Annette Clancy

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Employers are monitoring computers, toilet breaks – even emotions. Is your boss watching you?

From microchip implants to wristband trackers and sensors that can detect fatigue and depression, new technology is enabling employers to watch staff in more and more intrusive ways. How worried should we be?<p>Last year an American company microchipped dozens of its workers. In a “chip party” that …

Great Britain

Want to be a good boss? Then don’t ‘manswer’

A 10-year-old knows if someone asks you a question, it is polite to respond to them

The value of parks — and why not everything should have a price

The warm bank-holiday weather took us to the park to enjoy the sunshine, meet friends and, of course, use the £2.52 of monthly value which, according …

Should a museum dump its Warhols to buy up work by artists of colour?

Ship of Fools is the first painting by a known black artist to be bought by Royal Museums Greenwich<p>The sale of seven works by some of America’s best-known 20th-century artists has pushed a Baltimore art museum to the forefront of an international debate as to how the great publicly owned …

Museums

‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job

A bullshit job is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee can't justify its existence<p>In countries such as Brazil, some buildings still have elevator operators whose entire job is to push the button for you<p>I had one responsibility: watching an inbox of forms asking …

Employment

How to be alone: ‘I feel most alive when I'm with my own thoughts’

Occasionally, friends or family will visit me, but unfortunately, after that climb, they don’t often come back<p>Being alone in your flat with nothing to do is more isolating than being in the Antarctic with nobody around for miles<p>After just two weeks with my family I start to miss my birds and the …

National Parks

Pilita Clark: Corporate wellbeing is no substitute for good management

Mantras and meditation do not remove the stress of long hours and lay-offs

‘Sully’ was just a hero. Why label the Southwest captain a ‘female pilot’?

A feeling of pride swept through the small community of female pilots Wednesday as word spread that the captain who had safely landed Southwest Airlines Flight 1380 after an engine blew out in midair the day before was a woman. But disappointment tempered that sentiment: Virtually all news coverage …

Aviation

<b>Corey Pein</b> took his half-baked startup idea to America’s hottest billionaire factory – and found a wasteland of techie hustlers and con men<p><b>T</b>he most desirable career of the 21st century, with numerous advantages over other fast-growing occupations such as hospice carer and rickshaw driver, is being …

Silicon Valley

When Should Cultural Institutions Say No to Tainted Funding?

On Monday afternoon, Jerry Saltz, the longtime art critic at New York Magazine, went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has gone nearly once a week for three decades. After two hours of taking in “Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas,” he left and headed toward the …

Rite Aid

Viola player claiming hearing damaged takes landmark case

'Museums should be accessible': the backlash to the Met's new pricing policy

When the Metropolitan Museum of Art introduced their pay-what-you-wish policy in 1970, Richard Nixon was president, Elvis Presley was alive and New York City saw its very first gay pride march.<p>It was a different era and now, the Met is attempting to update its admission policy by introducing a …

Museums

How to cope with trauma in working life

When Julio Harari’s son was suffering from cancer and became upset about his hair falling out after chemotherapy, the banker from Buenos Aires shaved …

Sexual misconduct controversy hits the New York Met Opera

‘Conversations I’ve had with victims over the years suggests that Ireland is no different in relation to these issues’<p>Wed, Dec 6, 2017, 05:00<p>One of …

Acting Studios Are Struggling. Does It Matter?

In the late 1950s, Robert Duvall was studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse, sharing a Manhattan apartment with Dustin Hoffman and going to parties at Gene Hackman’s place.<p>The three friends would all go on to win Academy Awards, helping to establish the classic blueprint for pursuing an …

Petting zoos at the office are the latest perk for stressed-out employees

Chris Delaney typically unwinds from his job at Discovery Communications by taking leisurely weekend drives or flipping through stacks of vinyl at used record stores. But on a recent midweek afternoon, the broadcast ingest operator was releasing his stress — right there at work — by stroking a …

MBA students: it is OK to be human

The world is awash with the idea of self-improvement. Be more mindful, we are told. Meditate, set yourself goals, take regular exercise, eat clean …

A light touch and generous manner from the staff can turn an evening from good to great, affecting the way you feel about the show – and about returning to the venue<p>When Scotland’s Grid Iron theatre performed in Beirut, the audience were appalled to discover that they were expected to turn off …

Customer Service

US employers are officially barred from requiring service workers to be happy on the job

Some service workers can be unpleasant to deal with, but employers can’t demand that they perk up. US labor laws protect workers’ right to be grumpy on the job.<p>The National Labor Review Board has ruled that employers cannot force employees to always be cheerful, as much as they might want …

Is Donald Trump Actually a Narcissist? Therapists Weigh In!

As his presidential campaign trundles forward, millions of sane Americans are wondering: What exactly is wrong with this strange individual? Now, we have an answer.<p>For mental-health professionals, <b>Donald Trump</b> is at once easily diagnosed but slightly confounding. “Remarkably narcissistic,” said …

The Psychopathology of Donald Trump

[This column was originally published by Truthdig.]<p>Does Donald Trump only say crazy things, or does he say crazy things because he actually is crazy? In a speech delivered on the third day of the Democratic National Convention, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg openly questioned the GOP …

Tech’s Troubling New Trend: Diversity Is in Your Head

OAKLAND, Calif. — Discussing her work at Apple at an event last week about fighting racial injustice, Denise Young Smith, the company’s vice president of diversity and inclusion, said, “There can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blond men in a room and they’re going to be diverse, too, because they’re going …

Is the artist behind ‘Pay Trump bribes here’ a protest messenger for our times?

David Montgomery writes general features, profiles and arts stories for the Sunday Magazine and Style, including pieces on the Latino community and Latino arts. He joined The Washington Post in 1993 and has covered Prince George’s County, Maryland politics and life in the District.<p>The story must be …

Latin America

At Queens Museum, the Director Is as Political as the Art

Last month, as reports circulated that President Trump intended to end the policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which shields young undocumented immigrants from deportation, Laura Raicovich, the president and executive director of the Queens Museum, took to Twitter.<p>“Defending DACA is just …

Culture Shock: Never mind the cult of youth – let’s hear it for the auld ones

Are you washed up creatively at 40? Doomed to average ordinariness in all things?<p>Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 05:00<p>One of the things I remember most clearly …

Louvre Pulls Sculpture, Saying It Was Sexually Explicit

The Louvre has withdrawn a large installation by a Dutch art and design collective for being sexually explicit — right on the heels of the Guggenheim’s decision to pull three controversial artworks from its upcoming China show.<p>The piece — “Domestikator” by the collective Atelier Van Lieshout, whose …

Guggenheim Museum pulls three artworks featuring animals after threats of violence

New York’s Guggenheim Museum will remove three art pieces from an upcoming show featuring Chinese conceptual artists, amid accusations of animal cruelty and repeated threats of violence.<p>The museum will not exhibit three pieces during Art and China after 1989: Theatre of the World – two videos …

Museums

The New York museum should be standing up for boldness and artistic expression, not withdrawing artworks at the first sign of online hysteria<p>Perhaps it is because we are so comfortable in the west, so blase about the culture we live in and intellectually fattened by the freedoms that we enjoy, that …

Museums

Trouble at the Tate

It’s too big, obsessed with identity politics and run by cultural relativists.

Even the highest achievers, such as Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou, suffer from this corrosive form of low self-esteem. But there are coping strategies<p>The philosopher Bertrand Russell wrote: “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and …

Albert Einstein