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…]

Why Women Quit Working

Lots to ponder here about the role of caregiving in our society as well as the need for flexible working arrangements to help women fulfill all the vocations they are called to. [Read more…]

Why You Need to Stop Doing Your Work in Bed

By Timothy Askew; reprinted from Inc. with the kind permission of Timothy Askew. There was an interesting article by Sue Shellenbarger in The Wall Street Journal last year about the increasing amount of work being performed in bed. It has a lot to say about several things, including the increasingly international nature of even small [Read More…]