Well, it’s officially unofficially autumn. Let’s enjoy the smooth slide into crisp color and refreshing breezes.
Before we get to this week’s shares, I want to ask a favor of you. I know you’re busy, but it’s not a favor for me, it’s for someone you know who may be feeling a little blue, a little misunderstood, a little left out. I have no idea who that could be in your world, but I kinda’ think we all have at least one of these people in our circle, heck, it could even be you. So if it’s not you, consider making the outreach. “Just thinking about you, want to chat?” is all it may take to help someone who is feeling the strain of our world feel and function a little bit better. Thanks! And if it is you, just reach out and let’s chat—we’ve all been there.
News for Your Leadership Self
- Have you considered that we’re not really talking about work-life balance for a number of employees—women in particular—but rather work/work balance? That’s because women still spend disproportionate hours doing work around the home, on average, than their male counterparts do in the same home. So when we are talking about the advantages remote work provides to those female workers, this article by Stephanie H. Murry in The Atlantic suggests we rethink the impression it’s all about work/life balance (though it is greatly that too) but that many people who prize working from home do so because it enables them to do their other work: taking care of family members; cleaning, cooking, laundry, etc. with the time they save not commuting. I liked the idea this introduced about work/work balance so I’m sharing.
- If you’ve got Apple devices you can read this one, it’s in Apple News in Conversation and it’s a compilation of insights by journalist Steve Lopez about how to know when it’s time to retire. He’s got a book on the topic, and there’s an interview with Shumita Basu and Steve on the Think Again series on Apple podcasts. Good stuff no matter where you are in your career, so take a listen.
- Should DEI include “B” for belonging? According to this article by Lisa Galloway for Chief, “The renewed emphasis on this term comes with good reason. The feeling of belonging has been shown to have a direct impact on vital business metrics. According to research published at Harvard Business Review, high belonging was linked to a 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk, and a 75% reduction in sick days.”
- I recently shared two articles about people being meaner to each other. This, from Axios, digs into the reasons why. And I’m sharing it here because these are the issues affecting your team that ultimately can have an impact on you and your work. What can we do about it? Let’s make ripples that become the waves. For now, learn more about theories about what’s going on (And when I was copying the link for you, I noticed the story below is about one of my favorite not-for-profits, the Wounded Warrior Project, celebrating its 20th anniversary.)
- You’re not misremembering: there’s new, proposed federal legislation to raise the salary level for overtime exemptions from $35,568 to $55,068, meaning that workers earning up to $55,068 annually will be required to receive overtime pay. SHRM (The Society of Human Resource Managers) has more.
- Pay gap reporting was the first step for many states to increase wage transparency. Now Colorado, Illinois, and New Jersey have laws going into effect or pending that will require employers to tell employees about opportunities that would be promotions for internal staff. Bloomberg has more.