Culture Scout: 3 things to read this week

We’ve scoped out a few good things to read this week that won’t take up a lot of your time, but will give you some insights, fun and maybe even some surprises. Here’s our Culture Scout reading list for the week of August 31:

1. Guy Raz on remote work, and how he built this book

Guy Raz, host of How I Built This. Photo: NPR.

Bloomberg has a terrific interview with NPR podcaster Guy Raz on remote work and entepreneurship, and on his soon-to-be-launched “How I Built This” book, which “collapses hundreds of stories into one, advice-filled tale that runs the business cycle, from idea to launch to exit.” 

Bloomberg Q&A Excerpt:

“The companies that are surviving and even thriving are the ones that have taken big swings and done disruptive things that are kind of radical. It doesn’t have to be a costly decision, but it has to be radical, because a lot of these innovative decisions come out of crises. There’s a sense of radical necessity.”

2. Employers answer the call for poll workers

To respond to an election year shortage of poll workers, hundreds of companies are giving employees Election Day time off, but others are taking it a step further by launching initiatives to fill dire shortages of poll workers, offering protective equipment and opening their spaces, as the NBA did, for voters to cast their ballots.

Press Release Excerpt:

“More than 60 Civic Alliance member companies – including Starbucks, Target, Old Navy, Salesforce, Microsoft, Expedia, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, and Warby Parker – are taking concrete steps to encourage their employees or consumers to serve as poll workers. Many companies are also offering PPE and safe, accessible spaces for voting to local election officials.”

3. Just for fun: ‘The Office’ gossip

That iconic show about those Dunder Mifflin misfits has been winning a lot of hearts and attention lately. From increasingly optimistic chatter around a reboot, to Jennifer Garner’s tearful tribute and aftermath, to the dishy new Office Ladies podcast, love of this Emmy-winning television staple is growing stronger. Maybe because our nostalgia for in-person office culture is growing too.

Deadline.com Excerpt:

 “NBCU recently acquired streaming rights to NBC’s The Office for $500+ million, taking it away from Netflix where the series starring Carell has flourished. “The Office comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be,” Hammer said, adding, “We are having conversations.”

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