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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.

A template for finding your next hire or your next job

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.

  • Kenny Mendes — head of finance, people and operations at Coda — said sometimes these sites are organically created by those who were laid-off or by the remaining workers. Other times, like in the case of Coinbase, the sites are created by the company itself to help laid-off employees land on their feet.
  • Google Sheets is still the clear favorite for quickly whipping up a list and sharing it. Its dominance is apparent on Layoffs.fyi, which compiles lists of company layoffs and laid-off employees. Coda was used twice, and Airtable once.
  • But Mendes thinks building crowdsourcing layoff lists in Coda dramatically improves the experience for all sides. “You’re able to go through it in a really organized fashion,” he said.

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.

  • “It would crash, it wouldn’t load, someone would come in and re-sort it,” Mendes said. “As a result, I knew hiring managers and recruiters weren’t touching it. They would poke around, but they weren’t reaching out.”
  • Mendes decided to build a talent list template in Coda and reached out to Jonathan Liebtag when Airbnb announced its layoffs in 2020. They published an “AirAlumni” list together and organized people by both speciality and location.
  • He did the same when Uber had its layoffs and ended up hiring SiNing Chan, a content designer who was on the ex-Uber list and is now a solutions architect at Coda.

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.

  • Coinbase found and used the template on its own, but Chan helped Robinhood and Better.com get their lists up and running. A former Better.com employee had been swamped trying to manage the list on her own, so Chan stepped in to assist.
  • “It’s so cool when tools can be used for good and to help people,” Chan said. Knowledge-sharing tools, while built for practical workplace uses, are often used to connect people with necessary resources.

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)

Trust your developers

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."

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Workers still hate coming into the office

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.

  • Most workers want to spend more than half the week working remotely, with 55% saying they want to work fewer than three days a week in the office.
  • One in three respondents said they’re currently working full-time from an office. These workers reported “significantly worse” employee experience scores than remote or hybrid workers, Future Forum found.
  • 70% of workers who don’t like their employer’s policies around flexible work said they’d be open to changing jobs in the next year.
— Allison Levitsky, reporter (email | twitter)

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Around the internet

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)


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