Fast Five

SWC’s Fast Five

Et tu, Amazon? Lego works on its pronouns, Millennials pool resources for the house down payment, Social Security recipients make bank and even jobs listed for high flyers are WFH.

So, here’s this week’s Fast Five:

1 15 percent of high-paying job listings are now remote

More and more jobs that can be done from your bedroom are showing up on the high-paying end of the help-wanted spectrum. There’s the potential for greater work-life balance for executives and others in the high-earning realm — and there’s more hope of the same for people who aspire to that echelon.

2 Lego to rid its toys of gender bias

Lego hopes its iconic blocks can help build more than just trains and houses, it hopes to help build a more inclusive society. Lego will work to remove gender stereotypes from its products and marketing. New research commissioned by the Lego Group revealed girls are ready for the world but society isn’t quite ready to support their growth through play.

3 The biggest cost-of-living boost, in 39 years, for millions of retirees

Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9 percent boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the weight of the coronavirus pandemic.

4 Millennials team up to fulfill the dream of homeownership

For millennials, many of whom are getting married later in life, swimming in student-loan dept and facing soaring home prices, homeownership can feel more like a fantasy than an achievable goal. So, many first-time home buyers are taking a more creative route by pooling their finances with partners, friends, and roommates to make it happen.

5 Amazon copied products and rigged search results to promote its own brands

Internal Amazon documents reveal how the e-commerce giant ran a systematic campaign of creating knockoff goods and manipulating search results to boost its own product lines at the expense of other sellers – practices the company has denied engaging in.