June 28, 2022
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Welcome back to our Workplace newsletter. It’s only been four days since the SCOTUS decision. In case you missed our workplace coverage of the weekend, we wrote about what tech companies are doing to support workers and how companies can prepare for what’s next. Today: Michelle Ma returned from Collision in Toronto, where she spoke to dozens of tech execs and startup founders about what’s happening in their workplaces right now. Here’s what industry leaders think about hybrid growing pains, the looming recession and whether it's OK now (or ever) to talk about politics at work.
I was at the Collision tech conference last week in Toronto moderating two panels on hybrid work and the war for talent. I also had the chance to talk, mingle and brush shoulders IRL for the first time in a long time with hundreds of founders, tech execs and VCs. I asked them how they’re feeling about remote work, the state of the economy and what it means for their businesses, as well as the biggest challenges they’re facing right now from a talent and workplace front. Here’s what they told me:
Hybrid and remote work is here to stay, but there are still cost and collaboration elements to figure out.
There’s a growing debate in tech over whether or not companies should take a stand on social issues.
We’re headed toward a recession, but they’re not worried (at least not for their own businesses).
President Biden may have undone some of the immigration restrictions from the Trump era, but the U.S. still turns away hundreds of thousands of highly skilled tech workers each year, even those educated in the U.S. The U.K. seems to have taken notice, and has set up a new visa that could woo talent across the pond. The High Potential Individual visa looks for “talented graduates in areas such as science, engineering and research from internationally renowned universities,” according to the U.K.’s Home Office.
Why full-stack observability should be a priority as enterprises face the next wave of innovation: Full-stack observability with business context enables companies to digest IT performance to easily identify where they can prioritize performance and tackle issues that strategically impact their bottom line. This correlation of technology and business data allows IT leaders to make smarter, strategic decisions based on actual business impact.
O’Reilly just released its 2022 Cloud Salary Survey, analyzing trends in compensation, remote work, training and other workplace issues. The results from the nearly 1,500 cloud professionals that O’Reilly surveyed showed that job titles matter, even if they’re not at all consistent across the industry.
The survey offered the choice of four roles: executive, director, manager or associate. It also allowed respondents to write in their own titles, and O’Reilly said that roughly half chose this option.
Average salaries of cloud professionals, according to title:
The chip industry isn’t sexy enough for college grads — and that's really bad news.
AWS paid an outside firm to investigate worker allegations. The firm found nothing wrong.
The battle for compensation benchmarking tools is heating up. Pave just bought Option Impact.
A firm backing underrepresented founders just laid off 75% of its staff.
Why full-stack observability should be a priority as enterprises face the next wave of innovation: Organizations that have already started the move to a full-stack observability approach are seeing results and clear return on investment (ROI). In the AppDynamics research, 86% of technologists reported greater visibility across their IT stack over the last 12 months when implementing full-stack
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
Meta tells employees not to discuss abortion on its internal workplace communication platform … again.
Learn from Elon’s mistakes: If you’re calling all your employees back to the office, better make sure there are enough parking spaces and desks.
Are your remote work policies even legal? Tech companies might consider hiring a professional to make sure they are.
And speaking of the law, on Friday we wrote about what experts say companies should do post-Roe. Law360 provides additional considerations for companies, including that they should “prepare for legal challenges.”
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