January 11, 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: what skills are in demand among freelance tech workers, performance improvement plans, and shifting trends in tech recruiting.
—Amber Burton, reporter (email | twitter)
The past year brought forth a wave of people finally working on their own terms. And while for some tech workers that meant taking a flashy, flexible job at another company, for others it meant cutting ties with full-time work and embracing freelance life.
It’s appealing. Who wouldn’t want to pick and choose whatever jobs they want with the guarantee that they can work from wherever they want? And with the increasingly competitive job market for highly skilled tech workers, tech freelancers are in demand.
Freelance network Upwork has witnessed a rise in the number of employers seeking tech talent since the start of the pandemic. The reason? More companies are looking for more technical help as they increase their digital presence, said Margaret Lilani, the vice president of Talent Solutions at Upwork. On Tuesday, the company released its 10 most in-demand skills for technology freelancers this year. Here are the top skills for tech:
A lot of these skills were once part of in-house positions at companies. Now, in the face of the Great Resignation and increasing competition for talent, companies have been forced to seek those skills elsewhere, said Lilani.
The makeup of who is freelancing is changing as well. Lilani has seen an increase in the amount of people with more traditional backgrounds.
Lilani offered the following advice for recruiters and hiring managers seeking a highly skilled tech freelancer for the first time:
Performance improvement plans (PIPs) are ostensibly designed to help people get back on track and perform well in their roles. But for many employees, PIPs are often viewed as walking papers. They can leave little room for workers to improve their performance and come out alive, even if the employee makes a good-faith effort, reported my colleague Michelle Ma. She spoke with lawyers, HR experts and tech workers to find out why PIPs so frequently hurt the people they claim to help, and how to make them more effective for all involved. One HR expert suggested we shouldn’t refer to them as PIPs at all.
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More recruiters are eschewing the traditional pipeline for hiring in tech and casting a broader net. According to a new 2022 survey by CodinGame and CoderPad of almost 14,000 developers and recruiters, the number of companies hiring applicants with “non-academic” backgrounds has increased.
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Software company Autodesk appointed Rebecca Pearce as its chief people officer. Prior to the role, Pearce was vice president of People and Places at the company.
Space data and analytics company Spire Global appointed Tim Braswell as chief people officer. Braswell was formerly senior HR partner for C-suite leaders at MetLife.
WalkMe appointed Chelsea Pyrzenski as chief people officer. Prior to joining the SaaS company, Pyrzenski was chief human resources officer at HireRight.
A roundup of workplace news from the farthest corners of the internet.
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, women are beating out men in growth of workforce participation.
Online gaming platform Roblox has benefited from the work of children, with many claiming they’ve been financially exploited.
More companies are offering benefits to help workers build up their emergency savings.
The battle for talent has reached the metaverse … or at least the people trying to build it.
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