Over Working

Evolving hiring practices, the American (over)work culture, and the recent discussion on justice and open debate.

Victor Saad

Founder

Welcome to issue No. 9 of Work Different — a weekly summary of the top articles focused on workplace culture and career development.

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the power of a job. The identity that decent work can give someone is spectacular —a sense of accomplishment, purpose, and contribution. And then there’s the resources to build a life, and the community that comes along with a daily shared experience. No matter how simple or complex, no matter how public or in-the-shadows it is, a decent job shouldn’t be so difficult to achieve. And if we can help more people land a job where they can learn, grow, earn, and give, we can give people a bit more security and control over their lives. I think that’s partly why this work means so much to me, and probably to you too. The articles we share each week feel like little reminders of the power of the workplaces we build and the cultures we foster. Keep building friends. The world needs you.

WORTH READING

On Evolving Hiring Practices

Poor hiring decisions are costly and time-consuming. And today, it’s ever more challenging to conduct efficient recruitment virtually. This piece by Mosaic Ventures highlights some of the novel approaches to talent acquisition, such as peer-to-peer interviewing, and marketplaces or community-based products which can intelligently match employers with candidates. While the long-term impact of the pandemic and hiring practices remain to be seen, employers and recruiters have already noticed persistent trends during hiring processes. For instance, recruitment processes are now closing faster than ever, and time zones are replacing locations as a key element of recruitment decisions. Mosaic Ventures

Credit: Oli Scarff

On the American (Over)Work Culture

It is a known fact that Americans work. A lot. In this piece, Tim Wu highlights the problem of overwork and the associated stress and burnout felt in many American law firms, banks, and high-tech companies. “How can we at once be more productive, have more workers, and yet still be working more hours?” Some believe that Americans have a stronger work ethic compared to workers from other countries. Others argue that the rise in work is related to inequality — white collar workers and executives earn exponentially more — which means every hour worked becomes marginally more valuable. Enjoy this thoughtful read. The New Yorker.

Credit:  TED

On the Discussion on Justice and Open Debate

On July 7th, Harper’s Magazine published “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate” that expressed the authors’ concern for the decline of social debate and the rise of “cancel culture” and “a blinding moral certainty.” The letter’s 153 authors are mostly white, wealthy journalists, authors, and writers affiliated with prestigious universities and publications. Here’s a snippet:

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted. While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty.”

Shortly after, on July 10th, a group of writers of color published a scathing reaction to the Harper’s letter citing the irony of the piece: “Nowhere in it do the signatories mention how marginalized voices have been silenced for generations in journalism, academia, and publishing.”

Read the Harper’s piece here and the letter in The Objective here.

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Victor Saad

Founder

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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