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Can holidays be disruptive? (At least one company says yes)


Nearly four billion people worldwide tuned in for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on September 19. King Charles III declared the day a bank holiday for the U.K., and because the monarch is still regarded as the de facto head of state for Australia, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese echoed the declaration. However, not all Australians chose to observe the memorial for the longest reigning monarch in history.

For First Nations Australians — the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who lived in Australia prior to British Colonization — the mourning period has been a “difficult and painful reminder of the impact of colonization” according to Linda Burney, the Minister for Indigenous Australians.

Our Simply Good article highlights one Melbourne-based company that allowed their employees to choose if they wanted to observe the holiday or not. The decision has sparked widespread conversations that are challenging employers to disrupt their traditional thinking about holidays and consider allowing employees to observe holidays based on what they value most.

Last week also encompassed Black Women’s Equal Pay Day in the United States. Check out my latest Simply Diversity article for three reasons why equal pay doesn’t actually matter (say what?).

Speaking of “disrupting,” I am kicking off my series of weekly DEI Town Halls with the theme of “Disrupt” beginning October 5th! Check out What’s Happening for more details about these events.

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA

Rework Work CEO

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Should We Be Able to Swap Public Holidays That Don’t Fit Our Values? Clothing the Gaps Says Yes

Melbourne-based store Clothing the Gaps is sparking widespread conversation about employers allowing their employees to choose which public holidays they want to observe.


Here Are Three Reasons Equal Pay Doesn’t Matter

We can’t talk about equal pay without talking about equal advancement opportunities. If Black women (or any underestimated group) aren’t getting a job in the first place, there’s nothing to be equally compensated for.

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#WorkTogether: LinkedIn Live Townhall Events 

Join me on LinkedIn every week in October for free, live, content-rich Townhall events.

Quiet quitting, quiet firing, back-to-the-office mandates, flex work, mass resignations, and how to retain CDOs are just some of the topics we’re going to address in our series of Town Halls.

Starting with our DEI Townhall on October 5th, followed by conversations with HR, ERG, and Talent experts, our goal is to surface pathways for moving forward. Instead of being divisive, it’s time to find ways for all company stakeholders to #WorkTogether.

Join me and an ever-changing panel of experts as we surface pathways for moving forward. Instead of being divisive, it’s time to find ways for all company stakeholders to #WorkTogether.

Join us again on October 11th where we will continue the conversation with our HR thought leaders with a goal to surface pathways for moving forward.

Not yet a member of Rework Work’s online community? Join us for full access to even more resources that will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace.

Can holidays be disruptive? (At least one company says yes)
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