Gaps, Leaps, and Brainstorming

Issue No. 8 of Work Different.

Victor Saad


Welcome to issue No. 8 of Work Different — a weekly summary of the top articles focused on workplace culture and career development.

As a society, despite all the progress we’ve made towards gender equality, we still have a ways to go. Today in the US, for every dollar a man makes, a woman makes 81 cents. In this piece, Kathleen Elkins highlights the early onset of this gender inequality. Women are also more likely to suffer financial losses during the current pandemic, as they make up a larger percentage of occupations in fields like social services, education, office and administrative support, which are significantly affected by the pandemic. This disparity becomes more drastic when applied to women of color – a Black woman only earns 61 cents for every dollar that a white man earns. Strategies to close this gender and racial wage gap include advocating for pay transparency and coaching women on salary negotiations. There is certainly much more work to be done until we can successfully close the gender (and racial) wage gap. Make It.

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On Contemplating a Career Change

As you might be able to tell, our team has been on a careers kick lately. Aligning work and passion can be challenging for many. In this piece, Tim Herrera suggests that at least once a year, we take the time to evaluate where we are in our careers and if we’re pursuing a career that aligns with our values. We also need to stop identifying ourselves by our jobs or careers, and remember that our job titles don’t define us. Tim writes, “we should instead think of a job title as merely one component of a complex person who has other skills, passions, challenges, ideas, values and more.” If you are someone who has questioned your career path recently, do take some time to reevaluate. It might be time for a change, however scary it can be. You never know what you’ll find if you take the leap. New York Times.
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On How to Brainstorm Remotely

Have you found yourself and your team becoming more or less creative since you started working from home? In this piece, Art Markman offers ways to facilitate virtual brainstorming sessions without colorful sticky notes in large conference rooms. He also introduces the concept of the construal-level theory, where “the more distant you are from something in time, space, or socially, the more abstractly you think about it,” which can be a positive thing when it comes to brainstorming and problem-solving. Give this a read and pick up tips on how to get brainstorming right in the coming months. Harvard Business Review.
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Victor Saad


I’m an author, educator, and community builder living in Chicago. I started Experience Institute, an organization helping college students and career professionals learn and grow through short-term, real-world experiences.

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