Moving for a job — or anything else — is a fading trend.
In the 1990s, 3% of Americans moved out of state each year. Now the rate is half that, with US mobility at its lowest level since World War II. “The lack of mobility in the American workforce is a huge blocker of our economic growth,” says the Ladders’ Ryan Sager. Analyst Thanh Pham argues that the jobs are out there; being open to moving helps companies grow and boosts mobile workers’ pay. Some of the theories for the freeze: lack of job stability and the prohibitive expense of actually moving. But staying put doesn’t have to be a bad sign. Jessica Headrick argues that “with the increase in remote job opportunities, moving shouldn’t be as necessary.” (Washington Post)
Playing nice at work pays off
In the age of constant feedback — with real-time performance reviews and apps like anonymous feedback network Sarahah on the rise — we shouldn’t forget the power of praise. Research finds that positive feedback makes employees more productive and effective, and makes them feel better about the work they do. (Fast Company)
Police in West Texas say a robbery suspect is in custody after he was caught snoozing at the scene
An Abilene police statement says 20-year-old Kanyoni Sedekiya was armed with a gun at his apartment complex early Friday when he argued with his roommate, whom he bound as he demanded money. Authorities say Sedekiya then fell asleep. The roommate managed to get free around 4 a.m., slip to a neighbor’s apartment and summon police as Sedekiya was sleeping. Sedekiya surrendered without incident. Taylor County jail records show the Abilene man was being held Sunday on an aggravated robbery charge, with bond set at $60,000. Jail records do not list a defense attorney. (Tyler Morning Telegraph)
Google has fired the engineer who penned a 10-page “manifesto” on diversity
The memo, which ignited debate within the tech community (and within Google itself), attributed the industry’s gender gap to biological differences and decried the company’s diversity efforts. It also said Google’s “monoculture” stifles alternative views and open conversation about those initiatives. In a note to employees, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said parts of the memo violate the tech giant’s code of conduct and “cross the line by advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace”. The manifesto’s author, James Damore, confirmed his dismissal from the company and says he’s exploring “all possible legal remedies.” (Bloomberg)
Hackers are demanding millions in ransom for stolen HBO data
After leaking another 3.4 gigabytes of information — including a “Game of Thrones” script summary and a month’s worth of emails from one of the company’s top executives, hackers, who claim they have 1.5 terabytes of data in total, have leaked several HBO shows last week. In a video addressed to CEO Richard Plepler, hacker “Mr. Smith” demands the company pay a multimillion-dollar ransom within three days or more data will be released. (CNBC)
Doctor training is an overlooked driver of the American opiate epidemic
According to a new study from Axios, it revealed a “striking relationship” between the frequency of opioid prescriptions and medical school attended. Doctors who attended the lowest-ranked US medical schools are three times as likely to prescribe opioids as those trained at “elite” universities like top-ranked Harvard — although the study also found that specialized pain management training diminished the effect of doctor pedigree. The researchers suggested this training should be required for all doctors, a position also recommended by the White House’s opioid commission. (Axios)
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*International Day of The World’s Indigenous People
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