July 12, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. If you haven’t yet taken a work break to gaze upon the images of our 13-billion-year-old universe from the James Webb Space Telescope, then you are definitely working too hard. You’re welcome. Today: Workers are still concerned with how their companies are protecting their privacy when they’re helping to pay for abortion travel, smart tech is encouraging warehouse workers to lift with good form and why it’s time to get better at onboarding new employees.
Even before Roe v. Wade was officially overturned, tech companies were using the opportunity to tout their new reproductive health benefits for workers. But what do the employees think about how their companies responded? A recent survey says it’s complicated.
The online job search company Indeed surveyed over 1,000 employees following the SCOTUS decision about their sentiments relating to their employers’ abortion health care and travel policies, or lack there of. The findings were clear: Most employees want their employers to take some kind of action in terms of expanded health care benefits, but there’s nuance to how they want them to do it.
Most employees want their employers to do something:
Employees say the support is not all-encompassing. There is some nuance to what and who companies will and will not cover.
Employees still have some major privacy concerns.
Because of this, leaders say it’s more important than ever to communicate these new benefits in a clear and effective way so they don’t go unused by your workforce. Scott Dobroski, VP of corporate communications at Indeed, shared some best practices for communicating and deploying these more sensitive benefits.
There’s a leaderboard that ranks you against your teammates. There’s a vibrating plastic rectangle that straps to your hip, your belt or your back. Earn enough points, and you might even win a prize: headphones or maybe a flat-screen TV.
But this isn’t laser tag — this is an industrial warehouse.
Tech startups like Kinetic, Modjoul and StrongArm, inspired by the popularity of Fitbits, Apple Watches and other consumer wearables, are selling similar devices to companies like Walmart and Amazon with the promise they’ll reduce the nagging — and costly — problem of worker injuries. The pitch: Give watches, belts or harnesses to every worker; track their movements and record their data; buzz them whenever they make an unsafe move and watch injury rates drop.
Thinking outside your wall: How the path to net zero requires a new approach to collaboration and knowledge sharing: The emissions that make up a full greenhouse gas footprint can emanate from outside the four walls of your own manufacturing operations, like in the case of PepsiCo, where 93% of emissions come from its value chain.
Onboarding is a crucial element of employee retention and satisfaction, and yet recent findings from Time is Ltd. revealed that companies are missing the mark. The employee engagement platform surveyed more than 1,300 employees at tech and finance companies across the U.S. and Europe and found the following:
Young computer scientists are vying for jobs in corporate AI, but their dismissive attitudes toward ethical concerns could be dangerous.The main mandate for a CEO is to make money. So why do so many of them act like politicians?
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Remote work is worse for new workers. (The Atlantic)
Apple’s self-driving car program has stalled due in part to bad managers. (The Information)If your co-worker thinks chocolate milk comes from brown cows, be careful correcting them. (Reddit)
Thinking outside your wall: How the path to net zero requires a new approach to collaboration and knowledge sharing: Asking suppliers and associated companies to overhaul the way they work is no small feat, but PepsiCo is taking a three-pronged approach centered around the principles of educating, enabling and incentivizing. The Sustainability Action Center aims to engage and equip value chain partners with tools to undergo their own sustainability journey.
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