Work. It's what we do. It's how we survive. And, for many, it's who we are. The question: Where's it headed? Work In Progress, hosted by LinkedIn Senior Editor Caroline Fairchild, dives into the fascinating world of work now, featuring discussions with some of the economy’s brightest thinkers and on-the-ground interviews with workers around the U.S., all grappling with change.
The Town That Tried Retraining Itself
When we talk about the current realities of work and how it’s changing, there’s one thing we can all agree on: to survive, learning new skills — or switching jobs entirely — will likely be essential. And as daunting as that prospect may sound, this isn’t the first time the American worker has had to adapt to get ready for the workforce of the future. With that in mind, what lessons can we learn from the Great Recession to help everyone rebound more quickly? This week, we hear from Amy Goldstein, a staff writer at The Washington Post and the author of Janesville: An American Story. Her book focuses on the closing in late 2008 of the oldest-operating GM plant in the country and how workers in the area fared in the five years that followed. One of her findings is that workers who went through retraining programs often ended up worse financially than those who didn’t. Chip and Caroline dig in to what went wrong and what lessons can be learned.
Does Tech Have a Woman Problem? Not If You Ask
Leaders across tech are convinced that diversity in the workplace — that big issue that you can’t go anywhere without hearing about — will be a non-issue within five years. The problem? Very few are doing anything to make that prediction come true. This week, Chip and Caroline discuss the results of LinkedIn’s latest diversity in tech survey, which found that despite the seemingly daily revelations about sexual harassment in tech, venture capital, entertainment and politics, how both investors and founders are treating these issues is largely unchanged. New America CEO and President Anne-Marie Slaughter joins them to bring more context to the results and share her take on how heightened media attention on abuse can benefit the American workplace.
Will Caregivers Save The Economy
America needs more people working in home healthcare, and we need them quickly. With the U.S. elderly population doubling from 40 million to 80 million Americans in the next 20 to 25 years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics is predicting that “personal-care aide” will be the fastest growing job category in the next decade. There is just one problem: Working in home healthcare is unpredictable, underappreciated and underpaid work. This week, Chip and Caroline explore the fragmented market of home healthcare by speaking with entrepreneurs trying to fix the system and workers trying to make a living within it. Seth Sternberg, the CEO of Home healthcare startup Honor, joins Chip and Caroline to discuss why he thinks scale — and thinking of caring for the elderly as a bi-partisan issue — could solve the problem.
Is The 40-Hour Work Week Dead?
In Silicon Valley, working “9 to 5,” is for the weak. Startup founders celebrate never sleeping. Venture capitalists brag on Twitter about not taking a vacation for over twenty years. But while the tech industry may be getting all of the attention, workers across industries are feeling burnt out, overworked and stressed. This week, LinkedIn Managing Editors Chip Cutter and Caroline Fairchild talk to two entrepreneurs based out of Chicago who are bucking this trend within their own startup. Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the co-founders of Basecamp and have been speaking out against the tech community’s extreme work ethic for years now. Fried and Hansson give their take on why working around the clock now seems necessary, and share the simple ways they think the American work week can be improved by using technology differently.
Debugging The American Economy
If you speak to workers across the country, a lot of them will tell you that the economy is broken.
Everyone from cashiers at grocery stores to doctors in hospitals have shared stories with LinkedIn about striving for more, but the deck not being stacked in their favor. In this episode, Chip and Caroline talk to future of work expert and O'Reilly Media Founder Tim O’Reilly about why exactly that is. Explaining how the economy is optimized for corporate profit rather than for the American worker, O’Reilly unpacks some key lessons from the technology industry that he thinks can be applied to “debugging” many problems plaguing the world of work.
Will The U.S. Lead In Manufacturing Again?
The manufacturing industry is changing fast, and American workers are feeling the impact on their jobs and wages. As more and more manufacturing jobs move to AI, to robots, or abroad, this episode explores the future of the industry and how Americans are and will continue to be effected. Chip and Caroline talk to manufacturing workers around the country and to McKinsey Global Institute Chairman and Director James Manyika about the increasing skills gap, humans and machines learning to work together, and the potential for the US to return to the #1 global manufacturing spot.
Thoughtful enriching conversation
Just being recently introduced, I’ve listened to a few of the podcast and everyone is exactly as my title says thoughtful and enriching insight. I highly recommend this podcast.
The hosts do a good job thoroughly researching topics about work, changes in work, etc. However, it seems every single show has depressing undertones. There are fascinating dynamics happening across the US and world, but this podcast seems to focus the majority of its attention on the negative impact to people, the economy, increases in unemployment, etc. tried to listen to many episodes, but found it so sad.
A too negative for me.
I listened to four episodes, and it seems like everything about business/work is only getting worse. It needs a bit more optimism.