Reinventing the "Work Space" & "Corporate Life" as We Know It

Regardless of which side of the remote vs in-office debate you fall on, you must admit — this is an exciting time and opportunity to reinvent work-life, the workspace, and the now trite, "future of work." I can't believe we have this unique opportunity to solve some of the problems we have experienced in recent years with work-life balance and the rise of "always on" work environments. I can't wait to see the different work models and office layouts that come out over the nex

Hiring Managers: Stop With The Cliche Interview Questions

A few weeks ago, I caused *a bit of a stir* when I called for the banning of cover letters. Well (shocking no one) — I have more to say! Reevaluate your interview questions. Do they consist of 3 or more of the following: 🥱 Tell me about yourself. 🥱 What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses? 🥱 Why are you looking to leave your current position? 🥱 What’s your greatest achievement? 🥱 What’s a challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it? 🥱 What would your curren

Remote First Work Culture

For the companies that are shifting from an in-office culture to a remote-first workplace, there are some crucial cultural adjustments that must take place to ensure workplace engagement & employee happiness remain intact. What are some of the ways you are refreshing your culture, adjusting your expectations, and revamping your core values to reflect your new normal? #HR #HumanResources #Diversity #Equity #Inclusion #DEI #People #PeopleOperations #Remote #RemoteFirst #Culture

Getting Emotional at Work

😤 Displaying emotion at work is NOT a weakness. 😤 It’s a strength. 💪 Getting emotional about something shows you care. ✋ Getting passionate about something means you want to make a difference. 👏 Getting upset about criticism shows you heard it. ✊ Getting frustrated during a debate displays the importance of your argument. 👊 Getting tearful when stress is at an all time high is a natural response. 🤲 🚫 Don’t fight emotion. 🚫 Instead: 1. Allow yourself to live in it. 2.

Remote is Our Norm

Knotch recently announced that remote work will now be our norm. That said, we will have an optional workspace in NYC for those that wish to you use it. We are reimagining what that space looks like now. I share this, because I am incredibly proud of the work we have done to remain agile and malleable during this tumultuous time. As leaders, we have consistently pushed to answer questions and concerns, often before they are asked, in an effort to provide security and stabilit

Afforded Time during COVID-19

This week: 👉 Take a mindless walk outside just to take in fresh air 👉 Call a friend or family member you haven’t talked to in a while just to catch up 👉 Cook something from scratch just to see if you can 👉 Start watching a popular tv show that everyone loves just because you never got the chance to watch it before 👉 Write a letter to someone and send it in the mail this week just because We have been afforded time to slow down. We have been afforded time to reconn

Pride Amidst COVID-19

Pride events are cancelled all over the world due to COVID-19. As a queer person this saddens me greatly. The New York Pride parade has always been a breathtaking event for me. Something a queer kid from Mississippi still can't get over witnessing, no matter how old I get. I would love to create a list of pride events that are happening virtually, as a resource for people looking to celebrate. Though we can't be together in person, our reach is widened as we look to celebrate

In-Person Connection

I never realized how much I relied on in-person connection to gauge employee sentiment. Or, how much I relied on spontaneous interaction as a means of keeping my thumb on the pulse on the culture. In the office, when employees didn’t come to me, I could more easily go to them. When situations occurred, I had more visibility. When tensions were high, I could feel it viscerally. I’ve created more frequent office hours, so employees can ask me anything during this crisis and che

"Future Of Work" is Now.

"Future of Work" is no longer some distant concept. It's here. COVID-19 has forced our hand. It has challenged the way businesses operate. It has challenged the way we view work and life (and attempt to balance the two.) It has challenged our very way of life. I believe this is ultimately a good thing. Countless studies have shown that remote work increases employee productivity. The problem was our comfortability with the status quo. While I don't believe every business shou

Stigma Breaking During This Crisis

Now, more than ever, it’s important for People leaders to break stigmas. The stigma around this virus. The stigma around mental health. The stigma around working parents. The stigma around work-life balance. The future of work is no longer a concept. It came overnight, and it’s here to stay. Work and life are no longer separated, and for now and the foreseeable future, they are bonded. People are having to come to work from where they are — mentally, physically, emotionally.

Stir Crazy

If you are like me, you are going a little bit stir crazy. Little actual face time with others. Limited time outside. Lower energy from working from home. I have tried to keep to a morning routine to encourage myself to stay motivated and energized during this trying time. For me, making my bed, showering, getting dressed, making coffee, stretching, and beginning to work at a designated work station (NOT the couch or bed - they are TRAPS) have helped. What routines or ritua

Productivity for Extroverts During the COVID-19 Epidemic

I’m an extrovert. I didn’t realize the extent to which social interaction effects my day to day until this outbreak. Struggling with anxiety and depression, I’ve always known that I don’t do well in isolation, as I tend to spiral with extended lengths of alone time. Being in an encouraged self-isolation has been challenging on my mental state and my productivity. At the same time, as an HR professional, I know it’s important for me to be an example for my company — to boost m