October 11, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. Breaking news: The Department of Labor just proposed a rule that would classify more gig workers as employees, rather than independent contractors. Factors deciding a worker’s status would include whether the work is integral to the employer’s business, how much control the employer has over the worker, and whether the worker has opportunities to increase their pay.
Today we look at the most recent bout of rescinded job offers — this one at Meta, which rescinded 2023 offers for its London internship program. Plus, with new guidance for widespread anxiety screening in the U.S., people leaders have recommendations for how to de-stress the workplace.
— Allison Levitsky, reporter (email | twitter)
Yure Pablo “never imagined” working abroad for a big tech company while growing up in a small town in Bahia, Brazil. That changed after winning a local hackathon at Meta — then Facebook — as a first-year University of São Paulo student in 2019.
But last week, Meta rescinded his offer, along with other 2023 London interns, as the company scales back on hiring in response to the economic downturn.
The move followed Meta’s postponement in making job offers to this year’s summer interns. In early July, the company told interns in an email that it would push back offers as the company evaluated its hiring plans, which have since all but halted companywide for the rest of the year.
Coinbase, Twitter, Redfin, and other companies have all rescinded employment offers this year. The trend is a painful reminder of other economic shocks in 2020, 2008, and 2009, according to David Hanrahan, a startup adviser who stepped down as Eventbrite’s chief human resources officer earlier this year.
Rescinding job offers rather than laying off existing employees is “probably a worthwhile tradeoff,” according to Sandra Sucher, a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and the co-author of “The Power of Trust: How Companies Build It, Lose It, Regain It.”
New guidance to screen all U.S. adults under age 65 for anxiety hits home for many in tech. Typical life and workplace stresses are now compounded by a multiyear pandemic, economic worries, and new ways of working that can contribute to burnout and isolation.
Leaders should model healthy behaviors, consider including mindfulness and wellness services in benefits packages, and normalize having unstructured time for relationship-building, people leaders told Protocol reporter Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu. And whatever you do, don’t schedule a Zoom happy hour for 5 p.m., Asiedu reports: Keep the social hours within the work day.
Many business leaders aren’t sure where to begin when it comes to migrating to the cloud. To help organizations adapt to this revolution, Capital One launched Capital One Software, a new enterprise B2B software business focused on providing cloud and data management solutions.
Interest in remote jobs has been on the rise for years, but far more Americans searched Google for part-time jobs — until the end of 2021, when remote job searches started to outpace part-time job searches, according to data highlighted by Google Trends.
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.
⬆️ Amazon is hiring 150,000 workers for the holiday rush, CNBC reports.
⬇️ Some Apple employees in Australia are planning a strike over compensation and benefits, according to Reuters.
⬇️ Meta employees are complaining about the company’s metaverse strategy, with some workers reportedly calling metaverse projects “MMH” — “make Mark happy.”
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.
Hybrid work may be widening the gender gap in the tech industry. (The Information)
Two NLRB complaints allege that Google data center contractors were fired for supporting a union. (Bloomberg)
Fewer than half of job openings at IBM require a bachelor’s degree, the company’s former CEO touted. (Fortune)
The flexibility of the cloud helps companies like Capital One unlock access to their data with performance that can scale instantly. But this flexibility and scale can also create a unique challenge for organizations and users who are not proficient in cloud optimization.
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