Tyler from Less Annoying Business here. Here's what's new:
The thriving wage: Compensating employees fairly [Blog post]
Employee compensation is...tricky. We take an unorthodox approach at LACRM which probably won't work for most companies, but I figured I'd share it just in case anyone wants to join our approach.
What we've learned about podcasting after 100 episodes [Podcast]
This was our 100th podcast episode, so we took it as an opportunity to share what we've learned about podcasting in general.
What I've been working on
Interviews continue for our software engineer position. We had two final-round interviews last week, and three more this coming week. Interviewing is always so hard. I tend to be an optimist and focus on the good, so when I'm in the moment talking to someone, I pretty much always think they're the right person for the job. Setting up guard rails (having multiple people weigh in, collecting feedback in various object and subjective ways, etc.) helps with this, but it's still a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
In non-work news, I just bought my first iPad. So far, I'm underwhelmed. I don't really get what it's for. It's much worse than a computer for productivity work due to the limited operating system, and it's much worse than a phone for casual use because it's so hard to interact with such a large screen (typing without the keyboard is so much harder than it is on a phone). It seems like it's basically just good for passively consuming content (e.g. watching videos, reading ebooks, etc.) which I don't think justifies the high price tag. I'm going to give it another week or so to see if I'm missing something, but right now I'm thinking I might return it. Let me know if you think I'm missing some killer use case!
Good shit on the internet
Here are some things I saw this week that I liked:
Taking Better Care Of Each Other [Podcast]
This episode examines what founders owe to employees, which is an under-discussed topic. I like that they call out the "work less make more" advice which relies heavily on outsourcing all your work to other people so you can relax on the beach. It sounds nice at first, but when you dive into the idea, it fundamentally comes down to exploiting workers and capturing all the wealth being created.
This is a super complex topic. Fundamentally, I think we're all selfish. Every time we spend money on ourselves that isn't absolutely essential for survival, we're prioritizing our happiness above other peoples' survival. That's human nature, and I think it's ok to a point, but like all things, it comes down to finding the right balance.
Hat tip to Steve Davis for sending me this episode.
Tweet thread (click through to read the whole thing)...
We launched an online course, but we had a problem. Only 15% of ppl started it. Only 3% of ppl finished it. For 30 days I made it my personal mission to crack the engagement code. Today, we're at 88% course start and 50% completion rates. Here's how 🧵 Hint: No, no cohorts.
June 12th 2021
This thread is about getting more people to complete an online course, but I think it's more broadly applicable than just that. I love the idea that you can change human behavior just by getting them to promise to do something. I'm considering how I can apply that at LACRM.