Future of Work Roundup - Week of January 23

Future of Work Roundup - Week of January 23

Welcome to the Future of Work Roundup. Each week, we bring you five top stories—drawing from the latest academic research and industry trends—to give you an easily-digestible snapshot of how work is changing—and why it matters.

How Apple has avoided layoffs

Layoffs have hit the tech industry hard. However, not all big tech companies have gone through with them. The Wall Street Journal dissects how Apple has avoided layoffs. One tactic cited: no free lunches.

Google lays off 12,000 employees

CNBC reports on the company wide layoff at Google, which affected 12,000 employees including some recently-promoted employees. Remaining employees have many questions—like “What metrics were used to determine who was laid off?”

Walmart and Amazon continue to go head to head

Bloomberg reports that Walmart has launched a new e-commerce site targeting small businesses—a potential competitive threat for Amazon. The initiative called Walmart Business is designed to offer a one-stop shop for office supplies, furniture, food, and electronics.

In a new Harvard Business Review article, authors from Gartner's HR practice predict nine trends that organizations will have to confront this year. One head-turning trend: Organizations must address workforce-wide erosion of social skills.

Cost cutting Twitter: kegerators and a neon bird sign

The Wall Street Journal reports that Twitter's latest effort to (what-appears-to-be) cut costs is a bit head-scratching. It includes auctioning off kegerators, office supplies, and a neon bird sign from its San Francisco headquarters.

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