Why Freelancing is dominating the workforce (The Next Web)
Lessons in Scaling Startup Culture from Shopify’s Harley Finkelstein (Canadian Business)
Great quote: “We don’t let the title define the role; we let the role define the title. My job at Shopify hasn’t been to oversee sales or another specific area—it’s been to add as much value as I can.“
‘One question I always ask a client when performing a cultural assessment is “How much time do you spend with your employees after 5 p.m.?” Having a beer, playing a round of golf or playing softball shows a human face and empathy that build good relationships and demonstrate both individual concern and trust.’
“In fact, 25- to 35-year-olds said they’d be willing to give up an average of $7,600 in pay for a better situation at the office, such as more career development and a healthier work/life balance.”
“Four in 10 bosses said they believed their staff would be just as productive in six hours as in eight hours”
Performance reviews: will machines replace managers? (The Australian Business Review)
Research from US firm Corporate Executive Board found two-thirds of employees receiving the highest scores in a typical performance management system “are not actually the organisation’s highest performers”
How Politically Correct Should the Workplace Be? (The Atlantic)
Workaholics: Let Google’s machine learning tool solve your work-life balance problems (TechRepublic) – leverage machine intelligence to find time to work out more, spend more time with family, or learn a new skill!
HubSpot executives respond to book that mocked company (Boston Globe)
“After a spate of damning articles about Nest, CEO Tony Fadell came to the weekly staff meeting of sister company Google to counter the negative press and defend Nest’s corporate culture” – Insight into “Googlegeist”; Google’s internal employee survey system.
“The on-demand economy is attracting more than 22.4 million consumers annually and $57.6 billion in spending. The largest category of on-demand spending is online marketplaces (e.g. Ebay, Etsy), with 16.3 million consumers each month spending almost $36 billion annually. Transportation (e.g. Uber, Lyft) comes in second with 7.3 million monthly consumers and $5.6 billion in annual spending, followed by food/grocery delivery (e.g. Instacart) at 5.5 million monthly consumers and $4.6 billion annual spending. Other on-demand services including home services (e.g. TaskRabbit), freelancer services (e.g. Elance), and health and beauty services (e.g. StyleSeat) account for $8.1 billion in spending each year, and all other on-demand activity comes in at $3.8 billion.”
And here’s how you fit Elon Musk’s CV on one page…