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People Geekly #86

Issue No. 86, brought to you by Culture Amp
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A survey conducted in April by Robert Half gathered responses from more than 1,600 human resources managers from 12 countries. Australia and New Zealand were at the top of the list for countries where employees are likely to call in sick after a major sporting event, with Brazil and Chile close behind. Rather than fighting against this trend, employers should understand what’s important to their staff and manage and support it. In the case of sports, companies could host viewing events or support employees who are active on a local team. 

#iLookLikeAnEngineer A Year Later (4 min)

About a year ago, Isis Anchalee was featured in a recruiting ad campaign for the company OneLogin. She shared a tweet that launched the hashtag #iLookLikeAnEngineer which in the past year has grown to an event series, thousands of people sharing their own stories of engineering, speaking engagements for Anchalee, a billboard and more. Anchalee says, “The system is pretty shitty sometimes, but it takes effort from all of us to make it better. I will continue speaking up.” 

Discussing Tough Topics At Work (5 min)

Michelle Kedem says that when organizations don’t acknowledge what their team may be experiencing after a traumatic event, they’re missing an opportunity to engage their people and make real progress. “You don’t have to take sides or have the perfect words. Acknowledging what people are going through and creating safe spaces for conversation goes a long way toward cultivating a workplace culture in which everyone on the team feel invested,” she says. A few tips on how to open lines of communication on difficult topics with thought and care in the workplace are included. 

The Feedback Sandwich Loses Its Bite (6 min)

Presenting someone with positive feedback followed by negative feedback and wrapping up the conversation with positive feedback again, is known as the “feedback sandwich.” Paul M. says, “At worst, the feedback sandwich protects someone from constructive feedback that would help them improve...” He presents five elements to help people deliver great feedback: self-reflection, respect, timeliness, specificity and an offer to help. The idea of Radical Candor is also discussed as a framework for effective feedback along with questions to ask yourself before giving feedback.  

Gender Wage Gap Research (With Cartoons) (13 min)

In 2009 researchers studied a group of University of Chicago MBA graduates to understand how gender would affect their career paths and salaries. One year out of school, men were already earning more. Nine years into the study, men were earning 60% more than women. Author Sarah Kliff cites the statistic that women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. She says, “That’s an accurate statistic, but it doesn’t capture the complexity of the wage gap. It doesn’t, for example, reveal that the wage gap changes over the course of a female lawyer’s career. Or that some professions have really big wage gaps and others have small ones.” The wage gap is scrutinized under different lenses like industry, child-rearing and hours worked to go deeper than one statistic. 


August 18, 2016 - Auckland, NZ @ Vend
August 23, 2016 - New York, NY @ Tumblr
August 26, 2016 - Melbourne, VIC @ No Vacancy Gallery 
August 31, 2016 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Honest Company 

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