January 4, 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: tech executives’ resolutions for 2022, T-groups and what job seekers want in the new year.
—Amber Burton, reporter (email | twitter)
Some of us try to pretend we’re above making New Year's resolutions, but let’s be honest, you likely have a list of 2022 “intentions'' hiding in the recesses of your phone’s notes app. I get it. It’s casual. We don’t want to commit too quickly to any resolutions for fear of failing at the start of the year. But whether you call them “intentions,” “resolutions,” “goals” or “vague recommitments,” we all know the importance of fresh starts and clear directions. And tech leaders know too.
Protocol wanted to know what tech execs and CEOs are aiming to do in 2022. My colleague Allison Levitsky spoke with several leaders about their New Year’s resolutions. And they’re surprisingly relatable. Here’s a glimpse into some of the goals they shared.
Beyond their personal resolutions, many tech execs are just trying to achieve work-life balance like the rest of us. My colleague Michelle Ma reported how tech leaders are setting up personal boundaries and changing their relationships to work in the new year. One insight? Communicate what you need.
The takeaway? Go easy on yourself this year. We’re all just trying to find the time to finish that online course we started a year ago.
Does your CEO need to learn how to emote? There’s a T-group for that. T-groups, otherwise known as training groups, are gaining popularity among startup founders and CEOs who want to learn how to optimize their emotional skills — something that’s become more important as organizations look to scale alongside a healthy work environment. The groups usually involve anywhere from eight to 12 participants and two facilitators who lead the group in discussing their emotional experience and providing a cringeworthy level of honest feedback. The goal is to improve participants’ ability to connect and communicate. “It kind of feels like you’re hacking the communication cycle,” Dallin Harris, the founder and president of the design and web development company Skyhook Interactive, told my colleague Allison Levitsky. “I don’t think I’ve ever done anything before or since that was more helpful to my career.”
Here are some of the workplace tools you actually need for a more productive 2022.
If 2021 taught us anything, it’s that workers call the shots now.
What does the world’s first Pay Gap Store look like? Something like this.
59 million Americans work outside the traditional employer benefit system - and more and more are moving away from that model as the gig economy grows. People, during the pandemic, are taking a step back and thinking about the traditional job setting and asking: ‘Is this what I want to do?’
We spend more time in front of screens than ever, for both work and entertainment. That’s why Protocol is going beyond the buzzwords — like blockchain and Web3 — to report in depth on what’s happening with the future of the internet and entertainment as we know it. Follow along as we launch our latest vertical: Protocol | Entertainment.
Color-code your calendar events in order to make more sense of your meetings. At a glance, you can see how many team meetings, 1:1s, client calls and all-hands you have that week. On Outlook, click “Categorize” on a new or existing event to choose a color. Google Calendar has color tags as well.
On another note — send me the productivity tools, tips and hacks you’re looking at in the new year. I’m always interested in learning more about the tools other people live by. Reach me on Twitter or over email!
It’s no secret that the tech talent shortage of 2021 has carried over to 2022. Tech companies around the world are still feeling the effects of the labor shortage (take a look at today’s "Around the internet" section if you want to read more on this). But perhaps one of the best ways for hiring managers to recruit top talent in the new year is by continuing to listen to what workers want out of their jobs. The American Staffing Association recently released its latest survey conducted by The Harris Poll regarding what job seekers are looking for in their search in the new year. Here’s what to keep in mind as you strategize the best ways to recruit potential employees.
Workplace platform Envoy appointed Annette Reavis as its new chief people officer. Prior to joining the company, Reavis was chief people officer at Root and VP of HR at Facebook.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Never thought we would arrive at this place, but here’s how to think about workplace boundaries when bringing your dog to the office.
One fun tweet: Job van der Voort, co-founder and CEO of Remote, shared some of his learnings from managing people remotely for almost a decade. Looks like we’ll need this advice again this year.
ICYMI before vacation: Has Miami lived up to its claim that it could be the antidote to Silicon Valley for growing tech companies?
Fast Company’s most anticipated tech products for 2022 include two mixed-reality headsets. Is the virtual commute to work closer than we think?
Like the rest of the tech industry, the world’s chip makers are feeling the pains of the labor shortage.
Thoughts, questions, tips? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day, see you Thursday.