Work Futures Daily Minipost - Greed and Flex

| Greedy Work | Flexy Work | Publicy | What Teams Want | Irwin Corey |

Beacon NY - 2019-05-20 — After a wet and brief spring, it appears that we have barged into summer here in NY state. I am wearing shorts, and a straw hat, like most of the tourists rubbernecking on Beacon's Main Street. Beacon was rated 'Hippest City in America under 20,000 population' by some tourism magazine, and that really attracts a lot of weekenders from the surrounding area. They're coming on bus tours, now. I'm not kidding.

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Stories

Work in America Is Greedy. But It Doesn’t Have to Be. | Claire Cain Miller discovers that in a tight job market, more employers are finding that offering flextime (of various flavors) leads to attracting and retaining workers.

[from Flexwork Pays]

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My boss gave me flextime when I became a mom, and it became harder to advance my career | Anisa Purbasari Horton tells the other side of the flextime story:

When lawyer-turned-entrepreneur Amy Nelson was working as a litigator, she asked her boss for flextime after her first child was born. She quickly realized that such an arrangement effectively meant that she was working 40 hours but at a reduced rate.

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In If We Care So Much About What Google Knows, Why Do We Keep Telling It Everything?, Jennifer Senior says it simply takes too much time to operate privately in a public world online.

[from Jennifer Senior on Publicy]

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Survey: How modern teams actually want to work | Ben Taylor relates some perhaps surprising results from a Dropbox survey.

Productivity is being displaced as the prime mover at work.


Quote of the Day

If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.

| Irwin Corey, accepting the the National Book Award in 1974 for Gravity’s Rainbow. Thomas Pynchon sent him in his place.


Elsewhere

Microsoft, Slack, Zoom, and the SaaS Opportunity | Ben Thompson provides a solid explanation of the dynamics in the enterprise software marketplace, as exemplified by three leading companies.

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‘They Were Conned’: How Reckless Loans Devastated a Generation of Taxi Drivers | Brian Rosenthal unrolls the collapse of the market for taxi medallions, and the sharks that took unwitting taxi drivers for everything they had. Oh, and Uber and Lyft were complicit, too.