January 25, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter, where we share the latest tips, tools and insights to help you stay informed about the modern tech office. Today: Will those who continue working from home suffer career setbacks? Plus: a small delivery company is suing Amazon for fraud and breach of contract, and an easier way to speak emoji.
—Amber Burton, reporter (email | twitter)
Although remote workers are reporting more satisfaction than those who spend time in the office, hybrid work is more popular than ever, according to a new survey from Slack’s Future Forum research consortium.
The Future Forum Pulse, which Slack released this morning, surveyed 10,737 knowledge workers across sectors in the U.S., Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the U.K. in November. Among the respondents, remote workers reported a better employee experience than those who spent some or all of their workweek in an office.
Remote, hybrid and office workers are all having better work experiences than they were at the end of 2020.
But across the board, remote workers reported better experiences than others. Remote workers said they had better work-life balance (33.4, compared to 25.9 for hybrid workers and 19.7 for office workers), more flexibility (37.9, compared to 30.9 for hybrid workers and 22.3 for office workers), better feelings about their stress or anxiety levels (19.9, compared to 16 for hybrid workers and 11.2 for office workers) and a greater ability to focus (36, compared to 30.7 for hybrid workers and 29.5 for office workers).
That said, hybrid work appears to be the model of choice. Between May and November, the percentage of respondents splitting their time between home and the office rose from 46% to 58%, and 68% of respondents said they prefer hybrid work.
Executives are worried about proximity bias as hybrid work becomes the norm. Executives are growing increasingly worried about mitigating proximity bias, or favoritism of workers who spend more time in the office or close to leadership.
If you want to start your own delivery business, hire your own drivers, coach them and then fire them while someone is recording you for TikTok, Amazon will let you do just that. The program is called Delivery Service Partner, or DSP. One of those partners is now claiming that DSP is designed to make it virtually impossible for business owners to make a profit. It’s not exactly Amazon’s version of an MLM, but it’s not not that either. According to workplace reporter Anna Kramer, the lawsuit alleges that the company misled partners about their potential for success and that Amazon relied on the federal government’s paycheck protection plan to stay afloat.
Businesses need applications faster than ever before, and they need them to solve increasingly complex, sophisticated problems. This means IT teams need a more efficient way to quickly deliver powerful software and a better way to partner with their business counterparts. That’s where low-code comes in.
I’ve got a quick one for you today: Control + Command + Space brings up the emoji keyboard. It doesn’t work everywhere, unfortunately (it’s a bit laggy on Slack and doesn’t work on Google Docs at all). But it does work for Google Search, Twitter, Notion and more. The more you know!
As the pandemic rolls on, people are continuing to exit the workplace due to new COVID-related stressors. No one is more familiar with this challenge than parents who have been forced to fill in the child care gaps for children who are out of school due to closures. And even among parents, there's an imbalance as far as who is leaving (and thinking of leaving). Non-white parents continue to lead the trend, according to a recent survey by McKinsey. Here’s what they found:
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