🎉 This company just hired robots? 🦾

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Good Afternoon Party People! 🎉

Why did the scarecrow win an award at the Office Party?

Because he was outstanding in his field! 🌾

(Before you hurl your 🍅s at us, this joke was written by ChatGPT)


🧑‍💼 Employee leave

🦾 Robot employees…

👴🏻 Seniors and entry-level jobs?

🛏️ Tech bunk beds

And, of course, MEMES!


not the pizza party…


Please Don’t Call 1-800-LEAVES-R-US

Remember when you used to print out physical directions (shout out MapQuest) when you were headed somewhere new? Luckily, today’s technology handles things we wouldn’t even dream of doing manually anymore.

The same goes for employee leave–why rely on a human rep at a 1-800 number? Software is just better suited for parts of the employee leave experience. See it for yourself.


Chipotle Hires Robots…

Most people’s alarm bells go off when they hear that their company is bringing on robots. Not Chipotle workers…

Turns out, the workers HATE prepping avocados. Well, last week, Chipotle unveiled the “autocado” robot designed to cut, core, and peel avocados in half the time it takes humans.

Chipotle is also testing a tortilla chip-making robot named “chippy” (things always get weird when you start naming robots…).

The burrito joint isn’t the only restaurant using droids to alleviate labor shortages…Both McDonald’s and Taco Bell have been testing AI-powered voice bots. Hopefully, McDonald’s will also create a robot that fixes their ice-cream machines.

Regardless, we can all agree that Chipotle needs to make a robot that serves respectable meat portions.


Seniors are Applying For Entry-Level Jobs?

Hiring Managers are increasingly preferring to hire older candidates over younger ones. Is this reverse ageism?!

Many companies with entry-level roles are seeing a big uptick (79%) in older, more experienced applicants.

In many industries, job openings are ultra-competitive. LinkedIn job openings have a surplus of candidates (often north of 1,000 applicants), and many “entry-level” posts require 3-5+ years of experience.

A core contributor is the mass layoffs in tech, leaving laid-off employees and job seekers fighting for a limited number of open roles.

83% of job seekers think it’s acceptable to apply for roles that they’re overqualified for.

This report may seem like good news for experienced workers, but there are some things to be concerned about. The large influx of older workers looking to enter or re-enter the workforce is a lagging indicator of a bad economy.

Workers are forced to apply for jobs they’re overqualified for. But companies get to save money by hiring more experienced applicants at a lower rate.

Read more here.


Tech Bunk Beds

The price of housing has exploded. Especially in Silicon Valley. The average rent for apartments in The Valley is between $2,437 and $3,307. 30-year mortgage rates are above 8%, and home affordability is at an all-time low.

So tech workers are bunking up to save some extra cash.

Would you do this to save money?

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