WorkHappy Wrap: #GoogleOffTheRails, #EQ, #MentorMatch, #NFLJob

by Jennifer Sigler | Aug 17, 2017 | Workhappy Blog

Lightbulb moment: Every employee should have a voice.

It’s time to wrap.

#CultureCrisis: Last week Google cancelled its “town hall meeting” over concerns for employee safety. Backstory: A Google engineer, James Damore,  wrote a memo made public the week prior in which he suggested that biological factors contribute, in part, to the gender gap in the tech industry.

He was subsequently fired for violating the company’s code of conduct. His firing, however, has been a major topic in conservative media, and is being used as an example of how Silicon Valley doesn’t tolerate views outside of its predominantly liberal climate.

This debate has sparked a blaze of online harassment to some of the company’s known-to-be-liberal employees, thus the cancellation of the town hall meeting — a well-known marker of Google’s “every employee has a voice” corporate culture.

This issue of employee agency is not unique to Google, however, and might be highlighting a larger social trend: The ethos of individual agency has never been higher, which doesn’t mesh well with “toeing the company line.”

#EmotionalIntelligence: New York Times writer Claire Cain Miller also took on the scandal at Google last week, but aimed her focus on “the tech myth of the loner genius nerd.”

Miller asserts that while many biologist are taking issue with the biology Damore cites, his view of a successful tech industry is also jaded. Anyone (not just women) who focuses heavily on “feels and aesthetics [rather] than ideas” and has “a stronger interest in people rather than things” has much to offer the tech industry.

In fact, things like collaboration, empathy, and communication are essential to the job.

Many large software systems for example, such as Google Home or Amazon Echo, Miller asserts, need to be able to handle a variety of home situations — and this is where a cast diversity and empathy in programmers is essential.

Advantages through adversity: Great feature from Fast Company last week on how living with depression made one person a better manager. Author Libby Maurer cites several strengths she has gained through depression.

Here are a few: (1) She is an expert at trial and error — figuring out what works, what doesn’t, and doesn’t shy away from experimenting or taking chances on new ideas. (2) She has learned to be highly perceptive. Constantly being aware of her surroundings and the people around her helped her develop her emotional intelligence — a core strength in building and nurturing high-functioning teams. (3) She can listen. Really listen — a task that is difficult for most people.

Maurer shows how much strength we can gain through vulnerability.


Ok, guys, here is another spotlight from The Atlantic’s “On the Shoulders of Giants” series (we are big fans over here, in case that hasn’t become clear).

Last week’s story on Chef Jeremiah Langhorne, however, really piqued our interest because it highlights an interesting facet of the mentor relationship: Longevity.

The natural evolution of a successful mentorship is when a mentee can take what they’ve learned and apply it their own success. Langhorne learned from his mentor Sean Brock the importance of learning and seeking out knowledge. 


Maybe it’s just because we are seeking out any hints that fall (and cooler weather) is on the horizon, but in our quest for cool jobs this week, we are very excited to bring you one from the NFL. As in, America’s professional football league.

The National Football League Media Group is looking for a Podcast Producer/ Editor (job #2446) to produce audio and video podcast content.

They are seeking candidates with at least 2 to 4 years in video post-production and show production, a 4-year degree in journalism or broadcast media and extensive knowledge of various software and media platforms.

Oh, and please, for the love of all that is Monday Nights, enjoy football.

Jennifer Sigler is a Senior Writer with The UpWrite Group. Send a message to to see how she can help enhance your corporate or personal brand.

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