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Here is our Weekly roundup to ensure you guys know what’s been shaking the Tech, Comms and HR world this week. Before we dive in, don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a story you want to share! Whether it’s about leadership, HR, innovation, company culture or communications or even your own story, we’re keen to learn, so share it with us and we may feature your post in our upcoming issue.
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Wherever there are people, there are emotions. This extends to the workplace, even though we often don’t like to admit it. Our offices are filled with intricate, interpersonal dynamics like hurt feelings, excitement, and fear, and these emotions are heightened during times of change, transitions or uncertainty. Managers often think of an emotional workplace as a liability, but it can actually be an asset. An EFR is someone who identifies and carries the emotionality of the workplace. He/she is particularly skilled in empathy, and brings awareness to workplace emotions by speaking up and articulating them. This culture invites others to share their own feelings and concerns.
As a manager, you don’t want everything to be an alarm, but you do want to feel the pulse of those around you. EFRs believe in building systems, not sirens. Why? Because being in touch with others builds a team with a strong sense of camaraderie among employees who truly care. In a team with tight bonds, co-workers are tuned in and responsive when people make a sudden shift.
Should Facebook pay us for our puppy pictures? Of course, the idea sounds crazy. Posting puppies on Facebook is not a chore. We love it: Facebook’s 1.4 billion daily users spend the better part of an hour on it every day. It’s amazing that we don’t have to pay for it. And yet the idea is gaining momentum in Silicon Valley and beyond: Facebook and the other technological Goliaths offering free online services — from which they harvest data from and about their users — should pay for every nugget of information they reap.
The spring break pictures on Instagram, the YouTube video explaining Minecraft tactics, the internet searches and the Amazon purchases, even your speed following Waze on the way to spend Thanksgiving with your in-laws — this data is valuable. It will become more valuable, potentially much more so, in the not-too-distant future! Getting companies to pay transparently for the information will not just provide a better deal for the users whose data is scooped up as they go about their online lives. It will also improve the quality of the data on which the information economy is being built. And it could undermine the data titans’ stranglehold on technology’s future, breathing fresh air into an economy losing its vitality.
Microsoft last week opened up a new $20 million startup space in London. The hub, which is the latest to join the lineup of Microsoft’s Reactor spaces located in major cities, is intended “help the UK remain the home of technology innovation in Europe,” Microsoft said in its announcement.
The Reactor will see an investment from Microsoft totaling $20 million over the next 10 years. The space itself will offer free office space to foster growth for startup companies, in addition to playing host to hackathons, talks, meetups, and more.
Thes space is specially designed and located in the heart of Shoreditch to help connect better with the technology start-up and scale-up community, offer access to Microsoft’s technology, platform and tools, and connect businesses with Microsoft’s enterprise customers and partners. Exciting times near the Silicon Roundabout!
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