Hazard Ahead: Staffing and Retention in a “Hybrid” Workplace

As employers consider bringing their teams back into the office, they’re thinking about safety, legal compliance, technology, equipment. But what might not be on their minds? Employee engagement and well-being. And that’s a big mistake.  It’s a dangerous fallacy to assume that the employees you sent home in March 2020 are the same ones coming back into the office, even …

The Self-Care Guide for Hustlers

There’s nothing like a global pandemic to up a person’s hustle game. In 2020 many of us set up home offices for the first time and had fewer reasons to leave the house, so it became normal to put in long hours toward a career (or fun new side gig) to stay busy. While challenging ourselves has many benefits, it’s …

Stepping Out of Email Jail

At Fringe PD, we practice what we preach and we are always learning and growing. Many of our clients and colleagues have expressed concern about the ever-present expansion of our working hours. As someone recently said to us, we no longer work at home, it feels more like we live at work. We know that people do their best, most …

Quarantined but communicating effectively

This past December, Fast Company announced that 2020 would be the year of working remotely. Well, the magazine’s editors may be right about that — but not for the reasons they expected. Instead, growing concerns about Covid-19 have prompted many organizations, both global and domestic, to start talking about protocols for sending their workforces home and ways they can maintain high levels of operability should …

Gather ‘Round the Table, Ya’ll

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

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

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 …

Thank U, Next

Does anyone else feel as if 2018 flew by you like a cargo truck on the highway while you were chugging along on a unicycle? The year was, let’s face it, faster and furious(er) than many of us were ready for. The world around us seems to be changing at a frighteningly quick pace, and everyone I know is just …