The 11-page document, dated February 2020, describes Amazon’s plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to better analyze and visualize data on unions around the globe, alongside other non-union “threats” to the company related to factors like crime and weather.Leaked Amazon internal memo reveals new software to track unions – Vox
As always, you can usually tell how good an idea something is by how vehemently those in power seek to prevent it happening.
More than ever before, we’re using technology to connect with the outside world. And with so many of us now working from home, we’re relying on our phones to stay updated with colleagues and clients. However, when you’re receiving endless Zoom calls and emails, pings on Slack, and notifications from everywhere else, it begins to hinder productivity and focus.
The effect of overcommuncation on your productivity
This has, I imagine, only gotten worse with remote work so prevalent. pro
Now the White House has launched a new ad campaign with the Ad Council aimed at encouraging the unemployed to just find something new. That’s actually the name of it.
White House campaign to unemployed: just find another job
A campaign that overlooks the fact that many jobs have disappeared – likely for years – and doesn’t take into account the systemic changes that have emerged but treats this like a situation people need to fix on their own is on-brand for the Party of Personal Responsibility.
In fact, the average minimum wage worker in the U.S. would need to work almost 97 hours per week to afford a fair market rate two-bedroom and 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom, NLIHC calculates. That’s well over two full-time jobs just to be able to afford a two-bedroom rental.Minimum wage workers cannot afford rent in any U.S. state
But please, tell me more about how unemployment assistance is “too high.”
Millions of workers have taken pay cuts to keep their jobs. Somewhere around 6 million workers have had their hours trimmed enough to now label those workers as part-time.The pandemic has led to well-documented job losses. But pay cuts are a big problem, too. – Poynter
Considering how slow companies are to raise pay rates, especially for part-time or contingent work, this is another factor we’re going to be grappling with for quite a while.
About two-thirds of workers displaced by the coronavirus can receive higher wages than they were receiving on the job, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research paper.Two-thirds of laid off workers eligible for benefits that exceed their wages: NBER paper
This doesn’t mean people are getting too much in unemployment assistance, it means our minimum wage is a joke that doesn’t allow people to live.
The U.S. workplace is still rampant with discrimination, but the bulk of it is going unchecked as companies have figured out how to keep themselves out of court.Why the odds are stacked against workers in discrimination cases – Axios
It’s cheaper and easier to find lawyers to skirt regulations than it is to treat people with respect.
These are positive developments, as much of what has been categorized as “professionalism” is thinly-disguised elitism, often designed to exclude others.
Source: Covid-19 will change the standards of professionalism — Quartz at Work
The most likely result from this would seem to be that the bias that is part of hiring bleeds into the world of funding (even moreso) which then continues on into the world of hiring at the new companies.
Source: Eager to make their own ‘mafias,’ startups are launching funds to invest in ex-employees