Here’s an interesting article from the New York Times on how many companies digitally monitor their employees’ time in some pretty invasive and distrustful ways.
This includes taking screenshots and photos randomly in 10-minute chunks and actually docking pay if you don’t appear productive. So every trip to the bathroom is possible lost pay. 🤦🏻♂️
And hospice workers being paid by productivity points. 😳 “A visit to the dying: as little as one point.”
And social workers being penalized for not typing on their keyboard while actively counseling patients in drug treatment facilities. 🤨
But the brilliance of this article is how they present it.
To let you appreciate how annoying this kind of digital surveillance is, the article tells you as you read it if you’ve been “idle” for too long. It ends with a summary of your reading efficiency stats, which will inevitably make you feel weird. 😂
That’s pretty awful. But compared to other historical events, how bad is it?
This article shows how this pandemic compares to other major disasters of the last 100 years. It’s worse than the 1918 Spanish flu was in New York City and Boston, but still not as bad as the Spanish flu in Philadelphia. And not as bad the 2011 Earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi, Japan.
This article only covers the 20th century. I wish they could have included the Bubonic plague or other plagues to see how our current experience compares. 🤷🏻♂️
It’s a great visual to help understand a terrible event.
This podcast interview is really interesting perspective on police racism and brutality from the mayor of the city where things flamed up.
Jacob Frey is a civil rights lawyer and the mayor of Minneapolis and is still largely powerless to reign in police brutality even when it is reported. This is a really interesting study on why this problem is so intractable.
I used to think being charismatic was all about telling amazing stories and making people laugh. Not being a great storyteller or much of a comedian, I thought I could never be charismatic. Fortunately, this article says I had it all wrong. 😂
It’s about being present, removing self-doubt, and being kind and accepting to other people. Presence, power, and warmth. That sounds pretty manageable, right?
Now go out there, be in it, relax, and be nice to people. Congrats, you’re charismatic. ☺️