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Monday, Jul 24, 2017

Employees Who Stay In Companies Longer Than Two Years Get Paid 50% Less

The worst kept secret is that employees are making less on average every year. There are millions of reasons for this, but we’re going to focus on one that we can control. Staying employed at the same company for over two years on average is going to make you earn less over your lifetime by about 50% or more.

Wednesday, Jul 19, 2017

Chat at work is killing my productivity

Humans aren’t wired for any sort of global, always-reachable communication. This is a a problem that applies to both synchronous and asynchronous communication, but I miss not having an expectation of replying — or even being present — for more than 24 hours at a time. In other words…I miss email.

Thursday, Jul 13, 2017

A growing number of people think their job is useless. Time to rethink the meaning of work

Anybody who fears mass unemployment underestimates capitalism’s extraordinary ability to generate new bullshit jobs. If we want to really reap the rewards of the huge technological advances made in recent decades (and of the advancing robots), then we need to radically rethink our definition of “work.”

Do you feel fulfilled with your work?

Do you feel fulfilled with the work you do every day? If yes, please explain what it is you do and why it is so fulfilling. If no, please explain why not, and what type of work you think would be fulfilling?

Wednesday, Jul 12, 2017

Busy to Death

We all love being busy. In fact, we celebrate and subtly enjoying telling our colleagues, collaborators, and competitors how “busy” we are. The question we don’t consider is this: What is the cost of all this busy-ness?

Monday, Jul 10, 2017

What ways have worked for you to overcome 'imposter syndrome'?

I’m doing the best I can by improving each day, still feel like I have so much to learn every time I see the front page of HN.

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Take Naps at Work. Apologize to No One.

Restfulness and recharging can take a back seat to the perception and appearance of productivity. It’s easier to stay on a virtual hamster wheel of activity by immediately responding to every email than it is to measure aggregate productivity over a greater period of time. But a growing field of occupational and psychological research is building the case for restfulness in pursuit of greater productivity.

Thursday, Jun 29, 2017

Where we're going, we don't need headphones!

If there is one single complaint about work I hear most often from clients and friends, it’s that they have a hard time focusing in their office… Let me share with you how I try to have people happily leave their headphones in their backpack.

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

How to not bring emotion from work back home?

Even after working so many years. I still get moment that I want to snap. Any way to not bring emotion from work back home?

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work

Rule of thumb: If it’s hard you’ll have trouble finding people who want to do it. There’s no shortage of people who want to be programmers, designers, strategists, social media consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, etc… But try finding people to work the farm. Hard work is doing the work other people don’t want to do.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

Office distractions could be costing your company more than $30k per high-performance employee each year

My latest data shows that 80% of high-performance employees are interrupted 5 or more times a day by things like unplanned meetings; being drawn into other conversations; incoming questions from co-workers that could be answered with little effort; and so on—with a staggering 40% interrupted more than 8 times each day.

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017

Are laws like the French ban on emails after work, saving us or burying our jobs?

Do you leave work behind when you physically move out of your workplace? Or do the texts, messages, emails keep pulling you back, monopolizing your life beyond work hours? Do you believe that this can get to a point where an individual eventually breaks down?

Monday, Jun 5, 2017

Why you should work 4 hours a day, according to science

When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organized their lives around their work, but not their days.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed

It’s not about working less. It’s the opposite: A lot of knowledge jobs basically never stop, and without structuring time to think and be curious you wind up less efficient during the hours that are devoted to sitting at your desk cranking out work.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Coolest Workstations

We asked the Product Hunt community to see their workplaces. 180+ responses later, and we can say that people’s workspaces vary in every shape, size, and location.

Monday, May 22, 2017

What's your working day like?

I’m curious about the details of the usual working day for different professions/positions (not necessary technical).

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How much of your time at work do you spend not working?

How much of your time at work do you spend not working? Let’s include meetings/email as job related.

Thursday, Apr 27, 2017

Do you have a pointless job?

Ever get the feeling you’re paid to look busy? You’re not alone.

Monday, Apr 24, 2017

Douglas Coupland: 'The nine to five is barbaric'

“I haven’t been employed since 1988. I’m still trying to recover from the trauma. Sometimes I wake up and think: ‘Oh my God, I don’t have a job’,” he says. “My life is a vocation; I can’t imagine doing anything else. I have the freedom to explore whatever idea I want, take really random gigs and projects which change my life in some way.”

Friday, Apr 14, 2017

Why Quitting Your Job to Chase Your Dream Is a Terrible Idea

In his research, Ericsson argued that for someone to become an expert in their field, they need at least 10,000 hours of practice. In other words, before you quit your job or make your next career transition, take your time building the skills you’ll need to do that job well.

Friday, Apr 7, 2017

The Jobs Americans Do

Popular ideas about the working class are woefully out of date. Here are nine people who tell a truer story of what the American work force does today — and will do tomorrow.

Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017

Darwin Was a Slacker and You Should Be Too

When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organize their lives around their work, but not their days.

Friday, Mar 31, 2017

What I Wish I Knew About My First Pay Check

When you’re fresh out of college and land your first professional job the first thing that crosses your mind is probably relief. The second is likely if your new salary will be enough to cover your bills. But the salary amount is usually where a lot of first-time professionals stop paying attention to their compensation package.

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017

Does Work Make You Happy? Evidence from the World Happiness Report

Being self-employed has a multifaceted relationship with wellbeing. When we look at global averages, we see that self-employment is generally associated with lower levels of happiness as compared to being a full-time employee. But follow-up analyses indicate that this very much depends on the region of the world that is being considered as well as which measure of subjective wellbeing is under consideration.

Monday, Mar 27, 2017

'Brand consultant'? 'PR researcher'? Why the 'bullshit jobs' era needs to end

If capitalism is supposed to value work, why has it led much of the workforce into the age of seemingly meaningless tasks, titles and functions?

Thursday, Mar 23, 2017

The Most Desirable Employee Benefits

As part of our study, we gave 2,000 U.S. workers, ranging in age from 18 to 81, a list of 17 benefits and asked them how heavily they would weigh the options when deciding between a high-paying job and a lower-paying job with more perks.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

The Accidental Arrival of the Cubicle

Over 50 years since its creation, the cubicle is often dismissed as a symbol of corporate culture’s clash with worker happiness. Oddly enough, its “invention” was largely by accident.

Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

Why we should kill the 40-hour work week

Working set hours is typically the norm for full-time professionals, so I wondered where this 40-hour work schedule came from and if there’s any scientific backing as to why we’ve been working this way for almost a century.

Monday, Feb 27, 2017

Why Do We Take Pride in Working for a Paycheck?

But here’s the thing: In historical terms, the pride we take in working for a paycheck is really new. Just 150 years ago, when people talked about the shame of dependency, they were referring to the reality of being forced to hold a job.

Friday, Feb 24, 2017

What makes the perfect office?

What if the ideal office isn’t the coolest or the most aesthetically visionary? What if the ideal office is the one, dog pictures and gnomes and all, that workers make their own?

Monday, Feb 13, 2017

It Takes 60 Hours to Work 40 Hours Per Week

Think of your week like your suitcase. You can cram it full, rolling up everything and stuffing underwear into socks and using all sorts of organizational gadgets to keep it under control. Or you can bring less stuff.

Wednesday, Feb 8, 2017

Charles Bukowski: The Slavery of the 9 to 5

To not to have entirely wasted one’s life seems to be a worthy accomplishment, if only for myself.

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

How did you escape your 9 to 5 job?

I guess I’m interested to hear from those who were in the same boat that I am in right now, how did you escape your job? At what point in your career? And what are the risks and obstacles you have faced during your journey?

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You're More Likely to Be Happy at Work

“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured.

Monday, Jan 23, 2017

If you want to earn more, work less

Studies show people who work less are more likely to get a raise or bonus than those who overwork.

Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Why Some People Get Burned Out and Others Don't

By using and developing your emotional intelligence, you can put a stop to burnout—for you, and for others.

Monday, Jan 16, 2017

The cult of compulsory happiness is ruining our workplaces

Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side.

Friday, Jan 13, 2017

If you get rich, you won't quit working for long

Think you’d hand in your notice if you suddenly struck it rich? You’d be surprised.

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2016

Researchers uncover why morning people should not work at night

At night, early risers demonstrate a quicker reaction time when solving unusual attention-related tasks than night owls, but these early risers make more mistakes along the way.

Thursday, Dec 22, 2016

Almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary

The American work environment is rapidly changing. For better or worse, the days of the conventional full-time job may be numbered.

Wednesday, Dec 21, 2016

The outwork myth

Hours are never the differentiator — it’s never about working more hours than someone else. It’s about the decisions you make. How you spend your time, what you do and don’t do. Especially what you don’t do.

Inside Jobs

Hear what American workers have to say about their jobs.

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2016

How to Work Alone

4 skills needed when you work in solitude.

Monday, Dec 12, 2016

8-5 Desk Life

Sitting at my desk all day is getting the best of me. I’d like to receive some information, ideas, or exercises I can do for 5-10 minutes at my desk to stay mobile and flexible. Seems that my posture and mobility is starting to decline quickly!

Friday, Dec 9, 2016

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Why do you work?

“For me, I want to be free,” said Eric. “That’s what I’m working for.”

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016

Is it better to be good at many things or great at one thing?

Young man here, should I learn one thing really good (like back-end programming) or go all out and learn as many things(front-end, 3d, photoshop, back-end etc..) as possible and be okay in all of them.

Monday, Oct 17, 2016

Best method to cancel human voices at work or public space?

I have tried silicone ear plugs and in-ear headphones with good plugs but can’t find anything that completely stops human voices. I have read that the noise-canceling headphones are good for some type of frequencies, human voices not being one of them. What methods do you use to cope with it? If ear plugs or headphones, can you specify?

Friday, Oct 14, 2016

Practice Doesn't Make Perfect

We cannot predict with accuracy who will become élite in a given field, but we know that genes and environment matter and that we all have different natural peaks that we can reach through application and training. Saying that training is everything may be tempting, but it’s wrong.

Thursday, Sep 29, 2016

Where do you go to get recruiters to find you a job?

I’m looking for a new role, but would like to work with recruiters to reduce time consuming job searches and applications. Where can you go to basically announce to recruiters that it’s worth their time to find a good job match for you, rather than just spam by keywords?