October 25, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. This just in: Amazon exec Pravin Raj is leaving AWS. Raj is one of several of the cloud giant's top leaders named in a discrimination and harassment lawsuit by a former employee. Also today, chief people officers are taking breaks and switching gears after a trying two and a half years. Plus, teams are bogged down by software applications, with the average office worker switching between apps 1,200 times per day. Yeesh.
Senior HR talent is hard to find. Lately headhunters have noticed that it’s a challenge to find great people leaders. Many of the extraordinary challenges of the last two and a half years have fallen on the shoulders of chief people officers, leading some of them to step away from operating roles or leave the workforce altogether.
The last few years have brought a world of macro-level uncertainty, shifting power dynamics, and political tensions, both within companies and in the world at large. Between the pandemic, the economic downturn, and social changes, HR leaders are tired.
All of this is pushing senior HR talent to leave operating roles, either for retirement, sabbatical, consulting, or VC jobs. Greg Selker, managing director and North American technology practice leader for the recruiting firm Stanton Chase, has seen many HR leaders opt to go into consulting rather than another operating role.
Office workers are inundated with software applications: The average business now runs 187, up from 77 in 2015, according to a report from Okta. Despite all these tools, federal data shows that worker productivity has slowed.
The rise of SaaS has led to some of this “software bloat,” Protocol's writer-at-large Joe Williams writes, and tech leaders have ended up stuck with extraneous software. Software companies are moving toward building tools to manage entire processes, with more integrated “workflows” and plugin capabilities (think Asana and Slack).
Flexible work and resignations are at historic highs and employees are questioning if their compensation matches their worth. What are business and HR leaders supposed to do about this? BambooHR surveyed full-time, salaried employees and discovered the top 2022 trends surrounding compensation and what employees really want.
How much time did your company’s managers spend on conflict last week? It may well have been over four hours, according to a new report from The Myers-Briggs Company that found managers are dealing with a half day of conflict, on average, per week.
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.
⬇️ The cybersecurity company Snyk is reportedly cutting 14% of its workforce, or 198 employees, according to an Israeli business publication.
⬇️ Telehealth startup Cerebral is slashing 20% of its head count to match lower growth expectations, The Wall Street Journal reported.
⬇️ Snap is closing a San Francisco office that the company said was “lightly used” after it embraced flexible work, according to Bloomberg.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Is the workday getting weirder? (ZDNet)
Big Tech is increasingly seeking tech talent in Africa. (TechCrunch)
Emoji translation: Your Gen Z employees might find your 👍 rude. (Axios)
San Francisco offices have hit a record high for vacancy levels. (SFGate)
Low pay is the top reason employees decide to quit, followed by a lack of opportunities for advancement. Learn how an effective compensation plan can help combat these two major reasons.
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