August 21, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. While Mark Zuckerberg was busy changing his metaverse profile pic, we’ve been collecting all the workplace news you need to do your job better. Today companies are cutting jobs even as they say they want to hire. Plus, the “Stop Woke Act” in Florida tried to make diversity training at work illegal. A federal judge just blocked it.
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Businesses are facing an unprecedented talent shortage. So why are half of them also cutting jobs? This push-pull dynamic in the labor market surfaced in PwC’s latest Pulse Survey of over 700 public and private company executives, 14% of whom lead tech, media and telecom organizations. (Most others hail from consumer markets, industrial products and financial services.)
Even as these execs ranked talent acquisition and retention as the second-biggest risk to their business — right after the top risk, cyberattacks — many are cutting staff and withdrawing job offers.
This all adds up to a “labor market paradox,” Bhushan Sethi, joint global leader of PwC’s People and Organization practice, told reporters on Thursday. Amid all of the freezes and job cuts, execs cited growth as their top business objective (83%), and only 30% said recession poses a major risk to their companies.
Hybrid work is still hard to navigate. Companies are pulling out of real estate investments, but leaders are still struggling to figure out how to balance remote and in-person working styles.
Meanwhile, DEI experts from all over the tech industry are celebrating the news of the blocked law. But while diversity training is essential, it’s still easy to get it wrong. "I do think there are practitioners out there telling white people, 'You’re bad and it needs to be your life’s work to sort of undo the historical racism in this country,'" Kellie Wagner, chief executive of the DEI Collective, told The Wall Street Journal. “That’s not the approach that we take.”
In an interview earlier this year, Y-Vonne Hutchinson, CEO and founder of the DEI consulting firm ReadySet, told Protocol that leaders should focus less on guilt and more on allyship. Hutchison explained that in the context of the workplace today, allyship is “a practice of continuously showing up, and showing up with humility to undo the systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc. that affects your colleagues who have less privilege than you every day.”
Rachel Williams, chief diversity officer at The Motley Fool, told Protocol that while many companies focus solely on diversity and representation efforts, "inclusion is where people should start."
Read Protocol’s special report on inclusion in the workplace.
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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.
⬆️ People familiar with the matter told The Information that Cisco Systems is increasing operating expenses by $1 billion over the next year to keep people from leaving.
⬆️ Twitter is hiring! But the company is still a bit of a mess, and your new boss is not actually buying Manchester United, FYI.
⬇️ Last year Stripe acquired TaxJar, a tax compliance startup. Now sources told TechCrunch that Stripe has laid off between 45 and 55 TaxJar employees over the last month.
⬇️ According to The Verge, Crypto.com is laying off hundreds of employees and trying to hide it.
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.
Six hundred fifty Google workers are demanding more abortion care protections. Googlers already receive reproductive health care benefits, but the most recent petition asks that those benefits be extended to temporary and contract workers and also demands that Google stop any and all lobbying. (The Guardian)
Two female employees from SAP (one of the world’s largest tech companies) said the company’s HR department failed to respond effectively to reports that they were raped at company events in 2018 and 2019. “We take all allegations of misconduct and criminal behavior extraordinarily seriously. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our employees underlies all our decisions,” Joellen Perry, an SAP spokesperson, told Bloomberg. The company also says they encouraged the women to report the rapes to the police and that “The SAP of 2022 is, moreover, different than the SAP of the past.” (Bloomberg)
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