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Culture at Yelp: What We Read in 2022



In our Culture team meetings, we read and discuss a thought-provoking article each week. Last year, we listed our favorite finds. Today, we’re excited to continue this tradition and share the inspiring pieces that helped us better serve our employees this year. 

Are You Living a Double Life on Social Media?

Is it time we redefine what it means to look “professional,” especially on platforms like LinkedIn? Executive coach Bisi Alimi shared his perspective with us in a recent interview.

A Vanishing Word in Abortion Debate: ‘Women’

Progressive groups and medical organizations have adopted inclusive language, which has led to terms like “pregnant people” and “chestfeeding.”

Research: How Our Class Background Affects the Way We Collaborate 

To realize the benefits of interdependent teamwork for all employees, focus on three areas: ensuring teams are working on interdependent tasks; training all team members to work interdependently; and outwardly value interdependent teamwork.

What People Get Wrong About They/Them Pronouns 

Preferring they/them pronouns isn’t synonymous with being nonbinary. After all, pronouns describe one’s identity—they don’t define it.

Don’t Let Ageism Define You. How to Enjoy Life at Every Stage.

Age beliefs in our society need to be regarded as more positive and powerful than they currently are. 

I Used to Lead Tours at a Plantation. You Won’t Believe the Questions I Got About Slavery.

The site the author worked at had more than 100 enslaved workers associated with it—27 people serving the household alone, outnumbering the home’s three white residents by a factor of nine. Yet many guests who visited the house and took the tour reacted with hostility to hearing a presentation that focused more on the slaves than on the owners.

Embarrassing, Uncomfortable and Risky: What Flying is Like for Passengers Who Use Wheelchairs 

For passengers who use wheelchairs, air travel in the United States can be an embarrassing, uncomfortable, and perilous prospect.

Can We Let Go of the Term ‘Fusion Cooking’ Once and For All? 

The term “fusion” as a signifier of an inventive variation on “East meets West cooking”—itself a ridiculous, outmoded generalization—continues to lurk in the margins of American dining culture and food writing. 

The Unexpected Power of Random Acts of Kindness

New research shows small gestures matter even more than we may think.

A Love Language Spoken With Hands 

For a deaf man used to broken promises, a video message delivers a fresh start.

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