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INSIGHTS FOR THE MODERN WORKPLACE


Cancel Culture, Revisited

January 14, 2020 | Rachael Bosch Any good business person will tell you that failures are a necessary ingredient of success. They demonstrate ambition to push limits, resilience against setbacks, and the creativity inherent in trial and error. Yet this same principle is rarely applied to the rules of engagement between co-workers. An isolated slip-up of questionable language, for example, can lead to HR action, and ...

Gather ‘Round the Table, Ya’ll

November 19, 2019 | Rachael Bosch Want to know what I’m thankful for this year? Thanksgiving dinner. But it’s not because the food is delicious (although my sweet potatoes are amazing …). It’s because holiday meals are the perfect testing grounds for mediating disputes.   Think about it. Mediation, when successful, is simply communicating through conflict with the goal of reaching an agreement that lets everyone carry ...

Tis the Season to Be Stressed

October 23, 2019 | Rachael Bosch When you think about it, October really is the start of the holiday season — at least in the workplace. November and December are booked solid with end-of-year corporate events and personal trips, making scheduling a beast and team productivity rare. We’re expected to meet not only our social obligations, but also our billable hours.  So now is the time ...

The Upside of Uncomfortable

September 17, 2019 | Katie Aldrich I used to be a corporate litigator, so I’ve experienced my fair share of uncomfortable situations. As I’ve continued to navigate my career, though, I’ve realized that discomfort is an unavoidable part of every new step I take or goal I set. The good news is, I’ve also discovered a great way to move past this discomfort. No, it’s not ...

Fringe Research: Communication in the Legal Profession

August 21, 2019 | Rachael Bosch After studying civility and workplace communication in the legal profession with the NALP Foundation for over a year, it is time to start putting our finding to work! Check out our article, “An Exploration of Civility within the Legal Industry,” in this month’s issue of the PD Quarterly. To learn more about how we are utilizing this research in practice ...

Where’s the Woke?

July 16, 2019 | Rachael Bosch This June marked one of the most visible observances of Pride Month that our clients have ever seen. The celebration was certainly ubiquitous in my own city of D.C. Rainbow flags appeared not only above the basement bars in Dupont Circle (as usual), but also (for what felt like the first time) as window banners of K Street law offices, ...