Tag: work (page 2 of 25)

Giving work oxygen

Cassie Robinson, whose work I seem to have been two steps removed from over the last decade, talks about the importance of weeknotes and working openly in general.

Her reasons for doing so?

  • It’s about radiating intent
  • It’s about modelling better ways of working
  • It’s an important feedback loop
  • It’s about creating provenance for the work and for your integrity
  • It’s a double-sided coin
  • Using your positionality

Source: Visibility of the work and its possibilities | Cassie Robinson

Algorithmic work overlords

When I read articles like this that remind me of the film Elysium, I try and tell myself that, in the end, people won’t allow themselves to be treated like this.

But, on the other hand, there are always desperate people. Also, practices like this, if they become embedded in an industry, are hard to shift. This is why trade unions exist and are necessary to counter the power of huge organisations.

Flex hirings, performance reports, and firings are all handled by software, with minimal intervention by humans. Drivers sign up and upload required documents via a smartphone app, through which they also sign up for shifts, coordinate deliveries, and report problems. It’s also how drivers monitor their ratings, which fall into four broad buckets—Fantastic, Great, Fair, or At Risk. Flex drivers are assessed on a range of variables, including on-time performance, details like whether the package is sufficiently hidden from the street, and a driver’s ability to fulfill customer requests.

Source: Amazon is using algorithms with little human intervention to fire Flex workers | Ars Technica

How to stop being a perfectionist

This is a useful and to-the-point article about ways in which perfectionists self-sabotage, and the ways in which they can get out of their own way.

As a recovering perfectionist, I recognise these traits, and am still working on both ruminating about “weaknesses, mistakes, and failures” and applying my own high standards to others.

Perfectly-mown grass

The ways that the author notes that perfectionists can get in their own way are:

  • Struggling to make decisions or take action
  • Worrying excessively about sunk costs
  • Avoiding challenges to avoid failure
  • Applying their high standards to others
  • Ruminating about weaknesses, mistakes, and failures

…and the ways they can overcome these:

  • Learn from successes
  • Develop heuristics to enable faster decision-making and action taking
  • Ask yourself “How could I improve by 1%?”
  • Learn strategies to disrupt rumination

Source: How Perfectionists Can Get Out of Their Own Way | Harvard Business Review