April 26, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. This week, the entire Protocol team has descended upon Washington, D.C, to see each other’s faces and interact in real life again. It’s exhausting, but absolutely worth it. (I’m lying. I have no idea what it’s like to be with all of my co-workers in one place again because I’m writing this ahead of time, because my boss said I could.) Please enjoy this newsletter as much as you’re enjoying Protocol Subscriptions Week, and as much as you enjoy those sitcom flashback-clips episodes that they run when the actors go on vacation.
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According to data.ai (formerly App Annie), productivity apps make up only 9% of consumer spending. Entertainment apps make up more than half of consumer spend, and that’s not even counting gaming.
Still, the productivity-obsessed consumers are out there. Protocol talked with several productivity aficionados about how they manage and prioritize their app subscriptions, diving into how much they’re willing to pay for productivity.
Some productivity aficionados prefer subscriptions over one-time purchases or free tools. They know what it’s like to depend on an app and then lose it because the developers couldn’t afford to keep it running without regular payment.
Others would rather have a one-and-done, single-tool productivity scenario. MIT Ph.D. student Fatimagül Husain likes using just one app: She bet her productivity on Notion. The fewer apps, the better. “To just have one to manage your workload and productivity is, frankly, relieving,” Husain said.
How much you spend on productivity is up to you. Klein acknowledged he devotes more resources to productivity than the average person. But for him, it’s a passion; the money is worth it. “It’s like a hobby, you know?” Klein said. “I don’t need all of them, but some people go spend $30 on a Friday night to get a few drinks. I have some subscriptions for productivity tools.”email | twitter)
Companies everywhere are bracing for new privacy legislation and antitrust action, but much of the focus thus far has been on how the biggest tech firms will fare. What about the rest of the sector? How should the thousands of small, medium-sized and enterprise-level tech companies prepare for this new regulatory landscape? Will changing policies bring about a more even playing field, or will growth be stunted for smaller businesses with fewer resources? How should the U.S. avoid one-size-fits-all regulation in such a diverse ecosystem while still checking unfair competition and data abuses? Join Protocol and a panel of experts as we dive into the biggest regulatory priorities of the not-quite-biggest tech companies.
The speed at which security has been built up over the last 12 months has been a derivative benefit of what we’ve seen during the pandemic. Privacy, compliance and security are three legs of the same stool. What we’re seeing increasingly is that intersection continuing to happen. RingCentral has invested in all those elements.
Like to listen to music while you work? Language-learning app Preply analyzed a swath of playlists, songs and artists on Spotify to find the most popular music for focusing. Here’s what it found:
Love it or hate it, hybrid seems here to stay. Most tech employers want workers to come back to the office at least part of the time, whereas some employees are happy to work from home forever. McKinsey & Company released results of a survey that revealed that most workers (85%) would prefer a hybrid work model, but traditionally underrepresented groups of employees prefer it the most.
At RingCentral, we’re focused on making hybrid work simpler for organizations so they can best set up, run and manage their business. We’re asking ourselves what's the benefit that we can derive, or that we can enable, that is better than the best-in-class in the industry?
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Netflix employees are anything but chill right now.
Can your boss ask to be “looped in” on your medical care? TL;DR: Nope.
Chattanooga, Tennessee, and other places where tech companies are booming thanks to remote work.
You read about Ekow Sanni-Thomas in our story about corporate TikTok; now read his advice on creating a safe space for BIPOC talent.
One good tweet to bookmark for the next time someone schedules a Friday afternoon meeting.
CEO Minda Harts (author of “Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace”) has a good vibes playlist for you.
Speaking of vibes, soon you’ll be able to set your vibe on Twitter.
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