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Monday, Dec 17, 2018

'Must be willing to work under pressure' is a warning sign

As a programmer looking for a job, you need to be on the lookout for badly managed companies. Whether it’s malicious exploitation or just plain incompetence, the less time you waste applying for these jobs, the better. Some warning signs are subtle, but not all. One of the most blatant is a simple phrase: “must be willing to work under pressure.”

Thursday, Dec 13, 2018

7 ideas about finding the work you were meant to do

You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life).

Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018

Why you need both rituals and routines to power your workday

According to research, up to 40% of our daily actions are powered by habits—the unconscious actions and routines we’ve developed over time.

Friday, Dec 7, 2018

Fighting the “loneliness epidemic” at work: Dan Schawbel on creating real connections in the Age of Isolation

In this interview, we spoke with Dan about the real threat of workplace isolation, the way technology increasingly keeps us apart, and how leaders of the future can shift their approach from managing workers to managing people.

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

You probably won’t make it to the top

That’s a game worth winning: The one played with yourself for your own betterment. Not the one played against others, measured against them. Screw that game.

Thursday, Nov 29, 2018

Managing disagreements: How to handle diverging points-of-view with your boss

How do you disagree productively with your boss, or another senior leader on the team?

Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

Working Like Crazy May Actually Be, Well, Crazy

Do you occasionally—or constantly—complain about how much you’re working? Of course you do. Complaining about too much work is basically a national pastime.

Monday, Nov 5, 2018

A decade of data reveals that heavy multitaskers have reduced memory, Stanford psychologist says

That said, multitasking isn’t efficient. We know there are costs of task switching. So that might be an argument to do less media multitasking – at least when working on a project that matters academically or professionally.

Thursday, Nov 1, 2018

Keep to yourself! Don’t offer co-workers help unless asked

If you thought that proactively offering help to your co-workers was a good thing, think again. New workplace research from Michigan State University found that when it comes to offering your expertise, it’s better to keep to yourself or wait until you’re asked.

Wednesday, Oct 31, 2018

Why open office design makes you less productive

The loud talker three desks down; constant taps on the shoulder; the guy who incessantly clicks his pen; the girl who eats a tuna sandwich al desko every afternoon. Many find themselves more prone to distraction in open office layouts.

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018

No More “Struggle Porn”

I call this “struggle porn”: a masochistic obsession with pushing yourself harder, listening to people tell you to work harder, and broadcasting how hard you’re working. Struggle porn has normalized sustained failure. It’s made it acceptable to fly to Bali and burn through your life savings trying to launch an Amazon dropshipping business. Made it reasonable to keep living on your parents money for years after graduation while you try to become #instafamous.

I Know the Salaries of Thousands of Tech Employees

Often, when people talk about compensation—what to accept, what to reject, how to negotiate—the advice is “know your worth.” But how? Compensation is locked in a black box for most employees, while the people on the highest rungs of the ladder hold all the information.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2018

The Average User Checks Email 5.6 Hours Per Weekday. This Is Not Good.

Combined: the average daily time spent checking email is now 5.6 hours — up almost a half hour since 2017.

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018

Working for a Company vs. Working for Yourself

Thinking about working for yourself? Do it! But read this first

The Employer-Surveillance State

The more bosses try to keep track of their workers, the more precious time employees waste trying to evade them.

Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Your Work Is the Only Thing That Matters

There is a story about an exchange between Jerry Seinfeld and a young comedian. The comedian approaches Seinfeld in a club one night and asks him for advice about marketing and getting exposure. Exposure? Marketing? Seinfeld asks. Just work on your act.

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018

Cushy office perks are a trap

The office doesn’t need to be your bar or your gym or your go-to dinner spot, and not because cocktails or office gyms or catered dinners are inherently bad. It’s that work should be a means to an end. And in the end, we should go home.

Monday, Oct 1, 2018

Every Weekend Should Be a 3-Day Weekend

In one of their experiments, the researchers forced employees at a consulting firm in Boston to take a day off — totally off, no email check-ins allowed — in the middle of the workweek. After five months of this routine, the firm’s clients reported an improvement in service from the teams who took time off, as compared to the clients of the teams who worked their usual 50-plus hours per week.

Friday, Sep 28, 2018

Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against ‘total work’

When taken seriously, the Sabbath has the power to restructure not only the calendar but also the entire political economy. In place of an economy built upon the profit motive – the ever-present need for more, in fact the need for there to never be enough – the Sabbath puts forward an economy built upon the belief that there is enough.

Wednesday, Sep 26, 2018

Absolute Success is Luck. Relative Success is Hard Work.

So what it is? What determines success? Hard work or good fortune? Effort or randomness? I think we all understand both factors play a role, but I’d like to give you a better answer than “It depends.” Here are two ways I look at the issue.