go back into the office for a work/life we older workers might’ve had. The one that involved social connection, the sounds and smells (sans the microwaved fish from last night’s leftovers), and hands-on collaboration found in working face-to-face. By trying to balance older generations with Gen Z, are we thrusting people into working environments without any consideration of the long-term consequences? Here’s why we have to meet in the middle. The oldest Gen Zer is only 26 and at most, has a couple of years of pre-pandemic work experience under their belt. They hope to see the future of work differently than their older colleagues. In an Axios survey , when asked what they’ll miss out on if continuing to work remotely, 74% of young people say the office community, and 41% … [Read more...] about Gen Z kinda wants to return to the office, but everyone else doesn’t. Why you need to meet in the middle
How skilled teams from emerging markets can change the face of tech
Before Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, the billionaire made headlines for ordering Tesla employees to return to the office at least 40 hours a week. Google and Apple followed suit not long after, demanding at least three days in the office per week. The companies defended their decision by citing a loss of social capital when employees primarily work from home. Things like training junior employees, in-person team meetings, and serendipitous teamwork, they argue, simply can’t be had in remote work environments. To some extent and depending on the company and work, it could certainly be true that companies lose a degree of social capital if they operate fully remotely. But that’s probably mostly because remote work as a company policy is such a new phenomenon that most executives simply haven’t had the time to adapt work flows and procedures to maximize productivity and ensure there isn’t social-capital leakage. The expansion in remote and hybrid work offers so many … [Read more...] about How skilled teams from emerging markets can change the face of tech
Companies At The Edge Of Chaos: Why HR Must Embrace Data Beyond Surveys To Reinvent Organizations
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin As the way we live, operate and work start to change for good in the new century, organizations are searching for ways to become more future-ready . CEOs are fiercely pushing the dial on several organizational elements with the intention to make numbers grow while CHROs are working diligently to meet changing requirements without breaking the system. The question continues to linger in the back of today’s professional’s minds is whether one can actually transform organizations at the edge of chaos by simply pushing forward. Despite the efforts, research suggests the business-as-usual approach rather results in an organizational paralysis filled by thousands of confused and consumed people being pulled and pushed in multiple directions. Therein lies the current challenge for practitioners: Today’s organizations are set up with traditional structures, operating and management tactics such as coordination, hierarchy, matrix, … [Read more...] about Companies At The Edge Of Chaos: Why HR Must Embrace Data Beyond Surveys To Reinvent Organizations
The collaborative spirit behind Netflix’s From Scratch success
Dr. Winteringham, Via Ortolano, Dott, Ronaldo Muscarella. These are the characters, street names, and public signs in From Scratch . Details unnoticed by viewers that are deeply resonant for the cast and crew. The names belong to their loved ones who have passed or impacted their lives in a meaningful way. They’re also a manifestation of cocreators and sisters Attica and Tembi Locke’s vision for the series they produced with Hello Sunshine for Netflix. I was moved to tears reading From Scratch— Tembi’s love story with her late husband, Saro, amid his decade-long battle with cancer—and was curious how she approached such an intimate collaboration. The collection of names represent her intention that the show reflect everyone’s story, not just her own. Here, she shares the spirit of openness that earned them Netflix’s coveted number one spot. Fast Company: You unknowingly offered me wisdom that kept me committed to a creative risk: Risk-taking is a process of … [Read more...] about The collaborative spirit behind Netflix’s From Scratch success
The biggest mistake to avoid when your coworker is grieving—and what to do instead
“How did he die? Was it a heart attack? Do you know when he died? Did you do an autopsy?” Three weeks after my father died suddenly six years ago, I was back at work. I was trying to stay busy, trying to find some sense of a “new normal,” trying to start this next chapter of my life without my dad in it. And in my very first interaction back in the office with my boss at the time, he inundated me with questions. He wouldn’t stop asking me how my dad had died, wanting all the details. I didn’t want to answer any of his questions. And yet because I felt so exhausted by the grief I was experiencing, I relented. I sat there addressing his questions one by one. And as I provided those answers, I was reexperiencing the trauma of my dad’s death. This is one of the biggest mistakes we make when trying to support coworkers who just lost someone they love: asking them how the person died. No matter how curious you are, this is not the time to become an investigative journalist. … [Read more...] about The biggest mistake to avoid when your coworker is grieving—and what to do instead
It’s time we talk honestly about grief in the workplace
I’ve been living with grief most of my life. I lost my mother to a long battle with multiple sclerosis in my early 20s. I lost my father to cancer in my early 30s. I lost my brother , the last remaining member of my immediate family, to addiction in my late 30s. My experience isn’t unique. We’ve all lost loved ones. We all carry the scars of grief, heartbreak, and loss. And yet, despite the fact that death is a part of life, we rarely discuss it candidly. That lack of openness creates a stigma that isolates those grieving in their greatest time of need. This is especially true when it comes to work—a place where we spend so much of our lives. In these settings, we’re expected to compartmentalize our feelings and carry on. As more companies embrace mental health as a fourth pillar of employee benefits, it’s time they factor in grief in all its forms into their programs. Grief-specific training for managers. Rethinking bereavement policies. Support systems for … [Read more...] about It’s time we talk honestly about grief in the workplace
Employee performance reviews are (still) B.S.
“The Only Black Guy in the Office” is copublished with Levelman.com . A few years back, I wrote about a shitty performance review experience at a former employer. Day Ones may remember this. Back then, I felt strongly that performance reviews were merely performance theater, with gaslighting as the main attraction. As the only Black guy in the office , that feeling was deeply ingrained in my soul. Here is how it would happen: I’d outline my projects and share an assessment of my overall performance. My manager would probably agree with some of it, disagree with other parts, and then try to point out “growth areas” that were not within the scope of my responsibilities like getting involved in extracurricular office activities . Sigh. By the time my manager was finished, I’d leave with a pat on the back, a standard pay bump, or maybe even a promotion , which was more than likely a year overdue. I hated performance reviews, full stop. But as a manager who … [Read more...] about Employee performance reviews are (still) B.S.
Why Employers Forcing A Return To Office Is Leading To More Worker Power And Unionization
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Angry and dismayed Amazon employees are pushing back against the recently-announced return to office policy by the Amazon leadership. Amazon's policy joins other high-profile companies such as Disney, Starbucks, Tesla, Google, and others that are forcing employees back to the office. Some are claiming they need to do so for the sake of productivity. For example, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, claimed that those working remotely only " pretend to work " and are "phoning it in." Others say you need to be in the office to innovate: Disney's CEO Bob Iger demanded the return to the office because "nothing can replace the ability to connect, observe, and create with peers that comes from being physically together." So what explains the situation? As a globally-known expert in the field of hybrid and remote work , I have seen firsthand how working remotely, whether part of the week or full-time, enables worker … [Read more...] about Why Employers Forcing A Return To Office Is Leading To More Worker Power And Unionization
Will Pentagon Rush To Buy Ammo Advance New “Open Energetics Architecture” Technologies?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin If there is an industrial sector that is ripe for innovation, America’s long-neglected munitions industrial base is it. Largely ignored since the mid-1950’s, the U.S. energetics industry—the foundation of every explosive device in the military—has withered away, suffering from customer disinterest, an ever-growing regulatory load, and a perception that other countries were better fits for the complex, dirty, and outright dangerous business of munitions design and manufacture. As U.S. munitions workers toiled, working in backwater, World War II-era manufacturing facilities, China and the rest of the world moved ahead, bringing new energetics technologies and industrial facilities online. And now, as America rushes to meet demand and races to manufacture more legacy munitions, the Pentagon will struggle to bring modern materials and methods into the Nation’s munitions development pipeline. Given Russia’s invasion of … [Read more...] about Will Pentagon Rush To Buy Ammo Advance New “Open Energetics Architecture” Technologies?