Culture Wars/Current Controversies

The industry #MeToo forgot

February 26, 2023
Hi, I’m Matt Turner, the editor in chief of business at Insider. Welcome back to Insider Today’s Sunday edition, a roundup of our top reads of the week.


On the agenda today:

But first: Economy reporter Madison Hoff explains why “quiet” is the workplace word for 2023.

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“Quiet” is everywhere this year

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Whisper it, but “quiet” might just be the workplace word for this year, Insider’s Madison Hoff writes.

Most of us know about “quiet quitting,” which is doing the bare minimum at your job without leaving. Experts worry this trend will only get more prevalent as companies conduct layoffs and implement hiring freezes. Increased responsibilities for the employees left behind could exacerbate the issue of people checking out at work.

Then there’s “quiet hiring,” one of the workplace buzzwords of 2023, which is all about focusing on internal talent without increasing head count. And although it doesn’t use the word “quiet,” there are related workplace terms floating around like “Bare Minimum Monday” and “Try Less Tuesday.”

As Insider’s Rebecca Knight and Tim Paradis wrote: It’s “the TikTokian progeny of ‘quiet quitting.’”

Why “quiet” is the workplace word for 2023

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The industry #MeToo forgot

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Simon Arias III is a life-insurance-sales machine. His firm ranks among the most profitable agencies under the Globe Life umbrella.

But Arias Agencies is now at the center of an explosive lawsuit that alleges a pattern of unchecked sexual assault and harassment. One of Arias’ top lieutenants faces claims that he touched himself in front of a female direct report and sent a graphic Snapchat message.

In interviews with Insider, the plaintiff and 13 other former agents described Arias Agencies as a cesspool of sexual harassment, violence, and drug abuse.

Read our full investigation here.


Why flying sucks
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Mass cancellations. Airline meltdowns. A million mishandled bags. A US-wide ground stop caused by outdated equipment. The past year has been a total nightmare for air travelers.

Experts say air travel’s decline boils down to shortsighted decisions that prioritized efficiency and price cuts over quality and comfort. And there’s no incentive for airlines to reverse course.

Go inside the miserable flying experience.

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Climate change hits the Sunshine State
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Today’s hurricanes tend to be stronger, wetter, and less predictable than those of the last century. As global warming continues to ratchet up the temperature of our oceans, we can expect more devastating hurricanes.

The danger to the Florida Keys doesn’t end with hurricane season, either: The climate-crisis bill is coming due. As residents decide to pack up and leave, their current calamity offers a glimpse into the nation’s future.

What to know about Florida’s climate exodus.

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Wall Street’s false sense of security
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The stock market has started off the year in a state of euphoria. But according to Insider’s Linette Lopez, elite investors are privately warning that this complacency will make the coming reversal more excruciating.

Rapid US economic growth means the Federal Reserve has to continue hiking interest rates to tame rising prices. That combination breeds volatility and uncertainty. The stock market is still deep in the woods — and there are bears in this forest.

What investors are saying in private.

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“At first I was shocked at their outspokenness about their work-life balance. I heard, ‘No, I’m not going to take a super-early-morning call,’ and ‘This is when I sign off at night.’”
— An anonymous manager who manages Gen Z coworkers — and is inspired by the way they set boundaries.

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