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advertisement advertisement advertisement Saru Jayaraman likes to say the restaurant industry had a “pre-existing condition” long before the pandemic. “It was already the nation’s second largest private sector employer with the absolute lowest wage jobs of any industry,” says Jayaraman, the cofounder and president of One Fair Wage . The pandemic only exacerbated the financial insecurity of working in the restaurant industry—but with the added threat of contracting a dangerous virus. “Millions and millions of these workers were forced to go back to work before they felt safe or ready because they got no benefits, [and] they had no choice,” she says. “And what our data has shown is that when they went back to work, it was a nightmare.” advertisement advertisement A report by One Fair Wage found that nearly half of food service workers had at least one coworker who contracted COVID-19. More than 80% of them saw their tips decline … [Read more...] about A $15 federal minimum wage would reshape the lives of working people. Can Biden deliver?
advertisement advertisement advertisement The start of this new year marks an opportune time to reflect. While we’ve all happily waved goodbye to 2020, business leaders still face a great deal of uncertainty as we turn the corner. advertisement advertisement In my role as the head of Slack Fund, Slack’s venture capital arm, I have the pleasure of speaking with and supporting entrepreneurs and startup founders, as part of our mission to to invest in and collaborate with the next great wave of enterprise software companies. Since starting up the fund in 2015, we’ve made more than 85 investments across North America and Europe, including companies like performance management software Lattice , virtual event platform Hopin , and digital whiteboard Mural . In recent weeks, I’ve spent additional time with many of our founders in the Slack Fund portfolio, digging in on the issues that are top of mind as 2021 starts to take shape. … [Read more...] about What startup founders are saying on creating sustainable work cultures
advertisement advertisement advertisement We’re nearing a year since the mass exodus from office working to working from home, which for many was a new frontier. For some, working from home was a productivity boon, eliminating commute time and minimizing office distractions such as noisy open office spaces and drive-by meetings. For others, working from home proved more difficult if they thrived on collaborative interaction with others or found themselves being a full-time worker as well as a full-time teacher for children doing remote learning . advertisement advertisement But now, as the novelty wears off and the virtual meetings drag on, the pull toward distraction can grow stronger. In a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit called “In Search of Lost Focus: The Engine of Distributed Work,” some of the top work-from-home distractions were the temptation to relax at 28%, household-related chores at 25%, and the need to … [Read more...] about A guide to balancing work and leisure if you’re feeling more distracted than ever