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Peer-Review in the Workplace

I ran across this very interesting article about some peer-review processes used within the CRA and Statistics Canada: Peer Review: From academia to organizations. I particularly appreciated the author’s comments about the benefits to reviewers of being able to provide feedback anonymously. I find that in an open forum, whether in academia or government, our first instinct as authors is to defend our claims without changing the structure of our arguments. Would we experience this criticism differently if it was anonymous (and professional), even if our reviewers didn’t have the power to recommend the publication of our work?

As an aside, publication matters in government as well. Not so much because publication carries prestige but because it is a tangible example of an analyst’s productivity. In this context, the barrier to publication is not one round of anonymous reviewers but multiple rounds of review by senior management. I think that analysts might feel more confident in ‘sticking to their guns’ during a vertical approval process if their work had first undergone a formalized, horizontal review process. It is interesting to think about how disagreements about criticisms would be adjudicated if reviewers did not know one another’s identity, as would be the case during an academic peer-review process.

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Digital Skills as Human Capital

Employers need to think about digital skills as a type of human capital that they have to invest in to maintain. This also means that digital skills capital has to be developed in the first place, just like other types of capital. Employers can’t expect to ‘buy’ digital skills capital off-the-shelf. If a business was purchasing a new building or a new IT system from a contractor, they would still be involved at the design phase and have a refit or implementation plan. How can we expect human capital (employees) to have plug-and-play digital skills that employers can secure in bulk on the open market? Gen Z workers are not tech-savvy in the workplace – and it’s a growing problem – WorkLife

Workplace Culture

Causes of Burnout

Here is an interesting article from the Harvard Business Review on the organizational causes of employee burnout: Beyond Burned Out