August 14, 2022
Illustration: Christopher T. Fong/Protocol
Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Are you still making your co-workers look at your cord-management issues in the background of your Zoom call? Cut that out and get some tips from the Room Rater Twitter account for making your video calls easier on the eyes. Today: teams and time zones, Salesforce sets more ambitious diversity goals for female and nonbinary employees, and Google extends its hiring freeze. It’s Sunday, so if you’re working, make sure you let yourself have a little bit of fun, as a treat.
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Work-from-anywhere policies are life-changing for employees, and they can simplify hiring. But unless everyone is in the same time zone, true collaboration can be tricky.
Here’s how the experts overcome some of the thorniest time zone challenges.
Embrace async work, but do it right.Asynchronous work can solve a lot of the headaches that come with working across time zones, and there’s no shortage of tools that can help you embrace this style of collaboration.
Document everything. Remote workforce management company Oyster helps startups hire and onboard talent across 180 countries. Co-founder Jack Mardack told Protocol that the company is so proud of its hybrid-work best practices that they recently made the Oyster employee handbook public.
If total async work isn’t possible, find a few hours where workers can overlap. It’s crucial to avoid a culture where everyone is expected to be available in each other’s time zone. Rayl stresses that organizations need to be flexible.
Be intentional about decision-making. Mardack from Oyster warns that group decisions can take a long time if people are working in different time zones.
This week Salesforce set new hiring and retention goals for nonbinary and female employees:
0.2% — Current nonbinary/other/undisclosed global employee gender representation at Salesforce
35.7% — Current female global employee gender representation at Salesforce
40% — Goal for female and nonbinary employees globally by 2026 at Salesforce
How cybercrime is going small time: Cybercrime is often thought of on a relatively large scale. Massive breaches lead to painful financial losses, bankrupting companies and causing untold embarrassment, splashed across the front pages of news websites worldwide.
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.
⬇️ Get ready for the vibe change: Google employees tell Insider that the company has extended its hiring freeze.
⬇️ Mindfulness is out. Meditation app Calm lets 400 employees go, citing (you guessed it) macroeconomic trends.
⬇️ In a memo to employees on Friday, Peloton announced more layoffs.
⬆️ Cloud software company Zoho is hiring in India. The company told Protocol that it's planning to hire at least 2,000 employees across engineering, technology and product development.
🧺 Microsoft cuts back, and it’s a real travesty: “At a recent picnic for one Microsoft team, managers paid for their employees’ food and drinks instead of billing the company,” a source told The Wall Street Journal.
For more news on hiring, firing and rewiring, see our tech company tracker.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Everything you need to know about “quiet quitting”: when a worker decides they’re no longer defined by their work and takes back their free time.
LinkedIn (like everyone else right now) really wants you to be an influencer.
Why young people should be mentoring the olds.
Weekend long read: Will tech ever fix its gender problem?
How cybercrime is going small time: People have been swindled since before man created monetary systems. These aren’t new crimes; just new ways to commit them. But as cybercrime increasingly goes small-time, those on the front lines will need new and more effective ways to fight it.
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