September 1, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Remember the CEO who posted a selfie on LinkedIn after doing layoffs a few weeks ago? He’s tired of hearing that your kids went back to school this week (at least on LinkedIn). Today, couples counseling (but for co-workers), machine learning to check your hiring bias and new data shows that hybrid work is reaching a post-pandemic version of normal.
A business partnership is kind of like a marriage. You complement one another, and make decisions together about how best to take care of your baby, aka your company. Both babies and companies require constant attention, loads of cash and a healthy relationship between co-parents/co-founders. This is why some tech founders have turned to couples therapy.
Dan Shipper and Nathan Baschez of media startup Every swear by the practice. It’s given them a space to unpack their relationship and prevent fights that could negatively impact their company.
The framework behind traditional couples therapy can apply to co-founder couples therapy as well. Attachment theory, the Gottman Method, Imago Relationship Theory: all those concepts work for close, equal business partnerships, according to the experts who spoke with Protocol.
Co-founder couples therapy is still a novelty, though its popularity is growing. “It’s something that is going to go from this woo-woo, touchy-feely domain to something I think should be standard operating practice for a successful, venture-backed company,” psychologist Matthew Jones said.
Companies that sell AI technology for hiring are facing a new law in New York City requiring “bias audits” to ensure those tools don’t discriminate against job candidates. As one such company, Hired recently found itself picking between a growing selection of auditing services.
Protocol’s Kate Kaye spoke with Hired’s chief technology officer, Dave Walters, about how he made this decision. One piece of advice: Start looking now.
Why on-demand talent could be exactly what companies need right now: If you thought the rise of remote work, independent contractors and contingent workers rose sharply during the pandemic, just wait until the next few months when you see a higher uptick in the on-demand talent economy.
Hybrid and remote work arrangements seem to be reaching a post-pandemic normal, suggesting many employers are settling into their policies around flexible work, according to a new report from WFH Research.
Anyone else having a bad case of Great Resignation whiplash? It’s hard to keep up with which tech companies are growing, shrinking, floating or sinking. We’re here to help.
⬆️ A good job, if you can get it.
⬇️ Snap is laying off 20% of its more than 6,400 employees.
⬇️ The Wing is no more, The Information reports.
Why on-demand talent could be exactly what companies need right now: The biggest benefit of leveraging on-demand talent is often tapping into the talent and skills that businesses can’t find elsewhere. Upwork’s recent report highlights that 53% of on-demand talent provide skills that are in short supply for many companies, including IT, marketing, computer programming and business consulting.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
The CEO of the Bezos-owned Washington Post thinks more meetings = more productivity?
31 ways to say no to useless meetings, pushy people, work, recruiters, interviews and more.
Should you compliment your colleague’s shoes?Hot take: A New York tenant lawyer says it should be unlawful to assign work to job candidates.
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