Category: Business

13
May
2020

The Work From Home Revolution – COVID Edition

The Verge (alternative source: Buzzfeed News) reports that Twitter is extending its work from home (WFH) allowance “forever” should staff choose to continue to do so. They are the latest technology firm that will transition to a culture that fully embraces working from home. Google also announced that they will allow work from home to continue through the end of 2020 at the very least.

Yes, technology firms are generally the tip of the spear when it comes to adopting forward thinking staffing policies. However, they are a good indicator that there will be a mounting push by staff in other companies and industries to allow for the same type of work location flexibility. What will be interesting to see is how organizations that have historically been resistant to remote work adapt to this new reality. Remote work is no longer seen as a perk and instead it is seen as an expectation by staff. Companies that adapt will attract top-tier talent and retain staff more effectively than those that don’t.

As leaders we must look at our company culture and policies and not dwell in the past. The time is now to change the norms of how and where we work. There has never been a better reason to do.

06
May
2020

How to Create a PR Disaster and Make People Hate You: The Frontier Airlines Story

Ars Technica reports about a recent decision by Frontier Airlines to make people pay to potentially avoid contracting COVID-19 or any other disease really. Frontier’s executive team decided, in their infinite wisdom, to charge people $89 for a guaranteed empty middle seat and at the same time force their PR people to try and explain how this is good for their customers (good luck with that). So while social distancing is mandated in many states, Frontier is going to charge you $89 to comply with that mandate. Rather than being thankful they have any passengers at all, they would rather try and force them to pay more in the hope that they can maintain their health both during and after their flight. Classy.

At a time where the nation and world need companies at their best and most socially responsible, Frontier has decided to head in the opposite direction. I appreciate them reminding me why I have not and will not ever fly their airline willingly. Why not go show them some love for their new policy on their Twitter feed.

17
Nov
2019

Surprise! John Legere Won’t Be WeWork CEO

Engadget is reporting that John Legere, while once a possibility floated as the next WeWork CEO, is no longer in the running. Sure the convenient excuse for this is that Softbank is the majority owner in both WeWork and Sprint which T-Mobile is merging with so there is a conflict of interest. I get it, and it is a completely reasonable explanation for why Mr. Legere will not be the next WeWork CEO.

However, I would speculate that he also wants nothing to do with the dumpster fire that is WeWork currently. He would go from the savior of T-Mobile to the CEO of a company that is despised and mired in turmoil. I don’t care how much of a turnaround CEO you are, willfully walking into a company like WeWork right now is not the note you want your career to go out on. Much better to be the person who successfully merges and T-Mobile and Sprint than to be the one that goes down on the WeWork ship.