2017: Year in Review
Well, it’s that time of the year again: When we prepare to bid farewell to 2017 and welcome in 2018.
Over the past decade, I’ve devoted my December column to selecting the winners and losers of the past 12 months — and this year is no exception.
As you review the 2017 list, you’ll no doubt notice a couple of themes emerge. One is the Trump administration’s impact on regulations and policies affecting the HR community. A second involves the plethora of sexual-harassment cases that have occupied the headlines as of late.
Similar to most prior years, I’ve included 10 selections for each category. Feel free, of course, to let me know of others you feel deserve a spot on either of the two.
So, without further ado, here they are, beginning with the losers:
Foreigners hoping to work in the U.S. and companies in need of foreign talent, as the Trump administration begins to follow through on its promise of shutting off the visa spigot.
Former CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder, who, following criticism over instances involving domestic abuse and the hiring of an undocumented worker, was forced to withdrawal his name from consideration for the Labor Secretary post.
United Airlines, which came under fire for forcibly removing a passenger who refused to give up his seat. By focusing the spotlight on weakness in the carrier’s corporate culture, the incident dealt a serious blow to United’s brand.
Equifax, a consumer credit reporting agency and provider of workplace solutions, after hackers gained access to the personal information of roughly 143 million people.
Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, following accusations of sexual harassment and creating a culture that tolerates such behaviors.
Teleworkers, after IBM joined the ranks of companies announcing it would bring remote workers back to the office in order to foster greater collaboration.
Signet Jewelers Limited, parent of Jared, the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, after details of a class-action lawsuit emerged in February that accused management of gender discrimination and fostering a toxic environment that enabled sexual harassment to take place.
Former and current students weighed down by loan debt, which surged by 6.25 percent to $1.36 trillion over the past year.
James Damore, who was fired by Google in August as a result of a memo in which he cited biology as a possible reason for Google’s gender gap. (Google also subsequently came under fire for limiting free speech.)
Obamacare critics, who failed in their efforts to fully repeal the Affordable Care Act, despite a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.