Facebook at Work dominates the story this past week, as the world’s most popular social network finally enters the enterprise space. We quote Mark Zuckerberg in full below in his own announcement of the service.
StackOverflow has been busy, featuring twice with CEO Joel Spolsky garnering widespread developer support for his anti-open office policy, whilst his company make the yet another attempt reinvent the tech resume with ‘Developer Stories’.
More good / bad stuff on Automisation, Brexit, the gig economy, workplace culture and how to write emails that get opens, clicks and conversions. And don’t miss the Imgur Image Gallery of the Jobs That No Longer Exist. Essential reading for the week ahead,
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A cold email is probably still the dominant first contact method used in recruiting. Hence, you better read this post from the excellent Intercom blog on how to get opens, clicks and conversions. Designed for marketing, but hey – isn’t that what recruitment is these days? MUST READ
Insightful commentary from the trenches, as Matt Bradburn of Lyst describes the fetishisation of ‘culture’ and the specific roles leadership, employees and people ops have to play in making it real.PRACTICAL
More thought leadership from Joel Spolsky? StackOverflow CEO lambasts Facebook’s open plan office as a terrible environment for software engineering, and suggests Mark Zuckerberg is over paying to keep his engineers happy. Is he right?CONTROVERSIAL
In the digital world, this should see the acceleration of the decline of the office in favour of entirely distributed teams. True at least for the countries that remain in the EU. WARNING: VIDEO AUTOPLAY
A few years ago, a group of engineers built a version of Facebook that we use internally to make our company more open and help teams work together. It’s an app, but I think about it more as a way of running a company.
At Facebook, we’ve always had an open and transparent culture. We believe helping people share what matters to them and seeing what matters to the people they care about is important – and that is as true at work as it is anywhere else. People do their best work when they have more knowledge of what’s going on at their company, and people work together better when they understand their colleagues.
We’ve strengthened our culture by building tools that reflect our philosophy. Teams now communicate using Messenger, share feedback about what they’re working on in Groups, and participate in discussions happening across the company in a version of News Feed.
Every week I have an open Q&A where employees can ask me any question they want. People vote on the top questions they want me to answer in one of our groups. There are so many examples like this of how we use these tools to make our company more open and work better.
One day, we realized other companies would benefit from using these tools and being more open as well. We started letting a few organizations around the world use our tools – now called Workplace – and the feedback has been very positive. Now more than 1,000 organizations are using Workplace.
Today we’re making Workplace available to any company or organization that wants to use it. Everyone’s experience on Workplace will be different, just like everyone’s experience on Facebook is different. But I think Workplace will help more companies create the kind of open culture that encourages people to connect and share. You can learn more by visiting workplace.fb.com or by following the Workplace by Facebook page. IN HIS OWN WORDS: MARK ZUCKERBERG
StackOverflow make an attempt to reinvent the technical resume with ‘Developer Stories’ – a timeline presentation of a developers work history. Resume reinventions have been tried before, but perhaps this one will make the difference? READ COMMENTS
Tim Sackett critiques the cowardice of hiring for incremental improvement. What’s the worst hire you can ever make? The one that does not make a step change improvement on what has gone before. THOUGHT PROVOKING
Excellent post by Lars Schmidt who has a counterintuitive take on ‘Employer Branding’. You probably shouldn’t be the employereveryonewants to work for – you’ll just get deluged with applicants you can never hire. To attract the right candidates, you also have to repel the wrong ones. EXCELLENT
The gig economy faces a worker backlash as Uber drivers claim employee rights, including holiday and sick pay. Automation is surely the only outcome regardless of the decision. Is the gig economy an intermediate stage to a robot future? NEWS