November 18, 2016: Friday news roundup

Whew, we made it through another one, folks. Along with the regular news tidbits, we’ve got some coverage of the Workplace Boredom survey conducted by Udemy for Business. If you’re reading the roundup during business hours, we hope it’s not because you’re bored!

Where Facebook leads Alphabet, Apple and Amazon
This is sort of fascinating. The Information breaks down hiring at tech’s heaviest hitters relative to their valuation to test whether these companies are job creators. With thousands of employees, of course, they’ve all created some jobs, but compared with their non-tech forerunners, not so much. As the article explains, Facebook has succeeded in creating huge market value without a comparable number of jobs.

It took Sheryl Sandberg exactly 2 sentences to give the best career advice you’ll hear today
Sandberg was asked the number one thing she looks for in someone who can scale with a company, and her response was succinct: being able to take feedback well “because people who can take feedback well are people who can learn and grow quickly.”

Our assumptions about old and young workers are wrong
Now would be a good time to abandon every preconceived notion you have about any class of people, whether it’s based on age, race, religion, orientation, etc. Here, we read that different generations in the workforce don’t fit into neat characterizations—and operating as if they do is a business risk. Guess what: older workers are just as eager to learn new things and continue developing as their younger colleagues.

A big life change is more planning than magic
Have you started thinking about your 2017 New Year’s resolutions? If you’re considering a major shakeup, like moving to a new city or starting a new career, you know how scary it can be to commit. This writer offers reassurance that it’s worth the risk to “embrace the uncertainty of life.”

What to do with a millennial employee who’s bored at work
As we said in the intro, we recently conducted a survey of U.S. employees and discovered workplace boredom is a real problem, with about 43% of respondents admitting they feel disengaged. Millennials are twice as likely to express that sentiment. What to do about it? Employers can offer more and better learning opportunities, while individuals can also take steps to revitalize their routines.