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The Friday Five: October 23, 2015

Here’s What Really Happened at That Company That Set a $70,000 Minimum Wage
A few months ago Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price decided to change his approach to employee payments by instituting a $70,000 per-year minimum wage. For reference, one of the phone techs had previously been making approximately $35,000/year. There was the predictable media firestorm and then the punditry followed: liberals lauding the move as an example for all, conservatives saying how it would ruin not only Gravity Payments but other business if they tried to do the same thing. So here’s where we are today with this story. It’s a long read, but worth it.
Read More at Inc
We Can Do Better! A look into CTS
I like Mark Coxon, and I like the point he makes in this article. InfoComm International’s Certified Technology Specialist (CTS), for better or worse, is the benchmark certification in the AV industry. These days, however, it gets a somewhat bad rap (possibly deserved) for being “too easy” or for not having a skills assessment as part of the curriculum and testing. As someone who is very involved in the CTS process, and a potential candidate for the CTS Steering Committee I read this article and nodded the entire time. This article contains a somewhat flawed method (admitted by the author) but raises some important questions. Do you think the CTS is important for the AV Industry? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments (if you’re into that).
Read More at rAVe
The Problem With Best Practices
This piece opens with the sentence “Best Practices don’t make you the best. They make you the average of everyone else who follows them,” and the author (Shane Snow) is right on the money. Our industry relies on “best practices” and standards as a way of delivering exceptional audio visual solutions and customer experiences on a daily basis. However, sometimes, best practices can be the box of which we need to think outside. This article details the way best practices,-*in some cases, aren’t the best option.
Read More at Fast Company
The 5 employers are rescuing the 40-hour workweek
The 40-hour workweek is a thing of the past, I thought; especially at my last job where I had to be available on nights and weekends to walk users through incredibly complex items like powering on computers. I was shocked, SHOCKED I say, when I changed jobs and started working for a manufacturer when I sent an email at 8pm one night and didn’t hear back until the next morning. When I did, it was a response and the final line read, “no need to email after hours or weekends, enjoy your off time.” I still work more than 40 hours a week, but that’s only because I’m absolutely awful at sitting still and relaxing. But take a look at these 5 companies bucking the trend towards more work time less home time.
Read More at Fortune
This Frighteningly Smart Office Building Knows Exactly What You Want, When You Want It
The next wave of automation is here. A freakishly tuned office building in Amsterdam, home to Deloitte, houses some 40,000 sensors. Each of these sensors feed information allowing the building to automatically raise/lower heat based on occupancy, dim the lights and etc. This is the future, a champion of automation, and Internet of Things sensors. For a long time the audio visual industry has tangentially been on the cusp of big data and using it in meaningful ways. It appears Deloitte’s new digs bring it straight to the forefront.
Read More at Fast CoExist

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