Organisational Behaviour

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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 …

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

‘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’

Does the idea of being alone fill you with dread, or seem a luxury? Erica Buist speaks to five people whose lifestyles leave them in splendid isolation<p>What’s the difference between solitude and loneliness? We may confuse the two because we’ve been trained since we were young to think about them as …

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Pilita Clark: Corporate wellbeing is no substitute for good management

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

How to get rich quick in Silicon Valley | Corey Pein

<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

How to cope with trauma in working life | Financial Times

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 …

Buenos Aires

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 | Financial Times

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 …

Self-improvement

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 …

The Workplace

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 …

Feeling like an impostor? You can escape this confidence-sapping syndrome | Fiona Buckland

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 …

A field guide to jerks at work

Ten years ago, the typically ­sober and staid management book genre welcomed an off-color title to its shelves. Despite a name unable to be printed in a family newspaper, Stanford professor Robert Sutton’s “The No A--hole Rule” became a runaway bestseller, selling 800,000 copies and sparking …

Leadership

Can no one save us from the open-plan office? | Financial Times

This week I discovered three new things.<p>The battery life on the latest Apple MacBook Pro laptop is not bad. A British man on a stag do has swum …

Customer Service

Good News for Young Strivers: Networking Is Overrated

Not long ago, after interviewing a venture capitalist onstage, I announced to the audience that we would take questions but no pitches. The first person at the microphone asked the investor to fund his start-up. I cringed as the second person started to pitch, too. Our educational event had quickly …

White House aides can’t stop talking about President Trump like he’s a toddler [UPDATED]

[<b>UPDATE</b>: this post will be updated occasionally with additions to the Trump-as-toddler meme. Scroll to the bottom for the more recent additions.]<p>It started, as all 2017 stories about American politics started, with a garden-variety snarky tweet:<p>The point of the tweet was to push back on the …

A Place for Inside-the-Box Thinking

For 39 years, Clark Kent has had a serious problem. He could not just duck into a telephone booth, rip off the suit and tie and dash off to do the Superman thing.<p>This has been clear since the movie “Superman” was released in 1978. Clark Kent, played by Christopher Reeve, had trouble finding a …

Experience counts for little in tech’s young dream

How to Build Resilience in Midlife

Much of the scientific research on resilience — our ability to bounce back from adversity — has focused on how to build resilience in children. But what about the grown-ups?<p>While resilience is an essential skill for healthy childhood development, science shows that adults also can take steps to …

How I’ve Learned To Lead As An Introverted CEO

“I’m generally slow to speak or act,” BuildDirect CEO Jeff Booth confesses. Here’s how he’s turned that into an advantage.<p>Most people who know me would be surprised to learn I’m an introvert, and if you’re an introvert also, chances are some people would be surprised to learn it, too.<p>It’s well …

Leadership

Subscriber Only: I’ve broken my own three rules about leaving a company

Lucy Kellaway: I knew it was time to go once I realised I was no longer frightened<p>Mon, Jul 24, 2017, 06:00<p>What is the most decorous way to leave a …

Love your staff and treat them well

Former Danish army colonel Kim Kristensen outlines key principles to good leadership<p>Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 06:30<p>Business has always been full of …

Same-sex Marriage

New Apple HQ a hymn to grown-up office values

No infantilised decor, no nerd caves: Steve Jobs left a monument to workspace maturity<p>Mon, Jul 3, 2017, 06:45<p>“Apple Park is Steve Jobs’s last, …

Flip-flop finance? Dublin’s Citi bankers to dress down for summer

Customers are unlikely to encounter bankers in Bermuda shorts, however<p>Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 14:27 Updated: Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 14:28<p>The Irish branch of …

Clothing

Obedience to authority: most of us would follow orders to do terrible things

Alarming findings by Prof Stanley Milgram of Yale University have since been confirmed in many studies<p>Fri, Jun 30, 2017, 10:54<p>In 1961, Stanley …

Study: Voters facing economic uncertainty prefer a dominant leader

On Leadership<p>(Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)<p>Since the election, analysis after analysis has examined how an inexperienced politician whose divisive …

National Academy of Sciences

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.

Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.<p>Mr. Kalanick’s exit came under pressure after hours of …

Silicon Valley

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women

For women in business and beyond, it was an I-told-you-so day.<p>The twin spectacles Tuesday — an Uber board member’s wisecrack about women talking too much, and Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues — triggered an …

School Administration

How malignant narcissist bosses destroy companies

The psychology of what makes a good company – and why this is often derailed<p>Fri, Jun 2, 2017, 00:00<p>If you’ve always thought your boss was at best a …

Leadership