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Most men think we’ve closed the gender gap; In the future, work won’t need a desk

Source | LinkedIn : By LinkedIn Daily Rundown

What’s happening in the world of work: The special weekend edition of the Daily Rundown highlights the business trends, perspectives, and hot topics you need to know to work smarter.

Men and women don’t see eye to eye on the gender gap. A recent poll from SurveyMonkey found that 58% of US male workers surveyed said all obstacles to gender equality had been eliminated, while the reverse is true for women — 60% said significant barriers still exist. It’s even more extreme in tech, with 61% of men and only 30% of women saying obstacles to professional gender equality had been extinguished. “Against this backdrop, the industry’s persistent diversity troubles … make a disheartening kind of sense,” Fortune writes.

More US colleges are closing their doors: The number of colleges in the US dropped nearly 6% between the past two academic years, The Wall Street Journal reports. One big driver of the trend: The shuttering of for-profit colleges with low graduation rates and high rates of student loan default. Across the board, though, universities have faced funding cuts and flagging demand — which has in turn led to higher tuition, rising student debt (which has ballooned 250% over the past decade), and a broad questioning of the value of traditional higher education.

A California startup is working to create a world in which everything on your desk — including your desk — is virtual. Meta is developing an augmented reality headset for the workplace that uses holograms to let you email, code, browse the web, interact with 3D models, and more. Bloomberg News’ Selina Wang tried the device, and she’s seeing the future: “As much as I rely on my phone and laptop, I’m more than ready to give them up for a pair of glasses that would project anything I want into the space around me.”

Workers are less likely to bad-mouth their business when there’s diversity in the upper ranks, according to a study from the Center for Talent Innovation. When employees perceive bias at work, they’re more likely to criticize their employer on social media, and less likely to refer friends or say they feel proud of where they work. But diversity in leadership has reduced perceptions of bias: It demonstrates to employees “that difference is valued and that diverse individuals can thrive at their organizations,” says CTI’s Ripa Rashid.

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