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

William 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 Wiggins Culture, Diversity, Employment Branding and Culture, Race 9 Comments

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 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 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 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 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 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 …

Recruiter Appreciation? That’s Crazy Talk!

William Wiggins Employee Development, employee experience, Hiring Managers, Recognition, Recruitment Marketing, Talent Acquisition, Talent Strategy

Every week in one meeting or another, I witnessed the systemic denigration of recruiting. If the issue was sales were not meeting their goals, it was recruiting’s fault. Customer satisfaction at an all-time low? Blame a recruiter. I believe a recruiter was once blamed for an intertropical convergence zone causing rain; and quite possibly global warming. Enough already! Despite being …

The Perilous Effects of Work-Life Imbalance

William Wiggins Culture, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Uncategorized

Work-life balance “The lack of opposition between work and other life roles. It is the state of equilibrium in which demands of personal life, professional life, and family life are equal.” I had been traversing the United States from coast to coast, California on Monday, Virginia on Tuesday, California again on Wednesday, Arizona on Thursday, Atlanta on Friday, topping off …

Has Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Outlived Its Usefulness? Really?

William Wiggins Diversity, EEO, employee experience, Employee Relations, Employment Law, Engagement and Satisfaction

I was delivering EEOC training when the next slide was Protected Classes. I noticed some quizzical looks and furrowed brows in the audience so I gave a broad definition of Protected Class, and went on to define Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; only the most important federal statute banning discrimination in the workplace.  I went on to explain that …