September 13, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. If you’re in HR and you have ADHD or if you’re just looking for some productivity tips for focusing on super boring tasks, try listening to music, writing out tasks with fancy colored pens, scheduling a “productivity hour” or experimenting with one of the many other tips in this Reddit thread.
Plenty of Western tech companies hire people from across the world. But often they’re taking advantage of cheap local wages or only offering gig work. Generally, they’re not focused on hiring people living in active war zones or countries barraged by floods.
Enter Sora Union, a new startup that’s hiring exactly those people. Built out of former Evernote CEO Phil Libin’s startup studio All Turtles, Sora Union specifically hires people displaced by climate change or conflict and pays them a global, standardized rate.
The type of work Sora Union offers isn’t novel. Neither is the recruiting strategy. The difference is their target hires are in places most companies tend to overlook for full-time, remote jobs.
Sora Union wants to leverage the power of remote work to combat displacement, even in a small way. Climate change and political conflict are already displacing millions — Sora Union isn’t going to single-handedly solve the problem. But its leaders are hoping their model will spread.
If Sora finds success competing with other design/localization agencies, perhaps others will recognize the wealth of talent across the globe. That’s Dalton’s main goal.— Lizzy Lawrence, reporter (email | twitter)
When it comes to explaining complex subjects in cybersecurity, Katie Nickels is the go-to for many in the security community. Nickels is not only an expert in the tradecraft of cyberthreat intelligence, but she’s also proficient at “synthesizing complex and ambiguous topics in such a way that somebody can really pick it up and run with it,” said Robert Lee, co-founder and CEO of industrial cybersecurity vendor Dragos.
Having that combination of abilities — expert, communicator and educator — is a rarity in cybersecurity, and “I can’t think of any higher compliment to pay somebody” than that, Lee said.
Still, Nickels wouldn’t want anyone to think that she knows it all at this point or is “untouchable.”
“Over my career, I've just learned and listened to people and connected with people,” she told Protocol. “I continue to be driven by trying to share with others. But like everyone else in this community, I'm still learning.”
Ultimately, getting involved in the information security community, Nickels said, is “about connecting with people. And anyone can do that, regardless of where they are in their career, regardless of the number of Twitter followers they have.”
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The mandate is clear. Modern businesses need to provide a seamless, tech-enabled, end-to-end customer experience across their organizations: to always be ready, no matter the time or the platform, to promptly address customer needs and provide a human connection. This requires eliminating silos, increasing automation and analytics and ensuring that the front end and the back end are aligned to deliver a positive experience for your customers and your team. But how do you achieve this in today’s digital landscape?
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A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Quiet quitting is your boss’s fault. (Harvard Business Review)
David Brooks finally realized that the open-office plan will eventually kill us all. (The New York Times)
Did someone in a meeting make fun of you for being alive when Reagan was president? Here’s everything you need to know about age discrimination at work. (Bloomberg)
Two dozen tech founders living in a mansion. What could go wrong? (Vox)
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