November 9, 2018: Friday News Roundup

Another Friday rolls around, and so does another roundup.

Personality Puzzler: Is There Any Science Behind Myers-Briggs?
Who doesn’t love a good personality quiz? They’re fun and, we presume, insightful. But maybe not. An Oxford professor has written a book about the test’s creation by a mother-daughter team with no psychological training and subsequent adoption by corporations—and the military—as tool to understand employees.

9 Out of 10 People Are Willing to Earn Less Money to Do More-Meaningful Work
There’s been lots of research into the power of purpose in the workplace: it motivates, engages, and fulfills employees. Now, a study has found that people crave meaningful work so much, they don’t mind taking a pay cut to get it. The next question is whether meaningful work is actually prevalent, and according to this study, only 1 in 20 “rated their current jobs as providing the most meaningful work they could imagine having.”

One Winner Of The Work-From-Home Revolution: The Cottage Seat-Filler Industry
Okay, this doesn’t sound like the most meaningful work out there. Apparently, some companies are actually paying people to occupy desks during things like client visits, because the office is otherwise a ghost town while the “real” employees work from home. This phenomenon is part of a bigger debate on the value, of lack thereof, of fancy (and expensive) office space.

Make The Coffee: Small Gestures Go A Long Way At Work
We wrap things up this week with an article by our own Darren Shimkus, general manager of Udemy for Business. He discusses why all of us, at every level, should take it upon ourselves to do “little” things like making coffee when the office pot runs dry and how these small acts of kindness contribute to positive working relationships. Then you can read this fascinating story about just how that coffee gets to your cup.