Category: Simply Good

Simply Good: Closing the Gender Pay Gap

Equal Pay Day caught us by surprise this year! Established to raise awareness of the gender pay gap, this symbolic day has historically been celebrated in April to show how far into the year a woman must work to match a man’s pay from the previous year. At first glance, an earlier observance in March may infer that substantial progress has been made to close that gap. Before we deem our mission accomplished, however, we should dig a little deeper.

As with everything else, 2020 changed the metrics. Could it be that larger numbers of women with lower-paying jobs lost them due to the pandemic? The unprecedented circumstances of last year could make it seem as though we are further along than we truly are. Let us not be so focused on what “seems” to be good that we keep blinders on to the struggle that remains.

That being said, we shouldn’t discount the real progress that is being made. Read on to learn about the strides that are pushing the needle further towards equitable pay, a fundamental right that is purely and simply good. 

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Simply Good: Celebrating Women

Every March 8, International Women’s Day is celebrated to honor the social and political achievements of women around the world. Originally dubbed “National Woman’s Day” in New York City in 1909, the holiday was established worldwide in 1911, when millions of people across Europe organized parades and demonstrations, demanding the right to vote for women.

Today, women are still fighting for the right to be seen and heard, but, for some, the fight looks a little different. The articles we’ve selected this month highlights women who have fought their way to success in male-dominated industries. Through sheer grit and perseverance, these women are flipping norms every day, and that is always worth celebrating.

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Simply Good: Big Changes Ahead, Plus the Big Announcement I Promised!

Phew! A lot has happened since our last Simply Good, which came out the day before the insurrection in the US Capitol. Since then we’ve seen our new administration take action after action to make progress for our country. A lot happened in January (does anyone else feel like it lasted for six months?). Now we’re in February and this is a letter about good news… and I have BIG, GOOD news to share today:
 
My book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work is coming out on March 30th!!!
 
This book is the next crucial step in my mission to make a difference for all by removing bias in hiring, leadership, and, well, everywhere. It provides tools for actively removing barriers and ensuring equity throughout your organization, and draws on decades of experience and research. UNBIAS is an ‘action manual’ to equip you to make a change in both your organization and your life.
 
I’m so EXCITED about the release of UNBIAS that I’m giving away three free months of LinkedIn Learning to the first 25 people who pre-order the book by February 15th. Just forward your receipt to [email protected] and you’ll not only get the resources provided in my book, but you’ll also gain access to thousands of skill-building courses available through LinkedIn for free!

As we are recognizing Black History month, we chose a handful of stories that focus on some big changes that are already happening or on the horizon. From the Oval Office to a century-old sport, moves are being made to propel the diversity and inclusion movement forward. Let’s do our part to keep that momentum going!

 

Simply Good: Change The World

Happy New Year!

So far 2021 feels a lot like 2020, Volume 2. In prior years, we spent our Januaries starting new wellness routines and committing to writing that great American novel. This year, we’re just hoping to send our kids back to school or dine out without a mask.

Yes, because of our current circumstances, our goals will look different this year, but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Maybe this year is less about what you set out to accomplish, and more about how you inspire others.

Your world, your country, your neighbors—they’re all looking for bright spots in this dark continuum. What can you do to empower, build-up and support those in your circle of influence? When we look at our skills and resources in this new light, it changes the way we see the world, and expands the ways we can impact it. 

All of our articles this month tell of high-impact stories that all started somewhere small. Every revolutionary movement started with an observation, an idea and a question: “What can I do about it?” We hope this collection inspires you and spurs you on to inspire others in 2021.

 

Simply Good: Year In Review

What. A. Year.

Of course, I don’t have to tell you that. We’ve all walked through a global pandemic, social unrest, economic crisis, and a highly-charged and divisive presidential election. When 2020 makes it into our history books, it will no doubt be a lengthy chapter.

However, we get to choose what posture we’ll take moving forward. We can dwell in the muck and the mire of an unprecedented year, or we can reflect on the goodness, tenacity, and revolutionary changes that have resulted from, or in spite of, these unfathomable circumstances. 

We at Rework Work are choosing the latter, which is why we’ve collected Simply Good’s top 10 articles of 2020. These stories are great reminders that trials can produce perseverance based on how we handle them, and with perseverance we can do powerful things.

 

Simply Good: Native American Heritage Month

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Native American Heritage Month, an observance established in 1990 to honor the history, traditions, and contributions of the Native American people.

As the original inhabitants of our country, it’s impossible to consider our own histories independent of the influence of the American Indian culture. This month’s collection of articles provide an opportunity to appreciate, understand, preserve, and celebrate the rich legacy of indigenous peoples.

 

Simply Good: Global Diversity Month

October is Global Diversity Month, a time to honor the many ways we are unique, and acknowledge how those differences make the world better.

Just as the term ‘diversity’ covers a vast breadth of differences in thought, traits, and passions, so also is our collection of articles in this month’s newsletter, since it’s also LGBTQ+ History Month as well as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Our hope is that, by perusing these articles, you are inspired to continue searching and learning about those who view the world differently than you, and how a pivot in your perspective can change everything.

Simply Good: Celebrating Diversity in September

Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year, is considered one of the holiest days in the Jewish culture. Meaning “head of the year,” Rosh Hashanah commemorates God’s creation of the world and marks the beginning of the Days of Awe, a 10-day period of reflection and repentance that culminates in Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement.

These “High Holy Days” are steeped in symbolic elements and rituals that go all the way back to the time of Moses. The more I learn about these traditions the more I see their relevance, even for those of us who aren’t Jewish. Who wouldn’t benefit from intentionally setting aside time to be grateful, reflective and to make amends where we need to?

September is also Hispanic Heritage Month, a commemoration established in 1988 to celebrate the history and influence of Hispanic Americans. Although events and festivities will look different this year, many places across the nation (and even the world) have developed creative and engaging ways to pay tribute to Hispanic culture.

We hope that you enjoy this month’s selection of articles. By growing in our understanding and appreciation of these diverse cultures, we are given an opportunity to see the world in a new way. With all that 2020 has brought us thus far, who couldn’t use a fresh set of lenses?

Simply Good: BLM Positive Impacts

Seven years ago, #BlackLivesMatter was founded in response to the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin and the subsequent acquittal of his killer. What initially started as a homegrown mission to eradicate anti-black racism and state-sanctioned violence has become a global movement that strives for freedom and justice for black people around the world.

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been steadily growing since its inception, but there’s something that feels different about this point in our history. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer, the rallying cry for the end of systemic racism is ringing louder, and more people, businesses, and those in positions of power are listening.

The following articles are intended to showcase some of the progress that’s being made as a result of the BLM movement. In addition, if all you know about BLM is what you’ve heard in the news or seen on social media, we hope to also challenge you to learn more.

Visit Black Lives Matter to understand their mission and see the whole picture. While you’re there, check out the #WhatMatters2020 campaign, an effort to mobilize BLM supporters to vote for real change this November. 

PS – My book UNBIAS: Addressing Unconscious Bias At Work is now available! UNBIAS is a tool to create healthy, inclusive, and equitable workplaces. Order your copy here.

Free Resources to Combat Bias at Work


Here you’ll find a list of resources from LinkedIn Learning — now available for free — that review current thinking and best practices on essential diversity, inclusion and belonging topics such as bias, allyship and accountability.

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Tentative Agreement Would Ban Chokeholds, Neck Restraints by Minneapolis Police


The Minneapolis Police Department will ban officers from using chokeholds and neck restraints and strengthen the requirements for officers to intervene if a colleague is using excessive force under a new deal negotiated between the city and the state.

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No-Knock Warrants Banned in Louisville in Law Named for Breonna Taylor


The Louisville, Ky., Metro Council has voted unanimously to ban no-knock warrants. The legislation was titled Breonna’s Law, in honor of a woman who was killed during a raid on her home earlier this year.

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Confederate Statues Are Coming Down Following George Floyd’s Death – Here’s What We Know


The death of George Floyd is leading to the removal — by protesters in some cases and city leaders in others — of contentious statues that have riled some residents for decades, if not longer.

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Reddit Names Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel as Alexis Ohanian’s Replacement


Reddit has named Y Combinator CEO Michael Seibel to its board of directors. In addition to running the well-known accelerator, Seibel also co-founded the live streaming company Justin.tv before it transformed into Twitch.

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How Black Lives Matter Changed the Way Americans Fight for Freedom


Freedom fighters around the globe commemorate July 13 as the day that three Black women helped give birth to a movement. In the five short years since #Black LivesMatter arrived on the scene — thanks to the creative genius of Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometti — the push for Black liberation from state-inflicted violence has evolved into one of the most influential social movements of the post-civil rights era. 

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New DE&I Roles Spike After Racial Justice Protests


Job openings for diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) roles surged after the nationwide protests that followed the death of George Floyd in late May.

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SHRM Names Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity


Members of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity have been named as part of Together Forward @Work, a new multipronged initiative of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Launched this week, the initiative is focused on addressing racial inequality in the workplace.

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Starbucks Flips: Employees Can Now Wear Black Lives Matter Attire

 

After a torrent of social media backlash Thursday evening following a report that employees were banned from wearing clothing or accessories that mentions the Black Lives Matter movement, Starbucks announced Friday it not only would allow staffers to don BLM attire, the company would make 250,000 specialty shirts supporting the movement.


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Simply Good: Beauty from Ashes

After four months of shelter-in-place (and even longer for some countries around the world), it may seem impossible to see the light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. But what if we paused for a moment to look for the rays of light that are breaking through the darkness each and every day?

The mission of this month’s newsletter is to help us do just that. Against all odds, beautiful things are coming out of the ashes of this unprecedented time in world history. Though unable to meet in person, people are still uniting in spirit and purpose to care for one another in creative ways. Some businesses are focusing on their people more than their bottom line. Goodness and hope are all around us, even in the darkest of times—we just need the courage to look.

Consider these articles a jump start on your pursuit. We would love to hear about anything else you find!

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