November 12, 2021
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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: A workplace state of the union, testing resumes and rising tech salaries.
—Amber Burton, Reporter (twitter | email)
As we approach the end of the year — or at least the holidays, because let's face it, that's when out of office responses begin rolling in — I thought I'd take stock of where we are in terms of the tech industry and the workplace. Spoiler alert: It's still weird.
I myself picked up and moved from Manhattan to North Carolina several months into the pandemic and never went back. (Yes, I do in fact miss my small apartment with only two windows. Thanks for asking.) I've spent over a year working solely from home, most of my meetings take place over Zoom, and I've never met my team in person, except for that one colleague I recruited from my old place of work (hey, Michelle!), even though some experts say you shouldn't do that.
The uncertainty of my work life is far from unique. Grand declarations of returning to the office have been followed by grand email announcements from leaders across the industry postponing the return to the office. And despite countless predictions for the very near future of work, the current state of the workplace remains unclear. Eighteen months into the pandemic and routines are still hard to come by and several hours on video conference calls is still hard. Employees who once agreed to come to the office three days a week are doing well if they make it in even once a week.
So from our workplace (team) to yours, here's a look at where we are in the world of work, chaos and all:
We're in more meetings than ever.
We're still waiting for magical enterprise technology to swoop in and solve all the problems in our hybrid work lives.
We're going head over heels for productivity apps.
Despite the increase in cool perks like unlimited vacation, people are taking less time off.
All this considered, tech companies are still betting on the home office as the future of work.
Would you interview someone who listed "team coffee maker" or "Phi Beta Phi — fraternity record for most vodka shots in one night" on their resume? According to an informal experiment run by an anonymous software engineer, the answer is a resounding 'yes!' The engineer, who requested not to be named, sent out a fake resume under the name of Angelina Lee with a list of flashy companies and bizarre job descriptions to boot. He wanted to test whether where you work and went to school really make a difference in tech, wrote my colleague Anna Kramer in her story this week. All signs point to the idea that it does. The fake applicant received repeated requests for interviews from Robinhood, Dropbox, Airtable and more.
Achieving work equity in a hybrid world means equipping employees with the tech tools that enable them to feel fully seen, heard and valued no matter where they are. Work equity is the outcome of a business that champions work-from-anywhere, deploying technology to give workers autonomy and increase collaboration across underrepresented groups.
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