“The article doesn’t describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day,” Bezos wrote in a memo to his employees after the New York Times published a scathing article about the company's culture. “But if you know of any stories like those reported, I want you to escalate to HR. You can also email me directly. . .even if it’s rare or isolated, our tolerance for any such lack of empathy needs to be zero.”
"Top-tier employers may be changing their official policies in a nod to work-life balance, but brutal competition remains an inescapable component of workers' daily lives. . . .As Professor Frank, who has written a book about the phenomenon known as winner-take-all economics, explains, the basic problem is that the rewards for ascending to top jobs at companies like Netflix and Goldman Sachs are not just enormous, they are also substantially greater than at companies in the next tier down.
“The joke in the office was that when it came to work/life balance, work came first, life came second, and trying to find the balance came last,” said one former Amazon employee - and "When you’re not able to give your absolute all, 80 hours a week, they see it as a major weakness,” said another, both of whom are quoted in the recent New York Times article on the "brusing but thrilling" workplace culture at Amazon.
"A good workplace is one in which you can look around and see versions of yourself five years from now, or ten. But for women, this exercise in mirroring gets harder and harder as they push toward 40, and 50, and beyond -- for the simple reason that older women with ambition don't stick around. They dial back, drop out, start their own thing."
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Essentials for Childhood
The Colorado Essentials for Childhood Project is in search of a speaker for an event on August 20th in Denver, Colorado to present on the advantages of family-friendly business practices and the concept of return on investment as it is related to the establishment of these types of policies in the workplace. Anyone who has any leads please contact Giorgianna Venetis at email@example.com
For more information on the Essentials for Childhood project in Colorado: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/EssentialsForChildhood
Tech companies shower their employees with perks like dry cleaning, massages and haircuts. But there is one group for whom working at a tech company can be much more difficult than working elsewhere: parents. Many of the employees who work for tech companies are in their twenties, so the older employees with families often receive backlash from their employers when requesting to take parental leave.
Recent podcast featured on The WorkLifeHUB, discussing issues related to working parents who have children with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, and mental health issues. Among other topics, we discussed obstacles in the workplace regarding disclosure, policy changes, and how companies can support these complex needs. Excerpt from our discussion and the actual podcast are posted at above link and also at: http://www.debraischafer.com/#!media/c16m6.