Any company should be intentional when it gives titles. Remember when you promote someone, everyone is watching and wants to know when their turn is. Furthermore, titles that may seem simple can unleash complicated issues. Take something easy like the word “manager.” Some people love seeing the word manager because they believe it signifies leadership. But sometimes someone can have this title and have no one working under them, or just a small number of people. When assigning titles, it’s necessary to consider the span of control, or how many people report to the person. Too few people reporting to a manager yields too many managers in an organization and an infinite number of layers, which you don’t want. But there can also be too many people reporting to one person. It is hard to give more than 10 direct employees the attention they need (with time for one-on-ones, oversight, etc.). … [Read more...] about I don’t care about job titles, but potential employees seem obsessed with them
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Dobbins is also concerned about the new zero-tolerance policy, which suggests that employees will be fired if they are shown to engage in discriminatory behavior. Dobbins says these policies can discourage employees from bringing complaints when they experience or witness harassment because they’re worried they may get backlash for getting someone fired. “Already, a vanishingly small percentage of people who experience harassment at work actually complain,” he says. “With a zero-tolerance policy, employees worry that the retaliation against them will be much harsher.” … [Read more...] about Sephora has a sweeping new plan for combating racism. But will it work?
If brands do want to use your newly collected information to target you on Facebook, there are a lot of ways this can go wrong. Businesses may now be able to use information such as your transaction history and profile photo to send ads that are “more relevant.” Most modern targeting systems in this space often make use of a field of artificial intelligence called deep learning, where many behavioral features can strongly correlate to race, gender, or socioeconomic class. If WhatsApp Business allows brands to use your profile photo or chats for targeting, it’s possible that the skin color of your profile photo or the nuances of your chat style may allow them to inadvertently infer sensitive information about you, resulting in a different and potentially harmful experience between people of different genders or race. … [Read more...] about WhatsApp and Facebook’s ultimatum to users reveals a privacy disaster
Currently, 19 states and the District of Columbia have signed on to use VAMS. Others are considering VAMS as a backup, and are looking to expand the use of existing vaccine tracking databases, called immunization information systems (IIS). Ten states have said they will use PrepMod, a system developed by a Maryland nonprofit that some states already use to track vaccinations. PrepMod takes users through nine different screens in order to register for a vaccination. In other words, it is not designed for emergency situations like the one we are facing today. In a demo on YouTube, the woman demonstrating the system refers to it as “a little glitchy.” … [Read more...] about ‘When can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment?’ Why the government can’t answer this simple question
The first person to discuss his timeline was de Souza, who confessed that there was a great dip in his quality of life when his family moved to England from Goa, because he had a funny accent and couldn’t talk in class, and a rise on the graph of his life when he finally met and married a woman from Goa whom he met in San Francisco. The rise and fall and rise of Zedo during the dot com bubble, bust, and the resurgence of online advertising were also “out there” for all to see. Open and transparent, de Souza speaks to his employees with camaraderie and respect, embracing everyone in a company-related family. … [Read more...] about Overcoming Corporate Culture Challenges When Your Company Spans The Globe