Black History Month? But I’m Not Black!

William J. Wiggins Culture, Diversity, employee experience 0 Comments

In years past I’ve had employees at my door every Independence Day, Memorial Day, Pride Month, Cinco de Mayo, and St. Patrick’s Day, even Movember, asking, “what are we doing?” “Is the office closing early?” All clamoring to offer ideas on how we would either celebrate, observe, or commemorate the most notable of events surrounding these days. But when it …

If It’s “Unconscious” Bias That’s Better, Right?

William J. Wiggins candidate experience, Diversity, EEO, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, Talent Acquisition

If Nostradamus had made a prediction about the state of equality in the year 2021, it’s likely that he would have predicted equality for all human beings. Yet here we are, in 2021 still struggling with of all things, INEQUALITY. Let’s be honest, the workplace can be a hotspot for biases and discrimination that gives inequality its foundation, starting with …

Dear Team, Stay With Me!

William J. Wiggins Coaching, COVID-19, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Mental Health, politics, Uncategorized

Over the past months, people with seemingly nothing in common bonded together in grassroots efforts across the country over an out-of-control pandemic that is perpetually “rounding the turn”. One thing’s for sure: This has united the masses in ways not seen since the civil-rights movement and there is no turning back. I am the head of HR for a very …

Holistic Leadership During COVID, Politics, And Quite Frankly Everything Else

William J. Wiggins COVID-19, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, employee experience, This Week in HR

Lately I’ve been stressed with a mixture of first world problems, Black people problems, COVID concerns – you name it. There still seems to be the open-ended question if or not Black Lives Matter and I’m fearful for my GenZ and Millennial nephews out in the world trying to survive something akin to hunting season. I’m worried about the future …

What You Won’t Hear At The Diversity Task Force Meeting

William J. Wiggins Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Race

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity extends far deeper than rhetoric. We engage in safe, polite discussion about how to make our workplace environments more diverse, inclusive and equitable while valuing differences, and welcoming everyone regardless of those differences, and so on… We’ve all heard the normal conversation. While it’s a nice tune, it doesn’t take into consideration the deep undertones of …

Your Organization Is On A Political Rollercoaster, Hold on Tight

William J. Wiggins Communication, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Social Responsiblity, Current Affairs, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, politics

From the boardroom to the men’s room; from the chat features of Zoom and Skype to text, employees are engaging in a political jousting of sorts. Unbridled pandemics and ongoing global social injustice protests have changed the rules of political correctness in the workplace. As organizations are declaring their position on racial and social injustice, they have invited more sharing …

Woke Consciousness! The New Pandemic

William J. Wiggins Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Free Speech, George Floyd

In this time of intense protest of extreme social injustice, there is another pandemic that is impacting your organization. It’s called “Woke Consciousness.” Your organization may be emerging from a deep slumber suddenly to realize that there is very little diversity in your executive and manager-level positions or anywhere else for that matter (if you’re Facebook) or that the only …

Where Have All The People Gone?

William J. Wiggins Communication, COVID-19, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Telecommuting

Just months ago, I was sitting around the conference room table with my recruiting team. With coffee in hand, we went about our daily huddles, check-ins, shifting of the work when necessary, celebrating our victories and constantly strategizing about how to draw top talent. Before the virus that conference room was the gathering spot for some of the world’s best …

When HR Staff Becomes Essential

William J. Wiggins Change Management, Communication, Contingent Workforce, Corporate Social Responsiblity, COVID-19, Good HR, Telecommuting

Essential employee: An employee that has been designated as critical because their responsibilities include non-deferrable services that must be performed despite a catastrophic event, a weather emergency, or a public health crisis. An essential employee is one who is vital to meeting operational requirements of the business. Could this be? Human Resources “vital to meeting operational requirements of the business” ? And …

Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck in the Midst of COVID-19

William J. Wiggins Benefits, Compensation/Cash Money, COVID-19, Employee Engagement, Good HR

In the wake of an uncertain future for so many employees as a result of COVID-19 devastation, I encourage HR Leaders everywhere to be sensitive to its impact on our most vulnerable employee groups. Witnessing the impact of the recent temporary business shutdowns and business closures, I am reminded of a previous employee during the great recession of 2007-2008. He …