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Thursday, Oct 12, 2017

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

There is good reason to be concerned about social connection in our current world. Loneliness is a growing health epidemic. We live in the most technologically connected age in the history of civilization, yet rates of loneliness have doubled since the 1980s.

Wednesday, Oct 11, 2017

Open offices are overrated

If you work in an office, there’s a good chance it’s an open one. How did we get here? And why is it so bad?

Tuesday, Oct 10, 2017

The Origins of Office Speak

Corporate jargon may seem meaningless to the extent that it’s best described as “bullshit,” but it actually reveals a lot about how workers think about their lives.

Thursday, Oct 5, 2017

The average American spent more than 9 full days getting to and from work last year

Compared with 1980, the typical American spent about 42 more hours commuting in 2016. That’s like adding another full workweek to the calendar year.

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

If working less is so productive, why is it so hard?

In the context of work-life balance, our brains didn’t evolve to determine exactly how much we need to work. Our brains simply want us to survive and reproduce, and working more seems to contribute to those end goals. Our brain’s anxiety about survival and reproduction motivates us to work more, even though it’s not always in our best interest over the long-term.

Monday, Sep 4, 2017

Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated

If the very thought of networking makes you throw up in your mouth, you’re not alone. Networking makes us feel dirty — to the point that one study found that people rate soap and toothpaste 19 percent more positively after imagining themselves angling to make professional contacts at a cocktail party.

Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017

Is the open office layout dead?

The open office layout is meant to foster an egalitarian work environment that inspires creativity and spontaneous collaboration among colleagues. Nearly 60 years since their invention, an increasing body of research is beginning to show what many employees already know—open offices often fall short of that ideal.

Monday, Aug 28, 2017

Let’s hear it for the four-hour working day

The point isn’t that the world would be a lovelier place if nobody felt forced to work long hours, though that’s true. It’s that in any remotely creative job, a culture that doesn’t allow for rest is self-defeating, even just for the bottom line.

Wednesday, Aug 23, 2017

A short history of the office

For centuries people have been getting up, joining a daily commute or retreating to a room, to work. The office has become inseparable from work. Its history illustrates not only how our work has changed but also how work’s physical spaces respond to cultural, technological and social forces.

Thursday, Aug 3, 2017

This Is The Current State Of The American Workplace

A glimpse of workplace trends on the rise.

Tuesday, Aug 1, 2017

Extreme Commuting

The number of people who commute two hours or more to work is expected to grow, especially now that it is easier to work occasionally from home.

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?