Work

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The Office Is Dead

From startups and tech giants to more old-school Wall Street firms, businesses are rethinking the role of office space and whether they even need it.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

The Pandemic May Mean the End of the Open-Floor Office

As businesses contemplate the return of workers to their desks, many are considering large and small changes to the modern workplace culture and trappings.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Notion encourages busy-work and I’m tired of it

This post contains my observations on Notion, the no-code champion that’s eating up the productivity tool space.

Monday, May 4, 2020

Why Zoom Is Terrible

There’s a reason video apps make you feel awkward and unfulfilled.

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2020

Conference Tools Weren't Designed to Be Social Networks

Does Zoom actually have the right tools to let people communicate in these new ways? Does any video conferencing tool have that?

Monday, Apr 27, 2020

The reason Zoom calls drain your energy

Video chat is helping us stay employed and connected. But what makes it so tiring - and how can we reduce ‘Zoom fatigue’?

Wednesday, Apr 22, 2020

Companies Don’t Need to Lay People Off to Survive

How one CEO saved his 12,000-person company without a single layoff.

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2020

Companies Are Firing the Wrong People

The wave of layoffs is a slow-rolling catastrophe, warn MIT professors Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee.

Friday, Mar 27, 2020

Why hard work and specialising early is not a recipe for success

Which is better: a generalist or a specialist? Conventional wisdom says the earlier you specialise, the greater your chances of success. But people who take their time and broaden their horizons make smarter career choices. In fact, they tend to be better at their work than specialists.

Friday, Mar 20, 2020

Why Walking Meetings Actually Work

J. K. Rowling said, “There’s nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” Charles Dickens worked in intense five-hour blocks before his daily 10- to 12-mile constitutional. “I could not keep my health otherwise,” he insisted. But perhaps the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard put it best: “I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”

Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020

The boss who put everyone on 70K

In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff - and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off.

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2020

Enjoy The Extra Day Off! More Bosses Give 4-Day Workweek A Try

Companies around the world are embracing what might seem like a radical idea: a four-day workweek. The concept is gaining ground in places as varied as New Zealand and Russia, and it’s making inroads among some American companies. Employers are seeing surprising benefits, including higher sales and profits.

Monday, Mar 2, 2020

Why do corporations speak the way they do?

One thing I did not miss about office life was the language. The language warped and mutated at a dizzying rate, so it was no surprise that a new term of art had emerged during the year I spent between jobs.

Thursday, Feb 27, 2020

Why Do Incompetent Managers Get Promoted?

Dr. Peter found that “an employee is promoted based on their success in previous jobs, until they reach a level at which they are no longer competent, as skills in one job do not necessarily translate to another.”

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

Corporate Buzzwords Are How Workers Pretend to Be Adults

If there’s anything corporate America has a knack for, it’s inventing new, positive words that polish up old, negative ones. Silicon Valley has recast the chaotic-sounding “break things” and “disruption” as good things.

Monday, Feb 17, 2020

You Aren’t Communicating Nearly Enough

If you are a new employee, in a new role, or on a new team, overcommunicate and make it easy for your manager and teammates to have visibility into what you are doing and what decisions you are making. You’ll be rewarded with better feedback earlier, and get on a much faster path to being trusted and highly valued.

Research: Gender Pay Gaps Shrink When Companies Are Required to Disclose Them

We have just conducted the first empirical study on the impact of mandatory wage transparency. That study’s results suggest that disclosing disparities in gender pay does in fact narrow the gender wage gap.

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020

How to Double Your 9–5 Salary in 12 Months

Strategies for staying at your current company or moving on that avoid the typical advice offered by popular career websites.

Monday, Feb 10, 2020

How the Japanese are putting an end to extreme work weeks

Employees in the country whose brutal office culture has led to several deaths are beginning to rethink the tradition.

Friday, Jan 31, 2020

People no longer believe working hard will lead to a better life, survey shows

The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer - now in its 20th year - has found many people no longer believe working hard will give them a better life. Despite strong economic performance, a majority of respondents in every developed market do not believe they will be better off in five years’ time.

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