But some of it was funny: Adieu to 2021 with Rob Stefanovic

Rob Stefanovic, Head of Marketing Acceleration at Zenefits
Dec 22, 2021

2021 was filled with unprecedented disruptions, especially for HR professionals. From the Great Resignation to navigating hybrid work, it has been heavy. In this special episode, we flip the script to leave the year with something decidedly lighter. Our friend Rob Stefanovic, Head of Marketing Acceleration here at Zenefits, joins us to offer his humorous […]

2021 was filled with unprecedented disruptions, especially for HR professionals. From the Great Resignation to navigating hybrid work, it has been heavy. In this special episode, we flip the script to leave the year with something decidedly lighter.

Our friend Rob Stefanovic, Head of Marketing Acceleration here at Zenefits, joins us to offer his humorous reflections on the year. We hope it brings you a smile and a little optimism as we look forward to 2022.

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On this episode, you’ll hear: 

  • Rob’s commentary on yet another unprecedented year
  • Humorous reflections that will leave you laughing
  • A glimmer of hope for 2022

Transcript

Didi: POPS! the People Ops Podcast from Zenefits, the only show dedicated to small businesses, sharing stories, pivotal people, moments. I’m your host Didi D’Errico what a ride. 2021 was filled with unprecedented disruptions for life. And especially for HR professionals from the great resignation to navigating the in-person.

Oh, no, we’re remote. Oh, wait. We’re hybrid. Maybe we’re going to be in personal debate. It has been really heavy in this special episode. We flip the script to leave the year with something decidedly less. We’ve invited our friend romps to fond of edge, back to offer his very humorous reflections on the year.

That is just wrapping. We hope it brings you a smile and maybe some levity and even a little optimism as we get ready for 2022. 

Rob: Well, hello, Robin nation to XY Rob, your fearless leader and the pops podcast, employee and residents back from a long unemployment benefits fueled hiatus to weigh in on the year.

That is about to be was 20 21, 20 21. We had such high hopes. It seems like only yesterday that we were counting down the minutes until we could bury 20, 20, like Facebook photos of our old cringy Halloween costumes and welcome your arrival and the return to the good old days when you could coffin someone’s face without becoming a serial killer, instead of hooray, it’s over, we got hold my beer and another grinding year of pants, optional workdays eating meals off the front porch and more zoom meetings than a Snyder cut of Lord of the.

Gone was the wacky novelty of yester last year. No more fun backgrounds, virtual happy hours and sneaking away for some midday Mandalorian. No. Now it was just the never-ending pointblank intimacy of watching your coworkers give up on shading and makeup scream at their kids. Ensure way the cat, all the, while you wondered whether they were ever going to dust those bookcases and your boss droned on about Q4 something or another in short it’s sucked, but not apparently as much as the alternate.

Going back, which brings us to this. Year’s most talked about HR topic, the great resignation where employers said, let’s go and their employees responded with let’s go, Brandon. It’s not that we gave up on work after all our mortgage, wasn’t suddenly payable in NFTs of IOUs. It’s just that we gave up on you.

Our time apart has given us a new perspective on our relationship. We watched our jobs head overseas and our CEO’s head in this. And decided that we deserve better, better hours, better pay a better environment, and better suddenly became available. As Chris rock said, we’re as faithful as our options in your rush to reopen created a black Friday sale of new ones.

Well, we took you up on it. Hey, somebody has to bathe your grandpa, but it ain’t going to be me, at least not at one, 100th of the CEO’s salary. So now you’re going to get to learn what HR has been, trying to tell you. That your people are your business. If you don’t treat them well, the stores don’t open the shelves, stay empty and shareholders start asking why you do sex to me.

So where do we go from here? Did the good guys win where lessons learned? Well, we ever buy ties again, or is this just a temporary supply chain? Hiccup and capitalism as usual is right around the corner. Well, if the last year has taught me anything, it’s that predictions are tough. I’d give you mine. But I got.

I’m late to an interview. I’m D D and this was pops and original show by Zenefits. If you want to learn more about inspiring people, operations stories, check out zenefits.com backslash pups dash podcast, or you’ll find bonus resources, profiles, and a link to order our new book titled people offer. And every now and then listen for it.

Cause Rob will be back to this comic stylings. Also, if you have questions you want us to answer on our show, check out the link in our show notes below and we’ll get it covered. Here’s to a great 2022.

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