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April of last year, software engineer and author Lauren Voswinkel published a blog post asking people to disclose their salaries with the hashtag #talkpay. It began as a first step in uncovering discriminatory hiring practices through revealing compensation discrepancies. The tag was shared in over 40,00 tweets that month, and has led a continuing discussion even a year later. “There are conversations, and those conversations are becoming more normalized. So in a way, #talkpay has already been successful,” she says, then adds we still have a long way to go.
Full Article on We Are MELTime to Read: 6 Min
As startups go through the maturation process (pre-series A to acquisition), the factors of employee engagement change. With data from 71,000+ individual respondents at 187 startups, we break down what this means for employees. By understanding engagement factors of different stages of funding, you can ask the right questions and find the workplace culture that best suits you. For example, an early stage company might be for you if you can handle a high-pressure environment and like constant adaptation.
Full Article on Culture x NumbersTime to Read: 10 Min
Y-Combinator’s new column, Ask a Female Engineer, is a place for readers to engage in the women-in-tech discourse and where female engineers can discuss their experiences. This column asks the group questions like, “What kinds of questions and types of technical interviews do you consider most effective?” and “What are the most effective ways for an early stage founder to create an inclusive environment?”
Full Article on The MacroTime to Read: 9 Min
At a gathering of over two thousand AT&T employees, CEO Randall Stephenson delivered a speech on racial tensions. “It is a difficult, tough issue. It’s not pleasant to discuss. It takes work, it takes time, it takes emotion, but we have to start communicating and if this is a dialogue that is going to begin at AT&T, I felt like it probably ought to start with me,” he said. He asked employees to move past tolerance, and try to truly understand each other.
Full Article on Inc.Time to Read 4 Min
Paul Critchlow had a long career in corporate communications, and while retirement felt euphoric at first, he began to feel irrelevant as time went on. Over lunch with a friend working at Pfizer, he was asked to become a summer intern. Both inspired by the movie, The Intern, he accepted. His internship resembled a consulting gig, benefiting someone with his stature. He also took on a mentorship role with another intern, and befriended many. He also learned more about social media and creating engaging presentations from others in the program. Paul also gained confidence in himself to apply for communications consulting gigs. "I think I got a sense that I can be entrepreneurial," he says.
Full Article on Fast CompanyTime to Read: 25 Min
Daniel Bluzer-Fry of Mumbrella wants to understand how brands build value by forging connections with people (not necessarily as consumers). Would brand images and company culture manifestos look different if HR and marketing worked together? As Bluzer-Fry says, “The reality is, the decisions that come out of a marketing department when it comes to creating a brand will impact the talent that walks through the doors of that business.”
Full Article on MumbrellaTime to Read: 6.5 Min
“Forty years ago, at least, we were promised the paperless office,” says Christopher Mims. So, why haven’t we seen a huge drop in paper usage? According to Mims and and Analyst John Shane, 60% of workplace printing isn’t optional, and business processes are slow to change. Small and medium-sized businesses have been the slowest to convert their workflows to digital, and ditch paper. Loo Wee Teck, head of consumer electronics at market research firm Euromonitor says, “I think it will take 15-20 years, when the millennials who grew up with digital photos and smartphones take over senior positions in companies, to see the transition to a paperless office.”
Full Article on the Wall Street Journal Time to Read: 4.5 Min
Etsy’s decision to practice a “just culture,” has lead to what they refer to as PSA emails. A PSA is written by someone who has made a mistake, detailing why it happened and how other people can avoid making it. This follows the “just culture” idea that blamelessness makes people more accountable, and more willing to admit mistakes. For a bit of fun as well, an annual three-armed sweater is awarded to the person who made the most surprising error.
Full Article on QuartzTime to Read: 4 Min
LinkedIn data on 459,000 onetime management consultants shows that having wide experience in different business areas increases the chances of becoming CEO. Neil Irwin summarizes, “Experience in one additional functional area improved a person’s odds of becoming a senior executive as much as three years of extra experience. And working in four different functions had nearly the same impact as getting an M.B.A. from a top-five program.” An interactive graph lets you plot your chances of becoming a top-level executive based on factors used in the research.
Full Article on New York TimesTime to Read: 12 Min
When the team at August (a New York based consulting firm) was formed, they were a team of two white women and three white men. From the beginning they knew that diversity was an important focus. They explored how to recruit with diversity in mind by surveying their growing team and job applicants, the results of which are shared in the full article. Founding Member Mike Arauz writes, “...the real beauty of making difference unremarkable is that it creates the opportunity for each person to be more than their difference.”
Full Article on MediumTime to Read: 12 Min
Heineken’s new online recruiting ad has personality and a unique application process to match. According to the video’s director Lennart Verstegen, "Heineken revolves around the personality of their employees, and they want these personalities to thrive. That's the main message that had to come across in a way that stands out from all other HR campaigns." They do this by featuring employees in the video, and playfully rhyming questions and answers throughout. The ad takes viewers to a website on which they respond to 12 questions based on the Enneagram model and are directed to open roles.
Full Article on AdWeekTime to Read: 5 Mi
Research from University at Buffalo's School of Management finds that in in collaborative work environments where women are outnumbered, they often emerge as the natural group leader. According to Fast Company, “When the [study] groups communicated a lot, or were more ‘extroverted...’ women were more likely to emerge as leaders. They were also more likely to emerge as leaders when the groups were predominantly male.”
Full Article on Fast CompanyTime to Read: 3 Min
Centered around newly hired engineer Blake Adickman, the process of Microsoft’s hiring program for autistic applicants is explored. In its third year, the program discards a typical interview process, instead bringing candidates on-site for two weeks. During that time they work on projects while being observed and meet with managers who might want them on their team. At the end of this process, formal interviews take place. According to author Vauhini Vara, “The goal is to create a situation that is better suited to autistic people’s styles of communicating and thinking.”
Full Article on Fast CompanyTime to Read: 24 Min
From ice-sculpting to coaching soccer and chasing storms, this article covers how some business leaders use their out of work time to fuel their passions. Zarina Mak, managing partner at PS260, started dog rescue, See Spot Rescued after adopting her own two dogs. She says, "I found that my skills and experience in my everyday job of running a film editing company and, prior to that, as an ad agency producer, easily translated to rescuing pups. You need to make it happen no matter what, and that is what I am used to doing."
Full Article on Fast CompanyTime to Read: 7 Min
At CLEVER, resumes and cover letters are important for getting in the door. But after an employee is hired, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator tests and traditional astrology guide office interactions. CEO Cat Lincoln calls this "Office Astrology” and the idea is to learn how personality traits affect communication so everyone can work in an efficient and positive workplace. Employee’s Office Astrology is reviewed annually, to understand differences and similarities between types and how it affects performance.
Full Article on Marie ClareTime to Read: 4.5 Min
In a study of Australian women, joint research from three universities found that women asked for raises as much as their male coworkers, but men were more likely to get one. Dr. Goodall, a senior lecturer in management at the Cass Business School (part of the study) said, “If we find that women are asking and aren’t getting the pay rises, it points the finger toward discrimination.” The study did find that women under 40 received raises at a similar rate as their male colleagues. Whether or not that trend continues as groups age, will require more study.
Full Article on the New York Times Time to Read: 3 Min
Carrie Mullins writing for Electric Literature provides a thoughtful list of eleven novels that feature (mostly fictional) difficult jobs. She features titles such as The Circle by Dave Eggers, which follows Mae, a new employee at a tech company, as she learns the truth about the company’s surveillance technology. As Mullins puts it, “It’s a warning to tech geeks everywhere: in the future, the only thing we’ll be free of is gluten.” Other books include, The Jungle, a classic by Upton Sinclair that launched reforms in the meat-packing industry, and The Beautiful Bureaucrat, by Helen Phillips.
Full Article on MediumTime to Read: 7 Min
In the process of creating a coaching network, the People Operations and Learning and Development team at Bench realized there was a need for more support for employees. With the help of an internal committee, they created a comprehensive Mental Health Guide for Bench employees. Director of People Operations, Sarah Blackmore says, “Even before the guide was released, we started to introduce the topic of mental wellness at a team-by-team level. I think that approachability and openness as a company, right from the start, really set our approach apart.”
Full Article on Several People Are TypingTime to Read: 5 Min