Monday, August 17, 2015

That is SO last week

Last week, The New York Times reported on Amazon’s “bruising workplace” and described Amazon’s theory that “conflict brings about innovation.” According to the article, Amazon employees are encouraged to criticize each other, both in face to face meetings and to each other’s supervisors.  Amazon uses technology called “Collaborative Anytime Feedback” to capture employees’ opinions of each other and create a “stack ranking” based on employee input. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos responded to the article, saying “Anyone working in a company like the one described by the NYT would be crazy to stay – I know I would leave.”  Amazon employees also provided their responses, with some arguing that the article was false and blown out of proportion.

In other developments 
  • Kohl’s lost a bid to stop a former technology officer from joining a competitor, even though the officer had a non-compete agreement.
  • The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals highlighted how one employer’s actions demonstrated “the need for the FMLA.”
Posted by Kate Bischoff