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140: Let’s Fix Work by Fixing Ourselves with Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Reuttimann

Work seems broken and at times, unfixable. No matter where you turn, consultants, thought leaders and academics have advice on how companies can make work better (or at least suck less) but yet, toxic workplaces continue.

Today’s guest, Laurie Ruettimann, has a different opinion – we can fix work by fixing ourselves. That means putting yourself first…before the company you work for.

Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur.  She’s been featured on major American media platforms, keynotes events all around the world, founded GlitchPath, an early-stage start-up focused on project management, and started her podcast in April 2018 called “Let’s Fix Work.”

In today’s interview, Laurie tells us why she thinks most jobs suck, why we need to give HR a break and what we can do to fix ourselves. One thing you’ll realize very quickly in my interview is that she is a no nonsense, straight forward kind of person. According to Laurie, if you always hang your hat and your identity on your career, even in a positive way, at some point it’s going to break your heart.

If you’re feeling a tad underappreciated at work, this is a great episode for you!

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Interview highlights (with timestamps):
  • [6:40] What got Laurie interested in fixing work.
  • [11:30] Laurie’s advice for those who want to quit their jobs.
  • [13:25] How we fix work by fixing ourselves.
  • [18:30] Why we need to give HR a break
  • [27:27] The future of HR and how they should work themselves out of a job
  • [29:36] Where wellbeing fits – or does it?
  • [36:30] Laurie’s tangible tip
Mentioned in this episode:

https://laurieruettimann.com/

Let’s Fix Work podcast: https://laurieruettimann.com/podcast/

Full Bio:

Laurie Ruettimann is a former human resources leader turned writer, speaker, and entrepreneur known for her commonsense style and straightforward approach to workforce issues.

Laurie’s career began in 1995 as an HR assistant for Leaf Candy Company, providing operations assistance and recruiting services for an hourly workforce in a manufacturing environment that was heavily unionized and staffed with immigrants from war-torn Bosnia. Since those glorious days, she’s worked at Monsanto, Alberto-Culver (now Unilever), Kemper Insurance (out of business), and Pfizer. Even as her title and compensation grew, she hated her job.

Laurie began blogging in 2004 on a nascent platform called BlogSpot while working at Pfizer, telling stories that would likely get her fired had she been discovered. After laying off thousands of workers and watching her husband lose his job at the same company, she exited corporate America in 2007 to focus her time and attention on writing, speaking, and advising companies on how to make HR better.

Laurie has been featured on major American media platforms such as NPR, The New Yorker, Vox, and CNN. She is the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR, which Forbes named as one of its top 100 websites for women.

She was a contributing editor for The Conference Board Review and a contributor to online ventures such as Mediabistro, AOL, and BusinessInsider.com. Her advice has been featured in a variety of publications including CIO Magazine, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Inc., Men’s Health, Real Simple, The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. CareerBuilder and CNN have recognized her as one of the top five career advisors in the United States.

Laurie keynotes events all around the world. She’s appeared onstage at the 92nd Street Y and Harvard Business School, founded GlitchPath, an early-stage start-up focused on project management, and started a new podcast in April 2018 called “Let’s Fix Work.”

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