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Amazon Is a Top Employer of SNAP Recipients in Five States
In Arizona, new data suggests that one in three of the company’s own employees depend on SNAP to put food on the table.

Same as walmart, duh
of.course.they.are  amazon  business  labor  snap  corruption  walmart 
6 weeks ago by po
Why I Stopped Being Busy - Darius Foroux
We even use our busyness as an excuse for almost everything. That's sad. After I realized that I wasn't in control of my life, I decided to stop being busy.
business  wellness  time  advice 
7 weeks ago by po
Killed by Google - The Google Graveyard & Cemetery
The Google Graveyard: A list of dead products Google has killed and laid to rest in the Google Cemetery.

This reminds me of how so many important tools cast off by IBM and Microsoft as "unprofitable" in the 1980s and 90s became their own businesses. Same thing has happened with Apple and Google.
google  fail  failure  history  obituaries  services  innovation  business  ideas 
march 2019 by po
Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food | Books | The Guardian
We are now producing and consuming more food than ever, and yet our modern diet is killing us. How can we solve this bittersweet dilemma?
nutrition  calories  food  supply.chains  diet  obesity  business  culture  economics  fruit  psychology  eating 
march 2019 by po
Age bias against startup founders is rampant by age 36 — Quartz at Work
According to founders, ageism is even stronger than gender or race bias in tech.
ageism  bias  technology  business 
february 2019 by po
The Age of Tech Is Over - The Atlantic
Big tech companies now trade at one of the smallest premiums in history.
surveillance.capitalism  technology  business  corporatism  social.media  attention 
january 2019 by po
Burnout, stress lead more companies to try a four-day work week
Work four days a week, but get paid for five?

This kind of misses the point about bullshit jobs.
You could do nothing and the business would continue.
If you're part of a certain class of employee, say upper management or senior staff, the entire organization may even benefit without you goldbricking and creating an overall drag on productivity.

But we only measure what we want to know I guess...
labor  work  burnout  jobs  business  productivity 
december 2018 by po
How to stop illegal music downloads? Threaten people with surveillance — Quartz
The researchers likened downloading music to jaywalking—if you truly want to curb it, you have to figure out what signals will most effectively communicate the boundaries of the law.

Perhaps ironic that JAYWALKING is the exemplar.
Given that jaywalking is a misdemeanor invented by the automobile industry.
The parallels are, shall we say... resonant.
piracy  fear  music  business  copyright.infringement  intimidation.tactics 
december 2018 by po
The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect : Bruce F. Webster
Mildly bogus metric since the argument is that good staff retention is rare.
However, it does reflect the reality that most orgs do not effectively promote IT staff so they have to move on.
business  management  programming  project.management  software  teams  communications  critique  technology  it  patterns  labor 
december 2018 by po
What is psychological safety? — Quartz at Work
Working in a psychologically safe environment does not mean that people always agree for the sake of being nice. In fact, you could say it's the opposite.
psychology  safety  labor  work  theory.of.the.firm  organizational.theory  economics  business  workplaces  odd 
november 2018 by po
Against software development
Software grows until it exceeds our capacity to understand it.


A provocative manifesto that isn't just about software but about ethics in technology and business.
programming  culture  software.engineering  ethics  business  design  interesting  morality  philosophy  aesthetics  technology  business.ethics 
november 2018 by po
There are no "creative" industries — Quartz at Work
The best ideas in our companies and organizations are ignored because they don’t come from the “right” people.
creatives  business  creative.process  law  labor 
november 2018 by po
To have better ideas, become a better storyteller — Quartz at Work
What we call a story in the business world—often just a chronological series of events—is a poor substitute for an actual story.
advertorial  books  narratives  business 
november 2018 by po
The London Fields film is here! It's awful! And it's all thanks to a Surrey insolvency firm | Film | The Guardian
For years, it looked like the doomed Martin Amis adaptation may never see the light of day. Step forward West Byfleet’s finest…
martin.amis  movies  flops  cinema  film  culture  uk  business  insolvency  fascinating 
november 2018 by po
In Amazon Go, no one thinks I'm stealing - CNET

This isn't paranoia: shopping while black is real. We get profiled as soon as the door chimes and announces our arrival in a store. Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker was once falsely accused of shoplifting and patted down in a store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. A store associate in Switzerland wouldn't let Oprah, the billionaire media mogul, see a handbag because she thought Oprah wouldn't be able to afford it. Ninety-two percent of African-Americans said discrimination against black Americans exists today, according to a 2017 study commissioned by NPR.
african.american.experience  racism  institutional.racism  amazon  business  retail 
october 2018 by po
Why are pop songs getting so short? — Quartzy

Ponchick explained that since one stream typically earns the same no matter the track length, there’s an incentive to create shorter songs to garner as many streams as possible. “This is a total strategy to game the system,” Ponchick said. Across Repost’s more than 5,000 artists and the numerous platforms they partner with, Ponchick said “the artists who do well with us are artists who put out content frequently and content that’s shorter in length.”


This should come as no surprise that for any given metric, it will be gamed.
music  metrics  songs  length  formulaic  business  revenue  residuals 
october 2018 by po
Team Health Monitors for building high-performing teams
nothing like treating labor as anything more than the taylorist cogs they are...
culture  labor.monitoring  modern.timecards  management  business  metrics  atlassian 
september 2018 by po
See No Evil

In the past twenty years, popular and academic audiences have taken a growing interest in the physical infrastructure of global supply chains. The journalist Alexis Madrigal’s Containers podcast took on the question of how goods travel so far, so quickly. The writer Rose George traveled the world on a container ship for her book Ninety Percent of Everything. And Marc Levinson’s The Box startled Princeton University Press by becoming a national bestseller. Most recently, Deborah Cowen’s The Deadly Life of Logistics offered a surprisingly engrossing history of that all-important industry.

These books help us visualize the physical infrastructure that makes global capitalism possible. But the data infrastructure has yet to be explored. How does information travel through the supply chain in such a peculiar way, so that I know to wait impatiently at my door at the exact moment my new iPhone will arrive—but no one really seems to know how it has gotten to me?
business  capitalism  data  supply.chains  supply.chain.management  infrastructure  shipping  cargo  economics  global.economy  trade 
august 2018 by po
The open-plan office is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad idea
Shocking to absolutely nobody who actually creates value and stunning to the parasites who cannot imagine why anyone would not want to have the constant contact they crave.
office.politics  culture  labor  fail  design  business  management.fashion 
july 2018 by po
Meet Refinery29
> Refinery29 is the leading global media company focused on young women. We inspire, entertain, and empower our audience through optimistic and diverse storytelling, experiences, and points of view.
media  magazines  advertising  marketing  business 
may 2018 by po
KT tape: How does kinesiology tape work? — Quartzy
But  no one really paid attention to the tape until the 2008 Olympics when Kinesio shipped over 50,000 free rolls of the stuff to 58 participating countries, according to Pacific Standard. Some of the tape wound up on the right shoulder of US volleyball player Kerri Walsh. Despite still recovering from rotator-cuff surgery, Walsh won the gold that year with her partner Misty May-Treanor, and her signature look inspired thousands of physical therapists and sports-medicine specialists to suggest the tape for their patients.
marketing  business  snakeoil  placebos 
april 2018 by po
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