9 min read · Sep 20th · Everyone is hiring. So why is finding a job still impossible?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says there are 8.4 million potential workers who are unemployed, but it also says there are a record 10.9 million jobs open.
Other jobs are undesirable — they offer bad pay or an unpredictable schedule, or just don’t feel worth it to unemployed workers, many of whom are rethinking their priorities.
Sometimes, what the software is scanning for doesn’t even make sense — as the Wall Street Journal recently noted, it will look for registered nurses who also know computer programming when really they just need data entry.
7 min read · Sep 9th · It’s time to expand the definition to include well-being, social connection, and collaboration
The boundary between work and home has never been a clear line
Fast forward to March 4, 2020Hundreds of researchers from Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub came together to form the largest research initiative in Microsoft’s history, now called the “New Future of Work.” Together, while figuring out how to work from home and struggling with childcare ourselves, we’ve conducted more than 50 research projects on remote work.
A New Definition of Productivityresearchers use two key types of data to approximate it: 1) self-reported worker data, or asking people if they feel productive, and 2) worker activity data, or counting the number of emails sent or lines of code written.
9 min read · Sep 8th · Many people feel stuck inside large, traditional, soul-sucking organizations. They know their company culture needs radical change, but feel as if they can't influence a damn thing. Luckily, several…
~11 min read · From 2019 · For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.
Blue-collar jobs produce tangible products, like coal, steel rods, and houses. The output of white-collar work—algorithms, consulting projects, programmatic advertising campaigns—is more shapeless and often quite invisible. It’s not glib to say that the whiter the collar, the more invisible the product.
Long hours don’t make anybody more productive or creative; they make people stressed, tired and bitter.
5 min read · Jul 11th · The hardest thing to do is start. Writing a book, exercising, dieting… reinventing your work culture. But deep down you know it’s the right thing to do. There’s an internal nagging that won’t go away.…
Throughout the piece, she seems more interested in the optics surrounding work than the work itself.
She doesn’t frame his failings in terms of productivity but, instead, in terms of enthusiasm He was not bought in. This, for a class of bad manager, is the cardinal sin. Being ‘bought in’ is perhaps more important than the work itself.
This is where the career comes in. In this instance, the career is a device that businesses and managers can use as a motivation to get the deference and feigned enthusiasm that they want (and often feel they need) from employees
1 min read · Aug 25th · A new theory about how organizations handle uncertainty reveals how four different responses shape a company's culture and ability to survive. Plus: Vaccine mandates, and netflix leaders on…
1. Cling to existing beliefs, putting a fundamentalist-like faith in the way things have always been done; 2. Project a vision of the future that leaves no room for doubt or doubters; 3. Become cynical and stop investing in the organization entirely; or 4. Begin perpetually experimenting and updating their assumptions.