343: How to rebuild company culture after a massive layoff - with Daniel Stokes
April 16, 2024

Raise your hand if you’ve been through a layoff. Keep your hand raised if you kept your job through it and are faced with the reality of attempting to rebuild the company culture after a massive layoff. You are what people call a “survivor” and my goodness, that’s a lot of pressure on your shoulders to help the organization recover, eh?

My special guest today is culture lead and event planner, Daniel Stokes and he’s simplifying how to rebuild company culture after a massive layoff. Both Daniel and I have recently been through a layoff at a large organization and we come to the table with practical advice that you can begin to implement at your own company immediately.

Here’s how.

My special guest today is Daniel Stokes and he’s simplifying how to rebuild company culture after a massive layoff.

We tackle and simplify all aspects of it, including:

Q: Are you ready to learn how to rebuild your company’s culture after a layoff? If yes, this one is for you.

It’s time to #DoTheThing!


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My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and start to rebuild company culture after a layoff this week? What’s one thing you’ll do differently? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and send me a DM over on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/thesimplifiers) for added accountability and support!

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About Daniel Stokes:

Daniel Stokes - He is passionate about connecting the world through intentional programs, events, and experiences. With over 8 years of experience in corporate culture building, he has played a pivotal role in every community he’s been a part of. Daniel leads cultural events, prioritizes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, ensuring that everyone feels valued and truly loves coming to work.

A seasoned professional in corporate event planning, Daniel seamlessly combines his expertise with a genuine love for people, making him a pioneer in the space of people and culture. He brings his authentic self to moderating and speaking on various panels about culture, diversity, equity, and employee engagement – often adorned in sequins!

In his downtime, Daniel enjoys playing video games, indulging in reality TV, and expressing his wanderlust through travel. When he's not planning the next big event or finding innovative ways to bring people together, you can catch Daniel reading a book, sipping a glass of wine in his Brooklyn backyard, or enjoying tequila-themed cocktails at a local bar.

Where Daniel hangs out online:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danielastokes/

Website: https://danielstokesevents.squarespace.com/

Website*: https://thebrowser.company/

*NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 06, 2024. Since then, I’m happy to report that Daniel accepted a role at The Browser Company of New York, as their new Culture Lead.

Daniel’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Maceo Owens - She is “The ERG Homegirl” and is a Gen Z ERG Enthusiast. After ERGs changed the trajectory of her life, she’s passionate about helping them to do the same for others - by making efficient ERGs as simple as possible.

Maceo has served as an ERG Leader and Program Manager to major tech companies. As a former support agent, she’s also passionate about “frontline” engagement in ERG Programs. Maceo has a deep interest in entrepreneurship and has spent years studying the craft of building a successful business. When she took her learnings and applied them to ERGs, she realized that she had something different - something ERG Programs needed.

Through The ERG Movement, founded in 2022, Maceo hopes to drive much needed change in the ERG space.