End of Week Roundup! [Issue #62]

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End of Week Roundup! [Issue #62]

Happy Friday from Beem!

We’re back again with 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 hey@wearebeem.com 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.

Right, what’s been making waves this week? Check this out and join the discussion below!




How the blockchain could flip Google’s advertising economy



Much of the recent debate around the damage that large technology companies are causing to parts of the economy, the social fabric of society and democracy comes back to the foundation on which most media organizations are built: advertising. Services such as Google and Facebook are free because users are willing to share information about themselves, which is then sold to third parties in search of eyeballs.

However, the web is pretty good at something you may have heard of called disruption, and that is what might be coming to large technology companies in a future where their incentives are more closely aligned with those of their users. Will advertising provide the basis for the next generation of web services?



The Democratization of Data Science



Intelligent people find new uses for data science every day. Still, despite the explosion of interest in the data collected by just about every sector of American business — from financial companies and healthcare firms to management consultancies and the government — many organizations continue to relegate data-science knowledge to a small number of employees.

That’s a mistake — and in the long run, it’s unsustainable. Think of it this way: Very few companies expect only professional writers to know how to write. So why ask only professional data scientists to understand and analyze data, at least at a basic level?

Relegating all data knowledge to a handful of people within a company is problematic on many levels: how can this dynamic be improved?



Recruitment: why ‘cultural fit’ is an essential requirement



If recent statistics are to be believed, it appears that most employees aren’t satisfied in their current jobs. For example, the recent Happiness Survey compiled by Personal Group found 56% of workers aren’t happy in their role. This unhappiness can have huge knock-on effects. It begins with decreased productivity and ends with employees looking for new jobs, taking their skills, experience, and contacts with them.

So what is leading to this unhappiness? Is it because both candidates and companies are making the wrong choices when it comes to hiring staff? Could this unhappiness be down to trying to fit ‘square pegs into round holes’? Let’s take a deeper look into this and try to find a solution!


Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments section below and we’ll feature your article in next week’s Roundup!

Also, let us know what type of content you guys want more or less of, we’re all ears!

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