What happened when a man and woman switched names at work

Over on the other blog I run I’ve been sharing a lot of posts about gender, so this from the Independent caught my eye: Men and women work side by side, often tackling the same business issues, sitting through the same meetings and walking the same hallways but the common ground might just end there. Martin [Read More…]

Millennial Women Are Burning Out

So says an article in Fast Company: Two years ago, Michelle* was a thriving real estate mogul in Seattle, and cofounder of her own business. Her company sponsored elite events from Vancouver, B.C., to Los Angeles and contributed to many philanthropies. But at the age of 28, she did what many other successful millennial women [Read More…]

Robots Aren’t Killing the American Dream

This recent New York Times article challenged some things I’ve been assuming: Blaming robots, though, while not as dangerous as protectionism and xenophobia, is also a distraction from real problems and real solutions. The rise of modern robots is the latest chapter in a centuries-old story of technology replacing people. Automation is the hero of the story [Read More…]

Retail workers are people too

A while ago, I made a commitment to always greet and thank retail workers in whatever situation I encountered them (Starbucks, Walmart, or the corner doughnut shop. Actually, I don’t live near a corner doughnut shop anymore….more’s the pity.) I have renewed this commitment after I read this penetrating and depressing article about what it’s [Read More…]

Do long hours make you less productive?

CNBC reported a bit ago that working more than 50 hours a week may not be doing you, or your employer, any favors: Nearly half of U.S. workers say they routinely put in more than 50 hours on the job each week, often without overtime pay. But employers should probably start politely declining the “free” [Read More…]