Why are Digital Giants Building Offices

Why are Digital Giants Building Offices

There are enough people who earn a living without stepping into an office. A wartime correspondent can get a Pulitzer without being in office for months. A job that can be done with no interdependencies can be done from anywhere. The gig economy is proof of that.
However, deeper bonds are formed between people who cross each other several times a day. In the late 1940s, psychologists Leon Festinger and Stanley Schachter, and sociologist Kurt Back found that physical space was the key to friendship formation.
In a hyperconnected world, the notion of friendship is acquiring new shades. Online friendships are being formed on social media over shared interests. Whether these friends could work together on a day-to-day basis on tasks remains to be studied.

Your Face Is Your Calling Card

Your Face Is Your Calling Card

Smile your way to the bank The value of a smile has changed over the years. In 1958, researchers analysed yearbook photos to understand what a genuine smile looked like. The subjects were all of 22 when these photos were taken. Five years later, they found that the more these women were smiling in their yearbook photos, the more likely they were to be married. Another study found that the […]

Will AI Create Jobs for India

Will AI Create Jobs for India

India needs to add a million jobs a month every year to feed the youth who are entering the workforce. Every AI agent will need to be trained through millions of iterations. As more AI applications emerge, the need for training AI will grow exponentially. Labor arbitrage will make India an attractive destination for jobs that involve training AI. A study has found six areas where the use of robots will create new jobs: automobiles, electronics, renewable energy, skilled systems, robotics and food and beverage. Jobs like robot psychologist, personal online shopper, robot ethicist did not exist before. This may even be the next outsourcing wave for India. But the jobs we get will have their consequences…

Culture Eats CEO For Breakfast

Culture Eats CEO For Breakfast

Travis had described the 14 values as a “philosophy of work” that Kalanick and chief product officer Jeff Holden, an Amazon vet, had spent hundreds of hours putting together. The values were built on a world view that there was room for only one ride sharing company in the world. There was no doubt that it demolished the taxi service companies that used to limit the supply of cabs to be able to charge arbitrary prices. Supply of cabs was restricted keep demand higher than supply. Uber demolished all this.
It was built on a view that for me to succeed I must kill my peers. The value of “principled confrontation” was designed to encourage employees to challenge authority without fear. On the ground, it translated to bullying the weak colleague.

Are Paid Influencers Trustworthy

Are Paid Influencers Trustworthy

My friend is an avid user of Instagram. She is forever eating in fancy restaurants and posting photos of mouthwatering dishes on her social media posts. “I bet you spend more time photographing the food than in eating.” She would smile and leave me guessing. We would all be asking her for recommendations on restaurants and cafes. She would happily comply and even tell her that telling the cashier that […]

How to run HR like an Amazon Bookstore

How to run HR like an Amazon Bookstore

HR was all about creating one set of rules then apply to every employee. Today employees expect a customized experience when they go to work for any employer. The process of creating an individualized experience is dependent on the unique identifiers we have for an individual. While most corporations have still stayed on with gender options being limited to three at best, Facebook offers 71 gender options to UK users. That allows them the ability to target ads more specifically. Facebook allowed people to type in whatever they wanted to describe their gender and from that data set created more categories. Amazon can be the best model for your HR department.

What does it mean to live in Perpetual Beta

What does it mean to live in Perpetual Beta

How do I explain Perpetual Beta? Hmm… let me ask you a question. What would you do if you were the CEO of a rapidly growing business worth $30 billion? The business operates in every country in the world except Iran, Syria, Sudan, Crimea and North Korea. Every other celebrity is among the 100 million customers who gushes about the service and that leads to more business and more growth. […]

The tech sector is disappearing

The tech sector is disappearing

Technology is becoming like electricity — it is invisible. Its presence does not draw attention any more, but it periodically strikes like lightning, leaving behind a trail of devastation. Unable to keep pace with fast fashion and the consumers’ preference to shop online, The Limited shut down 250 stores in 2017. 460 outlets of Sports Authority went out of business in 2016. PacSun, Aeropostale, and American Apparel filed for bankruptcy in 2016. Macy’s has just slashed 10,000 jobs and shut 68 stores. All sectors are tech sectors. All jobs are tech jobs.

Business Line reviews The Digital Tsunami

Business Line reviews The Digital Tsunami

It’s useful not just for top management and HR practitioners, but for employees too, as it gives you tips on how to navigate the future office.

Career-Hopping: The Hot New Trend

Career-Hopping: The Hot New Trend

There are new trends at play now. We are moving from so-called job-hopping to actual career-hopping. People are throwing caution to the wind to pursue their passions and be their own masters. Most of us know someone who has spent some years in the corporate sector, given it up to pursue their passion for a sport or to travel, and then, a year down the line, become an entrepreneur by setting up a restaurant or some other business. That’s what’s fuelling the Indian startup dream. Then there are those to give up materially comfortable lives and high-paying jobs to work in remote areas for the uplift of people. Read more

5 Future Skills

5 Future Skills

Using a trans-disciplinary lens to solve complex problems will become the norm. Google uses anthropologists to understand how users think and behave. Anthropologists are used to making sense of the full sweep of complex cultures. Google’s coders work with psychologists to understand the emotions that their fonts create among users. Being able to understand others is an integral part of how work will get done. Routine, repetitive work will all get done with machines. So what skills will matter more in future?

The Digital Tsunami: Driverless And Jobless

The Digital Tsunami: Driverless And Jobless

What is it with search engines? First it was Google who is building a driverless car. Now the Chinese search engine Baidu testing autonomous cars in California. There are enough people worrying about the millions of drivers who will lose jobs because of driverless cars whenever that happens.