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Job Losses, Like Coronavirus, Could Be Nearing a Second Wave

Of course the first wave never really ended, but let’s move past that. This is what the official unemployment rate looks like, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (PDF), as mapped out over the last two years. The problem has been exacerbated by the continued resistance of Congressional Republicans to pass another round of … Continue reading Job Losses, Like Coronavirus, Could Be Nearing a Second Wave

Remote Learning Is Prepping Kids For Lack of Work Privacy

[Extreme Dr. Forrester voice] I know who you are and I saw what you did.] Stories like this have been coming out with some regularity since late March as schools across the country invest in some mix of digital tools to monitor students during online classes and physical equipment to track them and take their … Continue reading Remote Learning Is Prepping Kids For Lack of Work Privacy

Productivity Lost Reaches a Conclusion

At the beginning of the yearI made the decision to publish Productivity Lost, originally intended as a book and then pitched as a series of contributed op-eds, as a standalone blog. It wasn’t a decision I took likely as there were a number of other options available. In fact, I knew I was actively swimming … Continue reading Productivity Lost Reaches a Conclusion

What’s Next For The Unemployed

There’s a reality being left unsaid in our current conversation. Over the course of the last several weeks there have been countless stories and reports on the continued impasse in Washington, D.C. over how and to what extent to continue the federal unemployment assistance program. Originally set at $600, this program gave those who had … Continue reading What’s Next For The Unemployed

Making a Bad Situation Worse

Going in the wrong direction. It’s nearly impossible to explain or quantify how bad the job situation in the United States is at the moment. As of this writing, the country has seen 20 straight weeks of more than 1 million new unemployment claims, a number that’s almost certainly low given it fails to count … Continue reading Making a Bad Situation Worse

Free Speech Standards at Work are…Inconsistent

Whether or not you can speak up depends on whether you’re the one in power. The idea of free, unfettered speech is under the microscope on a number of fronts lately. In addition to The Letter, which seems to confuse “freedom of speech” with “freedom of access to any platform free of consequences,” there’s also … Continue reading Free Speech Standards at Work are…Inconsistent

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The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

We’re in the Endgame now. If you’re someone who pays even a little attention to the world of media and media criticism, you’ve probably already read The Letter. Titled “A Letter On Justice and Debate” and published in Harper’s, the letter is signed by scores of well-known creatives and writers, and essentially argues the world … Continue reading The Establishment Would Like to Finally Win Now

Corporate Speak is Useful, Unless It Isn’t

There are lots of reasons to dislike jargon, and lots of reasons to use it. Every industry has its own unique set of terminology. The same goes for every company, and often every department within a company. If you say “WINUS” to someone in Industry A, it’s likely going to mean something very different than … Continue reading Corporate Speak is Useful, Unless It Isn’t

Rethinking Office Perks

People’s needs and expectations are - and are going to be - very different. You’d be hard-pressed to offer a single, cohesive and comprehensive definition of “office perks.” In practice that term can be used to describe anything from free coffee to ping-pong tables in the break room to artisan baguettes served in the commissary. … Continue reading Rethinking Office Perks