How’s March treating you? So far so good here in Princeton…
Each week I try to surface stories that inspire, inform, and/or spark new thinking among executives looking to lead with confident kindness. This week, I kept coming across stories about workers in some kind of distress.
So, while I try to keep Niki’s Notes upbeat, sometimes the message that keeps coming through to me, that I want to pass along to you isn’t a positive one, but it can lead to positive changes if we work together. And on that note, here we go:
- The big tech layoffs keep making news, but not every industry is letting people go. In fact, many are working hard to retain employees and to recruit new team members. What’s going on? Good read from The New York Times. Lots of stats. (And if you’ve been following my random posts, you know what I think about those copycat big tech layoffs and shareholder value.)
- Check in with the working moms in your company. Their collective story is super challenging and this from Fast Company sums up the why’s.
- You can see I spent a lot of time on Fast Company over the last week or so…. Here’s one more from them. Sunday Scaries are getting worse, it’s not your imagination. What can you do for yourself and your team to address this?
- And to address the Sunday Scaries, this executive recommends “Bare Minimum Mondays”. Would it work for you? Note from Niki: I have been doing a version of this for the last year and it does help me manage the conflicting challenges that seem to be barking at the door as soon as the clock strikes Monday. Happy to talk about it with you, but in the meantime, check out this from Business Insider.
- We’re all noticing Gen Z is quite different from the generation before them. Here’s a snippet from an interview with a branding expert who is a GenZer himself. Truly brilliant points, here’s a snippet from the full interview:
“The reason I think this generation has currently and deserves a different type of focus is their ability to exert their own influence. Thanks to technology, a 12-year-old has the same ability as a 45-year-old does to influence culture—maybe even a greater one because of their familiarity with technology. Platforms like TikTok, Twitter, and Instagram mean anyone can go viral.
On the flip side of that, they have access, but this generation has been on the receiving end of more information at a faster rate than any generation before. It’s impacted their mental health and the way they behave. Everything is changing at a faster and faster rate.”
For me, that really hit home. So much news about mental health issues and workplace stress for everyone, but the rest of us have a pre-Covid work world framework to reference. Younger employees, not so much. Let’s raise our consciousness on this and think about new ways to help them help us help them. (Thank you, Jerry Maguire.)