Slow Perk Summer, Obama’s Docuseries And Grammarly’s CEO On ChatGPT

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Welcome to the long weekend!

Take a breather if you can, because the next week brings not only the start of summer routines for many but a projected deadline to avert default—if a deal to raise the debt ceiling isn’t reached sooner. In a summer that’s likely to have fewer mental health days or extra PTO as companies slow down hiring, layoffs mount and a perk-cession grows, try to enjoy the long weekend while you can.

We also hope you can take some time away next week to join us for our second Forbes Future of Work Summit, which you can register to attend virtually here! We’ll hear from new Slack CEO Lidiane Jones, Kickstarter CEO Everette Taylor, U.S. EEOC Chair Charlotte Burrows, as well as a host of founders, human resources executives and other thought leaders on how AI is impacting work, the future of the gig economy and how major companies are thinking about upskilling and the employee experience. Meanwhile, enjoy this week’s newsletter (and if you’ve been forwarded it by someone else, click here to sign up!)

Jena McGregor, Senior Editor, Leadership Strategy & Careers | @jenamcgregor


After calling for A.I. regulation in the U.S. Congress, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman warned the company may have to pull its services from the European Union if it is unable to comply with the region’s attempts to regulate A.I. Meanwhile, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt warned AI could cause people to be “harmed or killed.”

Meanwhile, new AI tools and advancements keep rolling out: ChatGPT will now have access to real-time info from Bing search and Adobe adds an AI image generator to Photoshop. Still, even some tech companies are blocking the use of AI tools for some staffers, including Apple, according to the Wall Street Journal.


A state-level effort to boost gig workers’ pay was halted when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) vetoed a bill Thursday that would have set minimum pay rates for Uber drivers after the company threatened to stop serving most of Minnesota and boost prices in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The Financial Times reported Monday that Credit Suisse staff are gearing up to sue Switzerland’s financial regulator over hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bonuses that were canceled after the bank was hastily rescued by rival UBS earlier this year.

Three Amazon delivery drivers allege they faced “inhumane” working conditions that prohibited them from stopping to go to the bathroom in a class action lawsuit, according to a new Forbes report, which reached out to the company for a comment.


Upon the release of Working: What We Do All Day, a new Netflix series inspired by Studs Terkel’s famous book and produced in part by former President Obama, who also appears in the film, I sat down with its director, Caroline Suh. We talked about working with Obama, the future of work and what the series, which follows workers across the economic spectrum in three fields (home health care, hospitality, and self-driving cars) says about our cultural fascination with work. Excerpts from our conversation are below, edited for length and clarity.

Tell us how you first got connected to the series.

It was not my idea. It was President Obama and Davis Guggenheim who came together and thought let’s do something about work. I was brought on board to figure out what that would be. When I first got the call, I was like, “no thank you. That sounds hard. Who wants to watch that?” And then I found out President Obama was involved, so I immediately changed my mind.

Yet what’s been fascinating is how much this concept of the future of work has become almost a cultural phenomenon, a huge topic of interest. Why do you think that is?

I think part of it has to do with COVID. It made me stop. I was on the hamster wheel, just always rushing around, going to work, coming back from work, never questioning, is this the balance that I want?

And obviously there’s a lot going on in terms of technology. I think people feel destabilized and don’t know what’s going to happen. Work is central to one’s stability in life. How am I going to make a living? How am I going to send my kids to college and afford some place to live?

Was Covid a factor?

We were just about to start filming and then everything shut down. The project initially was supposed to be about a year. It ended up being four years because I didn’t want to film people with masks on. The goal for the series was really not to have it be a moment in time. I really wanted it to be a human look, an evergreen look, a universal look at work, and touch on some of the basic feelings and hopes and struggles that people have.

Were there any big messages about the future of work you feel came out of the docuseries?

I didn’t want the series to be pedantic and I want people to come away with whatever they come away with. … I took American history and [was taught] factory jobs built the middle class. But that’s for a specific reason. Those used to be horrible jobs. But then unions arose and then they became really good jobs. We’re all going to rely on people who work in home health care in some way; they’re very difficult jobs and very important. Why do we choose for those jobs to pay less than McDonald’s?


The Department of Labor released new statistics showing that foreign-born workers are a growing proportion of the U.S. labor force:

  • 18.1%: Share of the U.S. civilian labor force made up of foreign-born workers, up from 17.4% in 2021.
  • 3.7%: Jobless rate for U.S.-born workers in 2022, down from 5.3% in 2021 according to BLS.
  • Record low for Black unemployment: “It’s often asserted that illegal immigration is especially harmful to Black wages and job prospects, but we now have two consecutive presidencies that seem to undermine that claim,” writes Jason L. Riley, columnist for the Wall Street Journal.


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Why the future of work is ‘learn and earn’—and not a separation of school and work.

Here’s how to prepare now for the impact A.I. will have on your company culture.

Remote work isn’t just flexible. It’s also empowering for women and fights against “greedy work,” writes Gleb Tsipursky.


Congressional lawmakers might have sparked a watershed moment for “business casual” this week with the attire they wore to an Oval Office meeting with President Joe Biden. What were they wearing?

  1. No neck ties
  2. Sneakers
  3. Bold socks
  4. Broken suits

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