To understand the potential of remote work, look no further than GitLab, the open-source software developer that has operated on a fully remote basis for years, and currently employs more than 1,200 people in 65 countries. Years ago, GitLab’s model was an outlier, requiring the company to develop new tools and protocols to allow employees to communicate and collaborate effectively across time zones. New hires receive a sprawling employee handbook that details best practices for everything from Slack bots and watercooler chats to guidelines for throwing a virtual pizza party. … [Read more...] about The office as we know it is over—and that’s a good thing
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The New Yorker‘s 30,000-plus-word essay “The Plague Year,” Rainbird’s project presents how the year unfolded concisely. “I wanted something that could fit on a poster, essentially,” he says. Somebody could look at that poster in 10, 20 years and learn something from it about how quickly a pandemic can take hold or get out of hand.” … [Read more...] about The story of the pandemic in a single poster
Once thought of as a relic of yesteryear, the limited series—or miniseries, depending on which generation you belong to—has rapidly shifted back into focus. In fact, it was only six years ago that the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences adjusted its Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series category to better accommodate what networks were churning out and solidified the format’s definition as a series with at least two episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tells a non-recurring story. In every year since, we’ve seen new limited series that are both ratings magnets and critical darlings: The Queen’s Gambit, The Undoing, Watchmen, Chernobyl, The Night Of, Sharp Objects, When They See Us. … [Read more...] about Hollywood is redefining Peak TV—for better and for worse
Who wins? Kids with access to AP classes, for whom SAT Subject Tests doubled their test burden. Class of 2022 and 2023 students who were overstressed about how to take tests amid pandemic seating limitations. Who loses? Excellent essayists who would hit the essay section out of the park, and use it to prove to admissions teams that they could write cogent (albeit formulaic) essays in 50 minutes without an adult editor. Students at the 2,000 U.S. high schools without AP curricula, and the many other schools with limited AP course options. Home schoolers who want to demonstrate mastery beyond an A+ from Mom. What type of student is this a nightmare for? Subject Tests were known as a backdoor way for students to study for a few weeks and do well on an exam, and bolster an application. For example, a bright kid could study a Biology Subject Test guide book and ace the test—without taking advanced high school biology. This was useful to low-income kids without access to good … [Read more...] about Who wins and loses with the College Board’s cancellation of the SAT essay and subject tests?
And in some good news: 63% said they expected hiring to increase in 2021, while another 30% said they expect hiring to stay about the same. Only 6% said they expected hiring to decrease “somewhat” and just 1% said they expected hiring to decrease “substantially.” … [Read more...] about Taking on additional responsibilities at work? You’re not alone