July 19, 2022
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Today: Coda has created an easy way for laid-off workers to find new opportunities, why developers are the best workers to help you choose your cybersecurity tools and a new survey shows that some workers really hate going back to the office.
Post-layoff, the easiest way to bring new job-seekers and desperate recruiters together is a spreadsheet. A generous soul will often step up and create a Google Sheet that laid-off employees can add their names to, sparing recruiters the endless #opentowork LinkedIn scroll. But there might be a better way.
Companies like Coinbase and Robinhood now have “alumni websites” on the doc app Coda to help folks find other opportunities after sweeping layoffs.
Spreadsheets can quickly get chaotic when thousands of people have edit access. Mendes said he noticed a proliferation in lists back during the 2020 wave of layoffs, but it was difficult for recruiters to sort through them.
Earlier this year, Chan created an updated hiring list template in Coda. “I created this doc as a way to pay it forward after benefiting from a similar list that I came across when I was unexpectedly laid off in 2020,” she writes in the description.
Layoffs and the ensuing job hunt are “soul-sucking,” as Chan put it. She’s been laid-off unexpectedly twice. Adding your name to a more convenient spreadsheet tool doesn’t make layoffs hurt any less. But Chan hopes that when people are ready to jump to the next opportunity, they find Coda’s template useful. “I just tell people to hang on and give them some tools to help them keep going,” she said.— Lizzy Lawrence, reporter (email | twitter)
For many enterprises, getting buy-in from developers on tools to help improve code security is something most leaders welcome. With critical threats such as software supply chain attacks and rampant exploits of software bugs, there's a growing urgency around improving the security of both open-source and proprietary code.
But a bottom-up approach makes sense from the developer vantage point, too. In many organizations "developers get frustrated with the fact that application security is pushed on them," said Janet Worthington, a senior analyst at Forrester.
Having a free, self-service option for a code security tool is ideal because developers like to experiment with different tools and choose the ones that meet their needs, Worthington told Protocol.
Developers "don't want to talk to a sales rep," she said. "They just want to be able to try it."
They created Digital People. Now they've made celebrities available as Digital Twins: Soul Machines co-founder and CEO Greg Cross and his co-founder Mark Sagar, Ph.D., FRSNZ are leading their Auckland and San Francisco-based teams to create AI-enabled Digital People to populate the internet, at first, and soon the metaverse.
Full-time work in the office is less popular than ever, according to a new survey from Slack’s Future Forum research arm. Only 20% of knowledge workers told Future Forum they want to work in the office full-time — less than at any other point in the last two years.
The gaming industry is playing diversity catch-up.
Networking secrets from Splunk CEO Gary Steele.Can Biden solve the cybersecurity hiring crisis?
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Meta and Amazon are both scaling back on building new office space in New York, and Amazon has also paused office construction in Nashville and Bellvue, Washington. (Bloomberg and Reuters)
Work in tech? These towns will pay you to move there. (The Wall Street Journal)
Don’t call it an exodus, says SF Mayor London Breed about the departure of tech workers from San Francisco. (CNBC)Shorten the workday > shorten the workweek. (BBC)
They created Digital People. Now they've made celebrities available as Digital Twins: Soul Machines is at the cutting edge of AGI research with its unique Digital Brain, based on the latest neuroscience and developmental psychology research.
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