Happy Friday from everyone at Juggle. This is what we’ve been reading about, writing about, and getting angry about this week.
Benefits? Show me the money…
There’s a misconception that flexible work is a “perk” that justifies lower pay. We believe it should be the bedrock of a forward-looking working environment, not a sweetener for low salaries. This BBC article discusses some reason why wages aren’t going up, and why the grey area around fringe benefits/perks, workplace benefits and fiscal compensation doesn’t help anyone.
It prompted us to ask on Wednesday: are there any non-fiscal compensations that you’d value as much as a higher salary? Jump on the poll if you haven’t already.
On the Juggle blog this week
On Tuesday we discussed employee dissatisfaction IN SPAAAAAACE as we took a look at the “Skylab Mutiny” and whether there are any flexible working lessons to be learned.
On Thursday Juggle founder Rom meditated on a terrible interview experience a Juggle professional had, how casual discrimination is still a very present evil in recruitment and what Juggle needs to do better to stamp it out for good.
Friday pub quiz:
Last week’s Pub Quiz on terrible but well-meaning workplace initiatives? “Bring your kid to work day” caught an unexpected amount of flak, but the winner is probably a friend of a Juggler whose workplace initiated a blanket ban on workplace jargon… but included several acronyms, product titles and technical terms that were necessary for day-to-discourse. Presenting was a LOT tougher for the week the initiative lasted.
For this week’s question, we really don’t want to make light of what was discussed in Rom’s piece, but we think talking about and exposing terrible practices can hopefully show people that there’s no reason to tolerate them. So for this week:
What’s the worst question you’ve been asked in an interview?
Funny ones are great, but please don’t shy away from talking about the really awful ones with each other. We need to amplify the conversation.
Comment below or hit us up on social media to carry on the conversation.
Have a great weekend, from everyone at Juggle.
The Future is Flexible.