I’m not about to compare myself to Alexander Hamilton. Frankly, all I know of banking can be summed up in two little words: “Overdrawn? Again?” But there’s a recurring line in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s depiction of that particular founding father that I can relate to:
…writing and writing, like you’re running out of time!
After all, I make my living writing and writing, and very often I am running out of time. Maybe not in the existential sense Miranda intended. I may not be leading a revolution, building a new nation, or facing off in a duel with Aaron Burr, but I do have deadlines. And those can be pretty scary, too.
So if you haven’t seen my blog in a while, it’s not because I haven’t been writing, it’s because I’ve been writing in partnership with others. And I’d like to use this post to give a shout-out to some of those others, and show you some of what I’ve been writing or collaborating on.
- Respectful Exits is an advocacy organization founded by renowned workplace expert Paul Rupert to promote age-inclusive employment practices. It provides tools for employers and employees alike to ensure aging workers are treated with respect and given the tools and opportunities they need to work as long as they can and want—and then, if they wish, to phase into retirement. Just now, however, with an election looming, Paul is laser-focused on getting the word out about Social Security—the outsize role it plays in many older people’s basic survival, how inadequate it is to play this role, and what exactly is at stake in the upcoming election. I’ve been working on a variety of projects with Paul for years, and now is no exception; here are a couple of the blogs I helped him put together: Social Security Embodies Inequality, Seven Dangerous Social Security Myths—and the Truth
- Frontline Careers is an exciting new start-up dedicated to connecting frontline workers with employers that understand their worth—and treat them accordingly. The company is developing a jobsite along the lines of Indeed, but not only will it focus specifically on frontline jobs, it will require employers to be “Frontline-Friendly Certified” in order to post openings. I’ve been privileged to collaborate with Frontline on a number of blogs—here are two: Portrait of an American Frontline Worker, What does it mean to be a Frontline-Friendly Company?
- FlexPaths is a workplace consultancy that just celebrated 15 years helping organizations of all sizes and industries with workplace mobility, change management, and culture change. Not surprisingly, 2020—the year that catapulted remote work from rarified to mainstream—has been a busy year for FlexPaths. I interviewed CEO Meryl Rosenthal to find out more about what this year’s workforce and workplace upheavals might mean for the future. You can find that piece, How Companies Can Transform the Way Companies Think About Human Capital, on the articles page of Flexpaths’ website.
It’s nice to be able to share some of the work I’ve been able to do with and for these inspiring organizations. Much of the time, the work I do as part of Robin Hardman Communications is proprietary. For example, right now, I’m settling into this year’s “Great Place to Work” busy season, helping companies showcase how they’ve handled employees and company culture during an impossibly difficult year, in order to lay claim to a place on next spring’s Fortune “Best Places to Work” list. But with luck, I’ll be able to save a little time for blogging, both with various partners and on my own. Heck, it beats being bested in a duel.
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