My Mental Health Journey

I see a therapist and psychiatrist. I have experienced suicide in my family, and I, too, have considered suicide at the lowest points of...

Standing Up For Yourself In Interviews

I once was interviewing for a job, and they asked me what I make. I said, “In New York that question is technically illegal, but my...

IWD 2020: Thank You, Mom

I was raised by a single mom. She put herself through college and law school with two young children. While in law school, she also...

COVID-19: Hourly Employees

During college, I made $8.00/hour as an office assistant at my university. I made $7.50/hour at my first summer job, working full-time...

The Problem with "Preferred Pronouns"

Allies: Stop saying “preferred pronouns.” They are not preferred. They are not suggested. They are a person’s pronouns. Respect that by...

Authenticity in the Workplace

It can be terrifying to bring your authentic self to work. I grew up in Brandon, Mississippi, a small town located in the most...

Employees Want to be Heard

More than anything, employees want to be heard. They want their feedback and suggestions to not fall on deaf ears. They want to be valued...

Embrace the Fear...

Fear has a negative connotation. But, fear can be powerful if turned into action (Thanks, Susan Jeffers!) Fear seeps in with the unknown...

Yes, We All Have Imposter Syndrome

Yesterday at Knotch, we discussed imposter syndrome as a part of our quarterly mental health initiative. The truth is, we all struggle...

"We Belong Together"

In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of working at companies that have had very identifiable workplace cultures. They all strived for...

HR Isolation

HR people have to be chameleons. We have to be able to adapt to our surroundings. It’s a delicate balance — being approachable and...

Debate in Private; Alignment in Public

Decisions big or small require discourse. That discourse should happen during the decision-making process in a room with designated key...

Not My Hill To Die On

You can ask anyone in my office — I utter the phrase, “That’s not my hill to die on,” multiple times a day. It helps me put things in...

Perfomative Behavior at Work

After I entered the workforce post-college, I quickly realized I was *performing* at work. I was being open about my sexuality. I often...

Say No

Millennials: It is okay to say no. Say no to college, if it’s not for you. Say no to an internship, if it’s unpaid. Say no to a...