We added ten people without hiring anyone.

How do you solve a noise problem in an open floor plan?

“The iOS app is tiny: it uses the Apple AVAudioRecorder class’s level-metering to passively collect and report average and maximum ambient decibel levels every 10 seconds to our server monitoring tool Datadog. We’ve open-sourced our Decibel noise-recording app for you to use. “

via StudyHacks.

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MeFi: California bans salary history requirements

The new law, banning employers from asking about salary history, goes into effect Jan 1, 2018. AB 168 also requires employers to provide the pay scale on request – no more, “tell us what you made before, and we’ll tell you if you might be a candidate for the position.”

This has the potential to reshape the contractor-based industries. The new law says, “An employer, upon reasonable request, shall provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant applying for employment.” It doesn’t say, “shall provide pay scale for those applicants who are being seriously considered for the job.” It means info about job rates will be public, and job-seekers can compare rates across companies.

The law was enacted to prevent discrimination against women based on past discrimination; it looks like a tremendous boon to anyone who’s looking to switch industries, or who’s been stuck in a low-wage job while they learned more skills and had more responsibilities heaped on them.

It also means hiring managers will be scrambling to figure out how to rate applicants if they can’t use past salary as their quick y/n for “is this person maybe a fit for this position?”

It ain’t high art but it helps to be high

Wiley Wallace’s art is what you’d get if you tried to create a Spielbergian “kids in peril” classic on mescaline. Interestingly, Wallace says that he uses his own children as models for the characters in his paintings. A press release states that “at times realistic depictions deliquesce into abstract blurs of bright colors, while at others subtle apparitions make their way into otherwise unassuming everyday scenes.” Yeah, they “deliquesce“…

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Enterprise Florida gives raises, ditches bonuses

Raises will be provided to 16 upper-level and mid-level employees of Enterprise Florida, as the state’s business-recruitment agency does away with a controversial bonus program. The Enterprise Florida Executive Committee voted unanimously during a conference call Friday to approve a recommendation – supported by Gov. Rick Scott – to replace the bonus program. The pay increases are seen by committee members as a way to maintain Enterprise Florida without causing an exodus of employees. The public-private agency has faced heavy

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