A new decade is upon us! As we reflect on the past and look forward to embracing the new, there are some workplace industry quirks that are just better off being left in the dust. I’ve coupled a list of some of the worst offending topics for review:
1) Hustle Porn
No pain, no gain—right? With job burnout now officially classified as a medical condition by the World Health Organization (WHO), professionals are realizing that self-care and work-life balance are essential components to a happy and healthy career.
Long hours, skipping sleep and meals, and all of the #hustlelife hashtags in the world aren’t impressing anyone—so step back, hydrate yourself, and check to see if your kids still recognize your face.
2) Nonsense Hiring Barriers
With current record-low unemployment, employers can’t afford to force candidates through an American Ninja Warrior-style hiring process and expect the last person standing to jump at the offer dangled in front of them. From mandatory thank-you notes to sociopathic lunch interview order-swapping, it’s time for employers to re-assess why candidates would actually want to work for you.
3) LinkedIn Fables
I know you’re dying to share your 5 year-old’s latest wisdom on the socioeconomic impacts of cheese tariffs, but too bad you’re making that shit up. In reality, your kid is kicking the back of your seat in tune with the Frozen soundtrack. Put your phone down and keep your eyes on the road.
4) Generational Infighting This was the decade that the “Snowflake Generation” finally ripened enough to clap back with the two-word retort, “OK, Boomer” (and of course, chaos ensued). If these spats aren’t managed properly, your organization may land itself in some serious legal trouble.
Find ways to marry the two groups through mentorship and knowledge-transfer opportunities, while making remote work and free kombucha available to all.
5) Monochrome Man-els
Panels are a great way to have a professional dialogue about a topic with representative members of an industry—err, at least they should be. With the workforce more diverse than ever, it’s reasonable to ask that event organizers embrace that diversity—yet conference after conference seems to feature a Man-el, Wan-el, Probably Own The Same Flannel.
If you think this ask translates to “meeting quotas” or “sacrificing quality”, you’re clearly not even trying. Do better.
6) Recruiting for Ninja-Rockstar-Guru-Jedis
“Seeking a Rock Star ready to absolutely #crushit….”
Translation: “Hey! We’re trying really hard to look fun before you realize this place is going to eat your soul!—also when Jan leaves in a few months we’re not going to backfill, but hey! You’re a Rock Star! You’ll figure it out!”
Not only are these job postings awful, but they statistically deter candidates from applying. Put down the hipster thesaurus and step away from the job board.
7) Recycled Influencer Lists Most industry professionals either love or hate “Influencer Lists”. They certainly have their place—when first joining social media they’re a great cheat sheet of who to follow for insights. But after a while, you begin to notice that these lists feature the same circles of people, some of whom are hawking the same goods and giving the same keynotes as they were in 2010.
If you keep churning out the same lists year after year without seeking out more diverse representatives, you’re not very influential, you’re just lazy.
For the record, if you bust your ass for a new role, earn a new degree/certification, or reach other personal goals: I absolutely want you to shout that from the rooftops. If you find the urge to rush to LinkedIn every time you sacrifice 3 seconds of your day to be a decent human by holding a door open for a little old lady or letting her take the last bunch of parsley at the supermarket, I absolutely want you to dive into a dumpster.
9) Letting Bros (and Bro-lettes) Run the Show
The past decade (and some change) was ripe with opportunities for startups to go big or go home. The problem? As companies grew and hit IPO territory they didn’t necessarily evolve from the “Bro-lture” that made them venture capitalist darlings.
10) Conformist Copypasta
Social media is a great medium to exchange ideas and engage with others. But regurgitating the same content from the Olegs and Liz-es of the world stagnate that thought pool.
Don’t think that people care what you have to say? You won’t know until you press send.
Agree? What other trends do you think should have made the shortlist?