December 23, 2021
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter, where we share the latest tips, tools and insights to help you stay informed about the modern tech office. Today: Allyship, the 2021 Protocol cookbook and managing holiday email.
Dictionary.com’s word of the year is “allyship.” Some might be surprised to find that prior to last month, the word was not listed on the search site. While “ally” was included, the company recognized the word “allyship” has evolved over the years to have a more nuanced and specific meaning, John Kelly, the site’s associate director of content and education, told The Associated Press. It's something many leaders within some of the largest tech companies have realized as well.
What employees expect from their places of work has evolved. Employees want support, opportunities and, well … allyship. Y-Vonne Hutchinson, CEO and founder of DEI consulting firm ReadySet, said she’s observed this increased interest in allyship in the workplace firsthand through her work in the field.
So what does allyship mean in the context of the workplace today? It’s about action and putting some “skin in the game,” Hutchinson told Protocol.
Hutchinson said there are examples leaders can follow for promoting a culture of active allyship as we head into 2022. In her forthcoming book, “How to Talk to Your Boss About Race,” she focuses on the idea of engaging in collective action.
Protocol has spent much of the year tracking how tech leaders have promoted environments of allyship and inclusion.
So what comes next for leaders to continue being active allies for their employees?
Every year, Workplace and weird things reporter Anna Kramer asks leaders in tech what they’re cooking this holiday season. In our second annual Protocol cookbook, workers in and around the tech industry share their favorite recipes. If you don’t find something in this year’s holiday cookbook, read last year’s. If you have a recipe for next year’s cookbook, email Anna. Need more inspiration? Check out Anna’s family Instagram, where various members post pictures of the food they cook.
Michael Pryor, co-founder of Trello (now a part of Atlassian), explains what he's learned along the way and his advice for other companies that are looking to build a truly collaborative culture that keeps employees feeling connected — from wherever they choose to work.
It’s the last productivity tip of the year. I’ve been wracking my brain and scouring the internet trying to find the perfect topical hack for you. Something about New Years’ resolutions, or spicing up out-of-office messages. But I stumbled upon this Inc article and decided I wanted to share it with you.
If you’re anything like me, drafting your short and sweet out-of-office message is top of mind right now. But what’s likely not top of mind is how many emails you will return to following the holidays. Communication software company Front collected email data from the past few years to offer a glimpse into what people’s inboxes will look like when they return to their desks in the new year. Here are the holiday email trends Front found in its analysis.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
How one person who quit their job during the Great Resignation is thinking about her next role.
An interesting podcast interview with Bracken Darrell about how Logitech is going all-in on work-from-home and keeping up with the demand.
Some last-minute tech gifts for last-minute holiday shoppers. You know who you are.
Thoughts, questions, tips? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great holiday, we’ll see you in 2022.