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Thursday, Jul 4, 2019

The Silent Meeting Manifesto v1: Making meeting suck a little less

Meetings suck. It’s a universally accepted truth. I’m here to tell you that they don’t have to. I’m writing with the fervor of a missionary to stop terrible meetings. After discovering Silent Meetings I am converted.

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2019

One day of paid work a week is all we need to get mental health benefits of employment

“We know unemployment is often detrimental to people’s wellbeing, negatively affecting identity, status, time use, and sense of collective purpose. We now have some idea of just how much paid work is needed to get the psychosocial benefits of employment – and it’s not that much at all.”

Monday, Jun 24, 2019

How to Email a Busy Person & Get a Reply

If you want to email a busy person and get a response, you’d better write a good email. And after sending and receiving thousands of emails over the years, I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t.

Thursday, Jun 20, 2019

Burnout is Now an Official Medical Condition

Burnout is real, and it now has its own distinction with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a legitimate medical syndrome.

Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019

The Freedom Ladder

Have you ever seen a painter use a scaffold? It’s a ladder you construct to get from ground level up to the elevation you want to be. Getting freedom from your job is similar. You figure out how to build a scaffold, and get yourself closer and closer to your goal.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Love Your Job? Someone May be Taking Advantage of You

If someone is passionate about what they do, we see it as more legitimate to exploit them, according to new research from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

How to Outlaw the Office Bully

New legislation seeks to clearly define workplace bullying — and offer employees a chance to fight back.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Almost half of American workers have cried at work

48% have cried at work. While women are more inclined to break down in tears over stress, 36% of men also acknowledged crying on the job.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Is Conference Room Air Making You Dumber?

A small body of evidence suggests that when it comes to decision making, indoor air may matter more than we have realized.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Where the Good Jobs Are

For people without a college degree, finding work that offers decent pay can be a challenge. The solution may require a change in scenery.

People Who Claim to Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours

Virtually anyone you know who claims to be working more than 60 hours a week is not telling the truth.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

The five types of communication problems that destroy company morale

In organizations, it often seems like all problems are eventually communication problems, because communication is the way we interface with each other—and the way most problems surface. There are a lot of reasons why communication within a company can break down. Here are some of the most common.

Friday, Apr 26, 2019

Why companies are still reluctant to introduce the four-day workweek

There’s plenty of evidence on the benefits of a four-day workweek. But many companies are still hesitant to make the shift.

Thursday, Apr 25, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Online

Writing online is the fastest way to accelerate your career. It’s the best way to learn faster, build your resume, and find peers and collaborators who can create job and business opportunities for you. Content builds on itself. It multiplies and compounds.

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

It took a century to create the weekend—and only a decade to undo it

But the week is man-made, arbitrary, a substance not found in nature. That seven-day cycle in which we mark our meetings, mind birthdays, and overstuff our iCals—buffered on both ends by those promise-filled 48 hours of freedom—only holds us in place because we invented it.

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

Ikea Just Killed the Open-Plan Office

Can we have the best of both worlds? Ikea says yes–and backs it up with a working prototype.

Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019

How do I ask for a raise?

I’m a shy person regarding this question, I have a friend that his method is “I have another offer, can you matched? or I’ll leave” and got a raise 3⁄4 times.

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

How to Quit Your Job in 837 Easy Steps

I found myself Googling whether to leave my job — while leading PR at Google.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

See How Your Salary Compares

Over 1,000 companies, including Amazon, JPMorgan and Walmart, have disclosed how they compensate workers. Find out where your pay stands.

Monday, Mar 4, 2019

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.