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Friday Faves is our weekly blog series highlighting a few select pieces from the REG team’s reading lists. You can catch up on past Friday Faves on the archive.
Remote Work Meetup: Flexible Work with David Shirley
Have you registered for our next remote work meetup on Friday 28 August (8am AEST)? We’ll be discussing embedding and normalising flexible work practices with special guest David Shirley, Partner & Co-Founder at Flex We Are. We’ve had some great discussions at past meetups and this one will be no different – we’d love you to join in the conversation! RSVP on meetup (link below) to secure your spot.
See you next Friday!
Gender pay gap 2020
Jakkii says: This year’s Australian gender pay gap statistics are out, and as always they make for depressing reading.
The national gender pay gap is calculated by WGEA using data from the ABS.
Currently, Australia’s national gender pay gap is 14.0%. (emphasis added)
The impact of covid is obviously an unknown quantity particularly heading into next year’s statistics, and I’m not optimistic about that – there have been a number of articles written on the subject of women and covid that are certainly cause for concern, if not straight up alarm. The ABC reported in May that women were bearing the biggest brunt of job losses, while both the World Economic Forum and Unicef declared coronavirus a backwards step for gender equality. RMIT has tried to quantify the impact on women’s financial health, while UN Women have an entire segment of their website dedicated to the impact of covid on women and girls.
As the yearly results of the gender pay gap assessment show, there is still so much work to be done to achieve parity – and it seems likely covid will only make that work harder and longer.
Digitising burning man
Jakkii says: This is a great read on adapting to overcome. One of the obvious impacts of the coronavirus is that most festivals around the world have been cancelled – large gatherings of people aren’t exactly on most lists of ‘safe things to do in a pandemic’. One such impacted festival is Burning Man, which has been held annually since 1986 and in 2019 attracted almost 80,000 participants. I’m sure a Burner would step in here and point out that it’s more than just a festival, and they’d be right – effectively a temporary city is erected each year for the festival, and deconstructed and removed at the end of the event. It’s also a community, with clearly defined and stated principles:
Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Decommodification, Radical Self-Reliance, Radical Self-Expression, Communal Effort, Civic Responsibility, Leaving No Trace, Participation, and Immediacy
So what do you do with a huge group of people who want to come together, not just because they like going to Burning Man, but because they are a community? You do what everyone else is trying to do with connecting their people to work and learn from home – you digitise the event so people can participate remotely. This TechCrunch article is a great exploration of their thinking, the challenges, and what they’ve built to try to deliver some sort of an experience in 2020, albeit digital, and what they’re thinking about in terms of the future.
We may not all be trying to distill an enormous festival, community and temporary city into a digital experience, but most of our workplaces are grappling with how to move from crisis mode to the ‘next normal’ with hybrid models and remote workers, and keep the workplace community, culture and alive. It’s a relatable problem, and there just might be something to learn from the Burning Man approach.
Shooting Masks Onto People’s Faces
An American problem needs American solutions!
Jakkii says: this is a surprisingly entertaining video (just under 10min) in which the creator, Allen Pan, builds a “mask gun” (or mask launcher as it is mostly referred to throughout the video to avoid the ‘g’ word) to shoot (or launch) masks onto people’s faces. It’s a bit of fun with a serious underlying message – do your bit for public safety and wear your mask when you’re around others.
Around the house
here i am, ready to take on the week!!! pic.twitter.com/bB78QwkiIU
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 10, 2020
Jakkii says: it’s Friday, almost the weekend, some feeling fairly ‘normal’ and some are still in fairly strict lockdown. Whichever scenario you might be facing, we hope you’re staying safe and healthy and looking after your mental health too.
Here are some ways to entertain yourself at home this week:
- ABC’s board game recommendations to counter social isolation and entertain while in coronavirus lockdown
- Read about kid reporters who are reporting on the coronavirus
- 20 books from 2020 to elevate your reading list
- Find unknown pleasures with the best music books you’ve never read
- Spend up to 40 hours watching these 7 weird and loooooong YouTube videos
- Find out how to make friends in a digital-only world (according to a friendship expert)
- Make your way through this 26-part lecture series from Yale on the American novel since 1945
- Climate change: Why Death Valley’s 130F (54.4C) heat record matters
- Learn about how light pollution is leading to nocturnal animals getting lost
- Ever wondered about the origin of mud? This article has you covered
- At home with Paul McCartney: his most candid interview yet
- Apparently we’re entering the breakup phase of lockdown romance
- Peek inside the unexpected rise of animated music videos
- Tired of working from home? Maybe we’ll see cities offering ‘work from here’ packages, like these hotels in Vegas
me, to plumber: I’m so sorry about the cat, he thinks everyone is his best friend
plumber: it’s okay, I’m used to people’s cats.
::two minutes later, from the other room::
plumber: mister smitten, you are a born plumber; after this we will get a nice sandwich.
— Fiona Zublin (@bear_foot) February 1, 2019
Everything I know about the stock market is from accidentally googling 2 or 3 letters when I meant to type in a full website
— Ashley Hamilton (@AshleyHammm) August 12, 2020
If I ever get murdered, I want two white women with a podcast to solve it in their free time
— Adam (@adamgreattweet) August 13, 2020
Misinformation Friday Five
- Why the surge in racist misinformation about Kamala Harris is so worrisome
- Facebook algorithm found to ‘actively promote’ Holocaust denial
- How Instagram wellness became a gateway drug for conspiracy theories
- Facebook restricts more than 10,000 QAnon and US militia groups (including some identifying as ‘Antifa’)
- A play-by-play account of Facebook’s hate speech controversy in India
COVID-19 Friday Five
- Life, liberty and a global pandemic: how coronavirus ravaged Texas
- Workplace transmissions: a predictable result of the class divide in worker rights
- Remote learning during the pandemic has hit vulnerable students the hardest, while uni students with disabilities say remote learning must improve
- Coronavirus has a new epicentre in Latin America, and the pattern of contagion tells us a lot
- Coronavirus: the pandemic is changing our brains – here are the remedies
Bonus: Surreal scenes inside Russia’s battle against the pandemic
Work Friday Five
- Internal communicators must make the transition to a ‘future normal’
- Remote workers want to re-create those watercooler moments, virtually
- Atlassian touts future of work will be underpinned by flexibility and choice
- Woolworths hires first Chief Medical Officer
- Slack & Atlassian get deeper ties
Tech Friday Five
- The attack that broke Twitter is hitting dozens of companies
- Google says Australian law would put search and YouTube at risk. The ACCC disagrees, while Innovation Aus thinks the ACCC’s plan won’t work.
- Coronavirus has turned the humble QR code into an everyday essential
- Here’s an AI-generated David Attenborough reading Reddit threads
- (UK) Algorithm downgrades nearly 40% of English exam results, hitting poorer students hardest
Bonus: Microsoft will stop supporting Internet Explorer online in August 2021
Trump vs TikTok
- Trump’s beef with TikTok is an existential threat to the internet
- TikTok and WeChat may raise security concerns, but Trump’s knee-jerk reaction isn’t the way to deal with them
- President Trump now has a profile on TikTok rival Triller
- Trump’s incoherent policy on TikTok and China
- TikTok launches a new information hub and Twitter account to ‘correct the record’, it says
Bonus: All my TikTok followers are fake
Social Media Friday Five
- When sharing a Facebook post lands you in hot water — social media defamation risks explained
- How a network of subreddits is helping children process abuse
- Facebook is sliding into Instagram’s DMs, literally
- Study shows researchers should not rely on Facebook users when they tell you about their time spent on social media
- What will being an influencer mean in 2021 and beyond?
Corona Business Insights Podcast
From presenteeism to the hybrid workforce. What changes when remote working is here to stay?
As COVID-19 sets out to change the world forever, join Sandra Peter and Kai Riemer as they think about what’s to come in the future of business.
Remote working is not going away: who wins and loses when workers stay home?
The seven worst aspects of working at home and what to do About them
What the Dutch can teach the world about remote work
Hybrid remote work offers the worst of both worlds
The 9-5 day is ‘out of the question’: Here’s what going back to work in an office will be like
Companies are enforcing their own contact tracing to track employees
What should we do with 45,000 half-empty public buildings?
Our previous discussions on the ideal worker, corporate surveillance, employee monitoring and productivity when remote working