Today’s guest blog post is written by our board member, Andy Brantley. Andy is President and CEO of CUPA-HR.
When was the last time you were involved in an event or activity that caused you to look around and think, “I am so fortunate to be here?” To be honest, I never really thought about this very much until recently.
A few “I am so fortunate to be here” moments for me during the last several months:
- Getting to hike in and out of the Grand Canyon with one of my sons;
- Hiking in Zion National Park (and experiencing one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen);
- Seeing hundreds of wild azaleas in bloom during a hike to Gregory’s Bald in the Smoky Mountains;
- Running along the shore of a local lake as the morning fog lifted;
- Spending time with friends and family on my screened porch;
- Successfully finishing an intense P90X plyometrics workout without feeling like I was going to throw up;
- Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the move of the CUPA-HR national office from DC to Knoxville;
- Participating in this year’s Association Leadership Program with CUPA-HR’s national, regional and chapter leaders from across the country;
- Seeing CUPA-HR’s new learning framework “come to life” through the programming for the upcoming annual conference in Las Vegas;
- Having a friend and colleague tell me how much CUPA-HR has impacted her personally and professionally.
I could list a few more examples, but the point for me is that I am trying to do a better job of enjoying and embracing important moments at and away from work. The event or activity does not have to be as “grand” as hiking the Grand Canyon. The point is that we stop the speeding train that is our life long enough to acknowledge and enjoy the ride!
We HR types have talked about work/life balance for years, but for me it’s not as much work/life balance as it is a commitment to enjoying the things I do at and away from work. Not every portion of my work role is enjoyable (being stuck in an airport for hours) and not every part of my life away from work is enjoyable (my house is always clean, but I hate housecleaning). But I can tell you that I approach every day with a “my cup is AT LEAST half full” attitude and that I continue my quest for those “I am so fortunate to be here” moments. I challenge you to come up with your own list of “I am so fortunate to be here” moments from the last few months and to commit to continuing to seek more of these moments every single day.
This week I spoke with my Workforce Institute colleagues Sue Meisinger and Andy Brantley about the Working Families Flexibility Act currently making its way through Congress. If passed, this Act would enable private sector employers to offer comp time in lieu of overtime pay to their hourly workers. This has been the case for public sector employees since 1985.
This change would represent a significant change to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) for private sector employers and workers, and the bill has generated a lot of public debate about whether passage of this Act is good or bad for those workers. Proponents believe this Act will provide workers with needed flexibility. Detractors believe this is ultimately an anti-worker bill that will result in employers avoiding overtime pay that their workers are due.
Both Sue and Andy have given this legislation a fair amount of consideration in recent weeks. Andy testified before Congress in support of the bill, and Sue wrote about it in this week’s HRE online. Both are skeptical it will ultimately become law. During our conversation, we discussed the following questions:
- Does the Act give workers flexibility in trading overtime for comp time or does it further erode protections previously given to America’s workers by robbing them of overtime pay as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act?
- Unions have come out against the bill – why?
- Whether this bill passes or not, what are best practices employers can use to provide better flexibility to working families?
You can download and listen to a podcast of our conversation here:
Discussion with Andy Brantley and Sue Meisinger about the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013
If you’d like to learn more about the Act, you can find a collection of supporting documents here.
You may also want to check in on the objections cited by detractors in articles from the Huffington Post, the New York Times, and The Atlantic.
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I had a great conversation this week with our board member, Andy Brantley. Andy is the CEO of CUPA-HR, and spends a lot of his time helping HR professionals in higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections they need to achieve organizational and workforce excellence.
Andy contributed a chapter to our latest book, Elements of Successful Organizations, regarding what organizations can do to find and develop the leaders they need now – and in the future. In it, he discusses the challenges that organizations face in a VUCA world; i.e. one characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. He posits that leaders who can manage successfully in the VUCA world need not only time-tested skills like the ability to learn, assimilate and build, but also the ability to embrace new technologies and techniques like smart mob organizing to unleash the power of their teams and organizations.
Of course you should read the book. But if you’d like to hear from the author himself, you can listen in on our discussion here: June 11 Discussion with Andy Brantley