People prefer getting swallowed by a 40-ton fish than going back into the office 🐋🚫🧑‍💼

The week in work 6/6 - 6/13

And… we’re back. We Heart Work has rebranded as The Week in Work, to better align with our audience of Talent Professionals. 

If you’re getting this email you’ve subscribed to We Heart Work in the past. Each week, you’ll receive an email like this one—hot off the digital presses. Whether you’re a founder tasked with hiring the team to realize your grand vision, or a recruiter working within a traditional agency, or just interested in a deeper look into the trends and news from the work front—our goal is to provide you an overview of the last week and how it relates to jobs—without boring you to tears. 

Last week

Fine 🙄 … you work from home 2-days a week, says Amazon.

The Seattle Times reports the online retail giant will allow those who can work from home to do so two days a week. These employees can also work remotely from a domestic location for four full weeks each year.

The work policy seemed to be updated after backlash from what some employees interpreted as the expectation they would have to return to the office full time once states reopen.

Clever recruiters, ever-alert for blood in the water, began launching campaigns targetting Amazon worker’s who were upset over the end of perma-work-from-home.

Most Amazon employees will begin returning to their offices as communities fully reopen, which looks like July 1 in Washington state.

Money talks

Claire, a two-year-old, New York-based company that promises instant and interest-free earned wage advances to workers by integrating into existing HR technology platforms, raised $15 million in Series A funding led by Thrive Capital.

Eightfold AI, a five-year-old, Mountain View, Ca.-based startup that says it uses deep learning and AI to help companies find, recruit and retain workers, has raised $220 million in extended Series E funding at at $2.1 billion valuation, double where the company was valued when it last raised its Series E round initially in October.

MaintainX, a three-year-old, San Francisco-based workflow management platform for industrial and frontline workers, has raised $39 million in Series B funding led by Bessemer Venture Partners.

⭐ We carefully curate funding news from one of our fave daily newsletters, StrictlyVC.

This is someone’s job

If you thought you had a trying week, consider for a moment, Michael Packard.

A commercial lobster diver from Provincetown, Massachusetts, Packard was living the dream, swimming in 60-degree water whilst plucking crustaceans from the sandy ocean floor right off Herring Cove Beach when he was swallowed, whole, by a humpback whale.

Similar to Gipetto and Jonah before him, Packard lived to to tell the tale. But unlike those who came before him, he recently hosted a Reddit AMA on his experience.

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