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Chinese Tech workers are unhappy with their 996 (9 am to 9 pm, 6 days a week) work schedule. A 2018 survey by China Central Television and the National Bureau of Statistics said that Chinese workers, on an average have 2.27 leisure hours. These are less than half the time that people have in the US, Germany, and the UK. Earlier this year Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China's richest men, was criticized for endorsing long working hours by calling them “a blessing”.
This Thursday, Sephora, cosmetic retail giant, announced to its 16,000 US employees that on June 5 its stores and other associated workplaces will remain closed. Sephora will use this day to hold inclusion training workshop. To continue with its inclusion drive, Sephora plans a marketing campaign that it will launch later this summer, reports HR Dive.
Six percent of American hourly workers arrive late to work, Deputy found in its new study. This conclusion was drawn based on the analysis of 12-months data of 1.2 million global work shifts. The study further said Illinois has the tardiest hourly shift workers and California has the most punctual workers. Gen Z was most likely to get late for work, while baby boomers were least tardy, the study reported.
A research conducted by Condeco says that remote work options are becoming more mainstream. The research was conducted among 750 companies. 43 percent U. S employers offer remote work arrangement and 49 percent allow workers to set their timings, the report said. Australia is leading in remote-work options. Germany is least likely to offer remote work options.
On Thursday, Legg Mason Inc announced that it is cutting 120 jobs. This move came a few days after the appointment of Nelson Peltz and Ed Garden as directors. According to a Legg Mason spokeswoman, the job cuts will be from shared services like human resources or finance. On Monday, Legg Mason had raised its board size with the appointment of Peltz and Garden.
Higher the base pay, the stronger the retention of millennials will be, a study a Mercer found. This is contrary to the popular notion that millennials are chronic and dissatisfied job-hoppers, and that they care less about pay. Instead, the study found that millennials value employers who allow them to develop their career and move up in their organizational roles.
The lawmakers in Connecticut have decided to raise the minimum wage in the city to $15 per hour by 2023. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 and has remained the same for the last ten years. House Bill 5004 would introduce an increase to $11, effective from Oct 1, 2019, and propose to increase it by $1 each year for the next four years.
On Wednesday, Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon, refused to address employees demanding the company to take action on the climate crisis. The demand came from 50 members of the group Amazon Employees for Climate Justice who signed a letter and urged Amazon to overhaul its climate change. Jeff hasn’t responded to these events so far, the Guardian report says.
On Wednesday, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union filed a new petition for a union election at Volkswagen’s Tennessee plant. This is the second time the union has filed the petition. Earlier the petition was dismissed. The move came after the National Labor Relations Board asked workers to refile their petition after three U. S senators urged Volkswagen to expedite elections.
A survey conducted by Flex Jobs and ABD Blue Start Families says nearly half of the military spouses face discrimination during their job hunt. Further, 91 percent of spouses said being a military spouse had a negative impact on their career job. Half of the military spouses hide their status as a military spouse to avoid discrimination, the survey revealed.
After a slew of sexual harassment accusations against multinational companies, McDonald’s is now up on the stage. In 25 lawsuits filed against the company on Tuesday, it was accused of condoning sexual harassment and retaliating against employees. The accusations cover alleged misconduct at McDonald’s sites in 20 US cities. These include incidences of groping, indecent exposure, propositions for sex, and lewd comments.
According to UNESCO, the female gender of digital assistants such as Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa is entrenching harmful gender biases. Research released by the UN agency claims that the submissive and flirty responses offered by the assistants to queries reinforce ideas of women as subservient. At least 5 percent of interactions with digital assistants are unambiguously sexually explicit, reports a digital assistant maker.
General Assembly, a New York-based boot camp provider, and Microsoft have partnered to upskill 15,000 workers in artificial intelligence over the next three years. 2,000 workers will be trained in the first year, while other 13,000 will be trained in the coming three years. AI will create 133 million new roles by 2022, according to the World Economic Forum.
Ford Motor Co. will soon cut down its workforce worldwide and eliminate as many as 7,000 salaried jobs. This move will save Ford about $600 million a year. Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett informed about this decision in a memo to employees. According to reports, in the U. S, total salaried job cuts will add to 2,300.
A Yoh survey says sixty-nine percent of workers think artificial intelligence has no use in hiring tasks. The survey also found 40 percent of adults feel AI is unacceptable in screening new hires and 30 percent felt AI shouldn’t conduct interviews. Worldwide talent professionals have integrated AI to screen candidates more effectively and reduce hiring time. The findings of the survey speak otherwise.
The introduction of paternity leave in Spain has resulted in effect opposite to expectations. A study found that parents who received paternity leave took a longer time to have another child. Spain is a low–fertility country and paternity leave has led to delay in fertility for eligible Spanish couples. The survey also found that the desired number of children among men has dropped.
Despite good pay, perks, and career advancement opportunities, most women are skeptical to work in construction. Most young women see construction as dirty work and see it as more appropriate for men. Seemingly, interactive technology is changing their minds. Companies like Cannon offer training programs for young women in areas such as plumbing, electrical, and construction. The girls also get industry experience via simulators.
Some U.S companies are training workers in programming and robotics. As per a WSJ report, the increasing competition from China is pushing companies to buy robots, which in turn requires to train workers. Drew Greenblatt, chief executive of manufacturing firm Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, purchased $2 million worth of robots and the companies now develop a code so robots can make parts to specifications.
According to new research by leanin.org and Survey Monkey, 60 percent of managers who are men are uncomfortable participating in common job-related activities with women. The number which was 46 percent a year ago. Men across all age groups are now more hesitant to engage with women in business-related activities. #MeToo seems to have caused more damage than repair.
Lately, Amazon announced that it will expand its Delivery Service Partner Program. Amazon will help its employees start their own small package delivery businesses. It will provide $10,000 in start-up funds plus three month’s salary to participating employees. Given recent division issues between employees and contractors, this would require Amazon to stay vigilant.