Forget the “Poor Habits” You Learned at Previous Jobs, and Other Industry News

Amazon employees on their lunch break. Photo by Ruth Fremson, via the New York Times.
Amazon employees on their lunch break. Photo by Ruth Fremson, via the New York Times.
  • From the NYT‘s deep dive into what it’s like to work at Amazon: “They are told to forget the ‘poor habits’ they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they ‘hit the wall’ from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: ‘Climb the wall,’ others reported. … Even as the company tests delivery by drone and ways to restock toilet paper at the push of a bathroom button, it is conducting a little-known experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers, redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable. The company, founded and still run by Jeff Bezos, rejects many of the popular management bromides that other corporations at least pay lip service to and has instead designed what many workers call an intricate machine propelling them to achieve Mr. Bezos’ ever-expanding ambitions.”
  • Hmm. That makes us think about employee turnover, and not just at Amazon. From Entrepreneur: “There is one issue from which no business — regardless of size, type or location — is immune: employee turnover. Retaining top talent is a challenge, and this challenge is increasing in difficulty with the millennial-employee population.”
  • “I can’t shake that underlying sense of inbox dread: messages I’ve been meaning to reply to, email introductions I promised I’d make, newsletters I vowed I’d read retroactively. No matter how on top of things I am, it feels like I’m constantly on a mission to tackle my inbox”. Ugh. Sound familiar? This list of inbox decluttering tips from WeWork‘s Creator will help.
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