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Thursday, Dec 12, 2019

Deloitte research reveals significant return on investment for workplace mental health programs

Median annual ROI more than double for every dollar spent by companies with programs in place for more than three years.

Wednesday, Dec 4, 2019

Job loss predictions over rising minimum wages haven't come true

Eighteen states rang in 2019 with minimum wage increases — some that will ultimately rise as high as $15 an hour — and so far, opponents’ dire predictions of job losses have not come true.

Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019

Pointless emails: they’re not just irritating – they have a massive carbon footprint

More than 64m unnecessary emails are sent in Britain every day. Along with clogging up our inboxes they are also damaging the environment.

How to Recruit More Women to Your Company

To explore this disconnect between the good intentions of leaders and true progress on closing the gender gap, LinkedIn undertook several studies around gender and work over the past year. The data has given us insights into recruiting strategies that can help leaders bring in more women today and set their companies up for success in attracting female candidates in the future.

Thursday, Nov 28, 2019

Pointless work meetings 'really a form of therapy'

Meetings at work should be seen as a form of “therapy” rather than about decision-making, say researchers.

Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019

Why office noise bothers some people more than others

No one likes an office whistler or pen clicker – but for some people, these noises aren’t just a nuisance, they’re a full-blown aural assault. Why?

Monday, Nov 25, 2019

U.S. Workers Show Little Improvement in 21st Century Skills

U.S. workers are failing to improve the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly global economy, according to a government agency report released Friday.

Thursday, Nov 14, 2019

The ethics of the 4 day work week. It’s not just about the hours

The ethically desirable goals of equality and the realisation of common goods require deeper social changes in the way work is done and what it is done for. Real progress lies in realising equality and common goods through work as much as gaining more time for non-work.

Tuesday, Nov 12, 2019

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please

Sick of round-the-clock work emails and Slack messages? Here’s some hope.

Thursday, Nov 7, 2019

Why Open Offices Aren’t Working — and How to Fix Them

Ethan Bernstein, associate professor at Harvard Business School, studied how coworkers interacted before and after their company moved to an open office plan. The research shows why open workspaces often fail to foster the collaboration they’re designed for. Workers get good at shutting others out and their interactions can even decline.

Wednesday, Oct 30, 2019

Do-It-Yourself Sabbaticals

Some companies will pay you to go away to keep you employed. People without that lucky perk are ginning up their own — by quitting.

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

Why We Should Play at Work

Modern society has largely devalued play in the adult world in favor of work, mostly because work is easier to measure for results and is easier to manage because of its inherent structure and hierarchy. And if something is harder to manage and measure, it’s harder to make money on. But play is a powerful catalyst — for discovery, for problem-solving, and for innovation.

Monday, Oct 28, 2019

10 ways to handle toxic people

To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t. The important thing to remember is that you are in control of far more than you realize.

Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Out of Office

Often, we don’t make progress because we’re stuck in the regular rut of commuting, working all day, and coming home exhausted. This is normal! You’re spending all you good creative energy during the day, and have nothing left after. But, what if we decided to go “out of office?”

Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

What a Compulsive Email Habit Does to Your Mind and Relationships

Many psychologists believe that workaholism is literally an addiction, with damaging effects on the workaholic as well as on their families and the culture in which they work.

Monday, Oct 21, 2019

Why Office Workers Can’t Sleep (and Why That’s Bad)

Ever since the discovery that light—and particularly blue light—can suppress melatonin and alter the timing of our circadian clocks, evidence has been building that exposure to even low levels of light in the evening and during the early part of the night may be affecting the quality of our sleep.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019

How to Succeed When You’re Marginalized or Discriminated Against at Work

“Hacking” your work only works if you’re a person who would be congratulated for your ingenuity. If you’re not, here’s what to try instead.

Monday, Oct 7, 2019

Do we have to love our work?

Passion or love doesn’t have to be part of the work/job equation. The value of work is that you get paid to do it, not that you’d do it even if you didn’t get paid. It even bothers a lot of other writers that my main reason for being a writer is that I get paid to write. Sure I like it, but I don’t like it more than my other hobbies.

Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019

The Correct Way to Email

It’s still the best way to communicate professionally, but only if you follow these guidelines.

Talent is everywhere, opportunity is not. We are all losing out because of this.

The world needs ideas and innovation to make progress against the many problems we face. Creative and talented people that can contribute to this important work are everywhere, but the opportunity to develop is limited to only a small number of well-off children. As a consequence of this, we all – the entire world population – are missing out on the creativity and innovations that would enrich our world and help us move forward.