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“Coffee Badging”

✖️ Strikes

🏠 Airbnb CEO helped people find jobs

And, of course, MEMES!



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There’s a New Trend…”Coffee Badging”

Many employees are finding a creative workaround to RTO mandates. They’re “coffee badging”.

“WTF is ‘coffee badging?!’” one might ask…It’s where hybrid workers show face in the office, get their morning coffee, and then leave. lol.

According to a June survey from Owl Labs, 58% of hybrid workers admit to coffee badging. An additional 8% of hybrid workers haven’t done it yet, but are interested in giving it a try.

The workers who have admitted to coffee badging generally aren’t slacking. They say they’re getting all of their work done, and use this tactic as a way to find balance with new RTO mandates. Frank Weishaupt, CEO of Owl Labs, says employees the practice may be an indication that employees see the value in an office and enjoy being in-office part of the time.

“This isn’t grade school. We’re not hiring people to watch them work. We’re hiring them to do a job. And it’s the culture of accountability and leadership setting the right tone to be able to measure productivity that makes all the difference here.”

Frank Weishaupt, CEO, Owl Labs

Over the past 6 months or so, we’ve seen a big push for workers to return to office (RTO mandates). A recent survey conducted by ResumeBuilder uncovered that 9 out of 10 companies have RTO mandates planned through 2024. Amazon, Google, JPMorgan, and more are some of the larger companies making big pushes to get workers back in office.

Additionally, many of these companies with RTO mandates are taking attendance through badge swipes. Kinda like elementary school all over again.

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Kaiser Permanente Strike

75,000 healthcare workers recently went on strike at Kaiser Permanente. Days after the strike ended, a coalition of unions warned the company that more employees will walk off the job next month if a deal isn’t reached.

What do they want?

Facilities along both coasts have threatened to strike for a second time if a new labor contract for 3,000 Seattle employees isn’t reached by November 1st. The unions threatened that the second strike would involve more employees and run twice as long.

The workers’ goal is to get executives at Kaiser to realize the impacts that short staffing can have on patients and workers (no one wants short-staffed hospitals).

Both sides are scheduled to return to the bargaining table today (October 12th).

Strikes definitely appear to be on the rise. The UAW strike is ongoing, and the Hollywood Writer’s strike recently ended.

Crazy times.


Airbnb CEO Helped People Find Jobs During COVID

At the beginning of the pandemic, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky brushed off concerns about the company’s survival despite an 80% decrease in business in less than 2 months. Eventually, he was forced to cut costs.

In a mass email to the company, he announced that 1,900 employees (25% of the company) would be laid off. However, Chesky went to some unusual lengths to help the recently axed employees land new roles (love to see it).

I had a deep feeling of love for all of [the staff who were laid off]. Even the ones I hadn’t met, I knew them through the work and I knew the sacrifice they made.


Chesky and his team constructed a massive database of their laid-off staff for recruiters. While speaking to the Diary of a CEO podcast, he said he then called his network of other CEOs and high-profile entrepreneurs to see if they’d be willing to take on any of the staff. The public directory of laid-off employees garnered hundreds of thousands of views from recruiters and other companies looking to hire.

Chesky also surprised laid-off employees by offering them 3 months of salary and health insurance for a year as part of a severance package.

Big W for Chesky and Airbnb.

Recently, Crunchbase conducted layoffs and created a similar database of laid-off employees.

Sure would be cool if every company did this!

Read more of the Airbnb story here.


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