Quick Thought – How Diverse Can Your Organization Be When You are Trying To Force Everyone to be Like You?

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So look, if you are craving being back in the office, and miss the small talk and gossip, great go on with yourself. But, also understand that there are a growing number of people who are perfectly happy not hearing the gossip and the small talk. (Personally, I have not missed fake small talk, gossip, and office politics for a second.) Others might want something in between. We’re all different. If you want to be an inclusive workplace, you’ll figure out how to accommodate everyone , with solid culture, good communication, and by valuing each of every one of your people, no matter where they get the work done.… Read More

How Much Should we Value Meaningful Work?

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“Would you rather make $100k at a boring, meaningless job, or $50k doing something meaningful?”

Apparently, the correct answer to this question is the latter, according to most of my LinkedIn connections.

I disagree. I think people who take $50k might just be suckers.

You are getting paid half of what you could be making elsewhere, which means your employer is simply underpaying you, by taking advantage of your need to find meaning in your work.… Read More

Linked: Workers taking charge by upskilling

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

The first thing that jumped out at me is that I am very glad to see people taking learning into their own hands instead of waiting for their company to train them. I have always been a big fan of that. Your career, is your career, and you should act that way when it comes to learning new skills.

The second thing I thought was, if 77% of people are ready to learn new skills, as a company, you need to step up and offer opportunities for people to do just that. Very few people are going to be happy sitting and doing the same job for the next 20 years, and rightfully so, since we know that there’s almost no chance the jobs we do now, will still exist in the same way in as little as 5 years.

And, the last thing that jumped out at me? Nearly half are interested in running their own businesses? Are you prepared for that? For half of your employees to maybe become your competitors? It wouldn’t shock me. There’s a lot to be said for the flexibility of working for yourself. Choosing your projects, choosing your location, and your hours. Really, the one thing I keep seeing, over and over again, in interviews with experts and economists, is that health insurance is the one thing standing in the way. If we untied employment and health coverage, there might just be a massive overall in the U.S. labor market.… Read More

The Insanity of Forcing Tech Companies to Pay For Linking to News

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Reading Time: 6 minutes

I’m sure many of you have already seen the ongoing battle between Facebook, and Google, and the Australian government. The government, mostly at the behest of Rupert Murdoch, is about to pass a law that forces the “big tech” companies to negotiate with news publishers to pay them for the content that is linked to on Google News or on Facebook. 

I’m hear to argue that this is legitimately insane. … Read More

A Completely Non-Scientific View of Mental Health Stigma in the Workplace

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A little over a week ago, I came clean on my other blog, and social media. I admitted that I’m just really not OK.

If you’ve read the post, then you also know that when I mention mental health stigma, I’m not really talking about what happened with my workplace. No, that was exactly what I would want to happen. But, what I noticed was what happened kind of out in public, after the fact.… Read More

Linked: The young and unemployed need better networks

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Reading Time: 2 minutes

So, if you are one of those recent college grads looking for work, I’m going to suggest you work every angle you can find, whether it be with virtual alumni groups or other connections through your educational institution, getting involved in LinkedIn groups or other professional online meeting places, or even, gasp, your parents and their friends. You’re going to need connections to people outside of your peer group to get where you want to go. 

And, for the rest of us, where was the last time you had a conversation with someone who fits the description above? Don’t you think it’s time to start leading and raising up the next generation of contributors to your field? What can you do to assist with these shrinking networks for the people who need them the most? … Read More

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