Our weekly roundup of workplace news from around the web.
The Washington Post ran an op-ed this week about how the best company leaders are usually “enlightened dictators”: “I know that dictatorship doesn’t sound nice but it is what business leadership entails,” writes Vivek Wadhwa. “People love to follow strong leaders. They want to be led by people with vision, conviction and good values.”
Science of Usreports that the only person who can make your job meaningful is you. Sort of a shrug, until you consider that this is probably proof that all of your workplace designing is done in vain unless you’ve got the client fully prepped and desirous of the tailored solution you’re offering. To wit: In research first published by the MIT Sloan Management Review, the authors found that “quality of leadership received virtually no mention when people described meaningful moments at work . . . but poor management was the top destroyer of meaningfulness” (shout out to the “dictators” in bullet point one). Likewise, “meaningfulness was not associated with the employees’ satisfaction with their work environment, or with their commitment to the job.”
CNBC listsWeWork at number 34 in their CNBC Disruptor 50. Quoth founder and CEO, Adam Neumann: “As time passes and the more our community grows, the bigger impact this idea is having on the way people work and live.”