International Labour Organization: Just 10 per cent of workers receive nearly half of global pay. “An ILO assessment gives the first global estimates of the distribution of labour income, and shows that pay inequality remains pervasive in the world of work. The findings are drawn from a new database which includes national, regional and global data.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Job Search Websites. “There’s one thing every job seeker can do to improve their chances of landing a job—use multiple resources in their job hunting efforts. This means posting your resume online and using social networks. However, the core of your efforts should be focused on job search websites that bring all of the world’s jobs to your desktop. To help you begin or continue your hunt for a new position or career, these are the best job search websites.”
Google Blog: A new way to find work-from-home (or wherever) opportunities. “Whether you’re a parent needing more flexibility or someone looking for the freedom to work wherever you’d like, a work from home job might meet your lifestyle needs. Many people already use Search to find work-from-home roles, and today we’re announcing an improved experience within job search in the U.S. to connect people with quality remote jobs.”
New York Times: How We Hang Out at Work Together Online Now. “TikTok, which encourages users to contribute short videos to hashtags, or to join in on jokes or challenges or to sing along with clips of songs, has, in its manic and frequent demands for content from its users, become an unlikely force for labor visibility.”
Route Fifty: Artificial Intelligence Now Helps People Find Jobs. “When people talk about artificial intelligence and the future of work, the central discussion is often how many jobs intelligent machines will eliminate. That was, in fact, the main thrust of conversation at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year. The young founders of the startup BLOC—all of whom are in college or recently entered this brave new workforce—are flipping that narrative to harness AI to help people secure jobs and tackle unemployment.”
Lifehacker: Get Free Ambient Work Music With Flow State . “Every morning Flow State emails subscribers a set of background music, mostly wordless, to soundtrack your work day. And they’re pretty good at digging up non-obvious music, some of which isn’t even available on major streaming services (though almost all of it is on YouTube). Past artists include Max Richter, Olivier Messiaen, Debussy, Johann Johannsson, Tangerine Dream, Kaoru Inoue, Brian Eno, and William Basinski. (Yep, almost all men, sorry.) Occasionally there’s a DJ mix that incorporates several artists.” Flow State used to cost money but now it is free.
The Verge: Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees. “Today, former Facebook partnerships manager Mark Luckie published an internal memo that was sent to his co-workers on his last day at Facebook earlier this month, calling out pervasive discrimination issues within the company. The note argues that Facebook has a ‘black people problem’ that involves the mistreatment of black employees. He cites incidents where managers or colleagues called their co-workers ‘hostile’ or ‘aggressive,’ and others where campus security gave extra scrutiny to black employees.”