Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, entrepreneur, and speaker. CNN recognized her as one of the top five career advisers in the United States, and her work has been featured on NPR, The New Yorker, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Vox. She frequently delivers keynote speeches at business and management events around the world and hosts a popular podcast focused on fixing work. She lives with her husband and cats in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A majority of US-based employees are also sheltering in their jobs, waiting out the pandemic until it's safe to look for work elsewhere.17 March 2021
You start with the small stuff to nail the big stuff. For example, in HR, you don't reconfigure your benefits package in totality. Instead, you understand what's happening in smaller moments, like when employees receive their statement of benefits. You need to understand the small moments to successfully address the big moments. We don't have to tackle every part of the country's partisan divide, but we can start to tackle why people use specific words or why they're hostile to certain individuals at work. We can start to have more honest conversations. If we can achieve success in the small moments, we're far better positioned to nail those big moments.17 March 2021
If you are already used to scheduling back-to-back meetings, brainstorms and coffee chats, then slotting personal blocks of time into your calendar will be a breeze. Try scheduling in a half-hour for lunch—away from your desk, an afternoon run, morning meditation or quality time with your children. During these slots, it is best to give priority to physical well-being, such exercise and eating, emotional well-being, such as sleep and vacation days, and pauses between meetings to reset your brain.17 March 2021