Double or Nothing

January 25th, 2023

This week, remote workers are secretly working 2 full time jobs, equality of outcome replaces equal opportunity, and different types of feedback are analyzed.

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In the News

Non Compete Ban: The FTC proposed a ban of company-initiated noncompete agreements. (Mint

  • The cited reason for this proposal is “non-compete agreements constitute an unfair method of competition and therefore violate Section 5 of the FTC Act.” (FTC.Gov)

Proponents of the ban believe that it would provide more leverage for employees to take the jobs they want. Opponents express concerns over companies’ ability to protect trade secrets.

The Remote Worker Time Bandits: Some people quietly quit, some double up by adding a second full time job. (Forbes

  • When time is money, time theft can be the great equalizer. Don’t try this at home.

Top Pain Points for Job Seekers: Flexjobs and partner conducted research that found the top job search frustrations amongst job candidates. (

  1. Not hearing back from employers (50%)
  2. Lengthy submission process (38%)
  3. Job Scams (36%)
  4. Not finding jobs that are a good fit (32%)
  5. Navigating the world of applicant tracking systems (25%)

The research also found that 66% of job seekers expressed frustration about job descriptions not including the salary information.

Marketing Hiring Trends: Recruiters anticipate that hiring in the marketing sector could slow in 2023 in favor of roles that relate more to data and customer experience. (Marketing Brew)

Other News

Job Scams are on the Rise:  From 2021 to 2022 the FTC received over twice as many reports of job scam reports. (The Verge)

College Closings: Some experts predict that more colleges will close in 2023 and they advise that each institution should prepare an emergency plan similar to what they have for natural disasters. (Hechinger Report)

Job Hopping: Generation Z and Millennials want out. The trend of job hopping appears poised to continue, especially among gen z and millennials. (CNBC)

Supporting article about how they’re finding their way.

  • On my blog, I shared my own personal story about finding myself in the professional workplace. (Hint: I did not learn it in college – quite the contrary) (Deep Dive Careers – Selfish Reflection)

No More Critical Race Theory: Compelled by government action, the Presidents of public colleges in Florida agree to no longer teach critical race theory. (Chronicle of Higher Education)

I…Demand: More CEOs demand that employees return to the office but in most cases, they are okay with hybrid schedules. (Fortune)

A Deeper Dive

Equality of Outcome: The movement towards an agenda of “equity” over “equality” has gained steam in left-wing political circles recently. This has become somewhat mainstream, however evidence suggests that voters may secretly disagree:

A survey found that majorities of Democrat, Independent, and Republican voters in Massachusetts agree with the following statement: 

Equality of opportunity is a fundamental American principle; equality of outcome is not.

72% of Republicans, 65% of Independents, and 56% of Democrats agreed with this statement.

What is the difference between equity and equality? It depends who you ask, but equality generally means that Americans should be granted equal opportunity for achievement. In a system of perfect equality, merit would measure achievement primarily based on the individual action.

Equity is a bit different. In an equitable system, various groups of people end at the same place. Or in its softer form, groups of people who are underprivileged receive additional support.

Proponents of equity argue that equality is unfair because people do not start off at the same place. (Nika White Consulting)

Proponents of equality argue that merit should guide outcomes. (American Enterprise Institute).

Here is a video breakdown on equity theory by NYU Professor Jonathan Haidt. (Duke University Department of Political Science)

Haidt persuasively argues that in practice, equity theory may undermine social justice. To understand why, consider how fair an equitable system seems when the groups affected are less sympathetic.

He uses a fictitious example of how the Bush administration addressed a disparity. In the example, Haidt notes that boys are suspended high school from school about 10x more than girls. Would the Bush administration be justified in advancing policy that moves this ratio from 10:1 to 1:1? To do so, Haidt notes, schools would need to look the other way when boys commit violent or dangerous behavior and penalize girls for minor infractions. Would that be fair?

We need to be careful about where and how we apply equity theory.

Quote to Consider:

“Though conditions have grown puzzling in their complexity, though changes have been vast, yet we may remain absolutely sure of one thing; that now as ever in the past, and as it will ever be in the future, there can be no substitute for elemental virtues, for the elemental qualities to which we allude when we speak of a man, not only as a good man, but as emphatically a man. We can build up the standard of individual citizenship and individual well-being, we can raise the national standard and make it what it can and shall be made, only by each of us steadfastly keeping in mind that there can be no substitute for the world-old commonplace qualities of truth, justice, courage, thrift, industry, common sense, and genuine sympathy with the fellow feelings of others.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

What I’m Reading

168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You ThinkLaura Vanderkam

  • 168 Hours is an insightful look at the disconnect between how people think about time management and some realities that can help just about anyone. For example, on one survey, when you ask people how much they sleep, they will often say “6 hours per night.” However, sleep diaries paint a different picture of 8 hours per night. Social narratives that uphold busyness as a virtue do not help matters. This is a great book for just about anyone to read.

Articles of the Week

Retail Earnings by State: Despite wide fluctuations in cost of living and minimum wage laws, the difference in average earnings for retail workers in Washington (the highest earning state) and West Virginia (the lowest earning state) may not be as much as you think. (Forbes)

Verbs Instead of Nouns: Describing yourself with verbs encourages growth and flexibility, whereas nouns are fixed. (Nir Eyal)

Effective Feedback: Read about 4 different types of feedback and how to give and receive them. (Center for Creative Leadership)

Stop Optimizing Everything: Life isn’t a math equation. Mistakes, missed opportunities, and misdirection are part of the journey. Embrace this reality. (Of Dollars and Data)

Deep Dive Careers Article of the Week: Is an Obsession with ‘Sexy Jobs’ Holding You Back?

  • Are you letting the prestige of a “sexy” job title distract you from finding a role that is a good fit? Are you letting perfect be the enemy of good? 

The more honest with yourself you are about your own motives, the better off you will be.

Other Fun Stuff

Check out this inspiring Twitter Thread from Success Pictures.

Shackles of distraction.

How many miles might your thumb travel in one year as you scroll on your phone? The answer may shock you. (Jellycomb)

Here is what the world would look like if only 100 people lived on earth. (LinkedIn)

A Museum of Failure: Items and ideas that failed to gain traction in the marketplace are included in an online museum. (Museum of Failure) Examples include:

Dad Joke of the Week:

Dada says:

~ Why did the NSA Whistleblower spend the whole winter in Russia?

He was Snowden. ~

Thanks for reading. I’ll catch you next week.

Be well,


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