Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) systems are becoming more and more common in the workplace. They are supposed to weed out unqualified candidates and make the hiring process faster and result in better quality hires. But in practice it's a different story.
Every position I have taken in my professional life has been in a crisis for the organization or the department. Each of these represent a major challenge, but I have also found that they present the best opportunity to have the greatest impact.
A rose-colored glasses view of the 30 hour work week is attractive, I can't help but point out that this experiment is likely to fail. Not because it is likely a PR move which will simply be forgotten as soon as the media cycle spins another round, but because of the reality of the working world.
I learned early on in my career that if you have the option of either a face-to-face conversation or an e-mail, face-to-face conversations are nearly always preferable for the myriad of other side benefits they offer.
Anyone following major trends in business has seen the Collaboration trend. Organizations are flattening out and moving towards a more team-oriented approach with less hierarchy and more cross-section work experiences. I think it is a great movement, away from the hierarchy-based, bureaucracy-laden, creativity-killing ways businesses had been run in previous decades.