Seeking a Return to Offices, Bosses Lost Leverage

Employer plans have played out like a game of chicken. Now workers are rebelling outright, and executives are trying everything to make the office worth it.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #relocation-of-business, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Britain Tests a 4-Day Workweek

A six-month program involving thousands of workers across 70 companies in Britain will be the latest effort to assess the effects of a shorter workweek.

#boston-college, #cambridge-university, #great-britain, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #oxford-university, #productivity, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Silicon Valley’s Worship of Work Hurts All of Us

Work has become religion for many knowledge workers. It hurts all of us.

#careers-and-professions, #labor-and-jobs, #places-of-worship, #religion-and-belief, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

What Your Younger Employees Are Really Thinking

Twelve millennials talked to Times Opinion about the Great Resignation, return to office and the workplace in America today.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #greeting-gestures, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

You Can Still Wear Masks in Meetings

Your boss may balk, but you should be able to keep your family healthy — and keep this customer happy.

#business-travel, #careers-and-professions, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #gifts, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

Wall Street Banks Are Getting Flexible on Working From Home

Many big banks are offering flexible working arrangements — sometimes grudgingly — as they chase talent that would rather stay home.

#bank-of-new-york-mellon-corporation, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #citigroup-inc, #goldman-sachs-group-inc, #hsbc-holdings-plc, #naratil-thomas-c-1961, #telecommuting, #ubs-ag, #work-life-balance

The Kids Are Right About Email, Too

It is now just a way to be at the beck and call of anyone, and any robot, with an internet connection.

#e-mail, #generation-z, #millennial-generation, #work-life-balance

Why Hundreds of New York City Prosecutors Are Leaving Their Jobs

New burdens, low pay and pandemic malaise prompted the resignations of a fifth of the legal work force in Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn.

#bragg-alvin, #bronx-nyc, #brooklyn-nyc, #clark-darcel-d, #crime-and-criminals, #district-attorneys, #hochul-kathleen-c, #legal-aid-society, #legal-profession, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #staten-island-nyc, #work-life-balance

There Is No Upside to an 8 A.M. Meeting

The Early Bird in your office may do as he pleases, but he should not demand that you join him.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

Being on Leave Means Not Sending That 2 a.m. Email

What to do about a boss with enough self-awareness to want to avoid micromanaging but not enough to actually do it.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

After Two Years of Remote Work, Workers Question Office Life

The office was never one size fits all. It was one size fits some, with the expectation that everybody else would squeeze in.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Another Working Mom May Join the Supreme Court

Republicans celebrated Amy Coney Barrett’s role at home. Democrats should do the same for Ketanji Brown Jackson.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #black-people, #conservatism-us-politics, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #parenting, #supreme-court-us, #work-life-balance

Remote Work Doesn’t Have to Be the ‘Mommy Track’

Despite the hand-wringing of some commentary.

#coronavirus-return-to-office, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance

Your Self-Worth Is Not in Your Inbox

A nonresponse to email may be rude, but it is not the end of the world.

#careers-and-professions, #content-type-service, #e-mail, #febos-melissa, #labor-and-jobs, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

Babies Have Entered the Chat

Up close and personal with work-from-home parents — and their unruly new colleagues.

#babies-and-infants, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #futureofwork2022, #labor-and-jobs, #parenting, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #zoom-video-communications

Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Out of the Office

In this case, keep your long-simmering resentment to yourself.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

How a Casual Workplace Can Hurt Workers

The pandemic has eroded many of the formalities of white-collar work — changes that may benefit employers more than their employees.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

These Mothers Were Exhausted, So They Met on a Field to Scream

The pandemic has been relentless for mothers, many of whom have been stuck in an endless cycle of work and child care. Some Massachusetts mothers gathered to do something about it.

#anxiety-and-stress, #boston-mass, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance

What Makes Quitting So Contagious?

Why leaving a job can start to seem like the thing everyone is doing.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #work-life-balance

A Guide to Quitting Your Job

From understanding why you want to leave to tackling health insurance and retirement plans, here’s your guide to a graceful exit — without leaving money on the table.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #individual-retirement-accounts, #labor-and-jobs, #personal-finances, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement, #savings, #work-life-balance

When You’re Stuck in the Middle of a Workplace Battle

What do you do when your company’s leadership has essentially abdicated any culture-creating or policy-setting role to you?

#careers-and-professions, #content-type-service, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-selfcare

How Parents With Young Children Are Coping With Work-Life Imbalance

Facing an uncontrolled surge of virus cases, parents of children under 5 are again forced to wrestle with child care crises as the rest of the world appears eager to move on.

#anxiety-and-stress, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #work-life-balance

What It Was Like on the Elizabeth Holmes Jury for 18 Weeks

Away from the media frenzy, jurors dealt with the trial’s disruption to their lives and had little idea of the case’s implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #jury-system, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital, #work-life-balance

Architects Are the Latest White-Collar Workers Drawn to Unions

Saying they are overworked and underpaid, architects at a prominent New York firm want to unionize. Others could follow.

#american-institute-of-architects, #architecture, #international-assn-of-machinists, #labor-and-jobs, #manhattan-nyc, #organized-labor, #overtime, #paid-time-off, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shop-architects, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Work Advice on Avoiding Early Meetings and Bad Bosses

Plus, books by bell hooks and James Baldwin can be just the leadership read a bad boss needs.

#careers-and-professions, #content-type-service, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

No Paid Family Leave? That Hurts Dads, Too.

Until everyone has it, paid parental leave will be seen as nonessential.

#adoptions, #family-leaves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #parenting, #work-life-balance

Is the Four-Day Workweek Finally Within Our Grasp?

After embracing flexible work styles during the pandemic, some companies are now embracing a shorter week.

#labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance, #working-hours, #workplace-environment

Remote Work Is Failing Gen Z Employees

Unless carefully designed, pandemic office culture risks hurting the least experienced workers in our organizations.

#careers-and-professions, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

It Really Would Help if People Learned to Email

You should never find out that you were someone’s second choice.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

What Bosses Really Think About the Future of the Office

C.E.O.s are eager for employees to return — and afraid of alienating those who have grown accustomed to working from home.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #executives-and-management-theory, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

What to Expect at Work When You’re Expecting

Legal protections against pregnancy discrimination are one thing. Actual feelings of security are another.

#careers-and-professions, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

A Dose of Optimism About Mothers at Work

The economist Claudia Goldin has hope for the future.

#discrimination, #family-leaves, #internal-sub-only-nl, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

What if It Never Gets Easier to Be a Working Parent?

The shock of the pandemic threw care taking arrangements into disarray. Many families find themselves back in the same precarious arrangement they had before, with the burden still on mothers.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #shutdowns-institutional, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Why Is Everyone Else Quitting?

Sometimes, as in a collective bargaining situation, you do have to think about other people at work. Other times, it’s better to focus on what you really want.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

Is This the Cure for the Loneliness of American Motherhood?

American moms are isolated, overworked and undersupported. The solution may be living together, separately.

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #cohousing-communities, #communes, #copenhagen-denmark, #design, #families-and-family-life, #loneliness, #parenting, #shakers, #silver-spring-md, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance

Return to Office Makes a Big Difference for Budding Lawyers

The generational divide on returning to the office is not neatly drawn. For some young professionals, even in a pandemic, showing up is more than half the battle.

#careers-and-professions, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dickinson-wright, #legal-profession, #millennial-generation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

The Economic Rebound Is Still Waiting for Workers

Despite school reopenings and the end of some federal aid, many people are in no rush to land a job. Savings and health concerns are playing a role.

#careers-and-professions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #labor-and-jobs, #savings, #shortages, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Working From Home Moves Into the Garden

With the work-at-home lifestyle likely here to stay, people are taking things outdoors, creating spaces meant for privacy and comfort.

#architecture, #bromley-england, #businesstransformation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #london-england, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-commercial, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Hollywood’s Behind-the-Scenes Workers Reach Deal, Averting Strike

The tentative agreement came hours before a strike deadline and avoids a production shutdown at TV and movie studios already scrambling to make up for time lost in the pandemic.

#alliance-of-motion-picture-and-television-producers, #international-alliance-of-theatrical-stage-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #organized-labor, #production, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Hollywood’s Behind-the-Scenes Workers Reach Deal on New Contract

The tentative deal averts a strike set for Monday and a production shutdown at television and movie studios already scrambling to make up for time lost in the pandemic.

#alliance-of-motion-picture-and-television-producers, #international-alliance-of-theatrical-stage-employees, #labor-and-jobs, #los-angeles-calif, #movies, #organized-labor, #production, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #strikes, #wages-and-salaries, #work-life-balance

Pete Buttigieg Joins the Parental Leave Debate: ‘This Is Work.’

“It’s one thing to believe something as a matter of policy,” Mr. Buttigieg said about taking paid time off. “It’s another to live it and see how much of a difference it could make.”

#buttigieg-chasten, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #family-leaves, #parenting, #united-states-politics-and-government, #work-life-balance

You Are Not Where You Work

Especially if you have good reason to stay employed by — and be concerned about — a global online retailer.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

The Road Back: ‘How Am I Ever Going to Dance Again?’

We talked to three New York City Ballet dancers — Megan Fairchild, Jovani Furlan and India Bradley — in the months leading up to their return to the stage.

#bradley-india, #brazil, #content-type-personal-profile, #dancing, #fairchild-megan, #furlan-jovani, #new-york-city-ballet, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance

Want to Change the World? First, Be Still.

Advocacy for the oppressed requires action — but also silence and contemplation.

#christians-and-christianity, #internal-sub-only, #jacobs-alan-1958, #jesus-christ, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #work-life-balance

Productivity Tips: Forget About Being Productive.

People and industries measure how productive they are in similar ways. This extended period of remote work for many has revealed how flawed that can be.

#labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Want a Can’t Miss Productivity Tip? Forget About Being Productive.

People and industries measure how productive they are in similar ways. This extended period of remote work for many has revealed how flawed that can be.

#labor-and-jobs, #productivity, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #working-hours

Faith vs. a Full Week of Work

You shouldn’t have to forgo religious observance to do your job.

#careers-and-professions, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment, #your-feed-selfcare

Restaurants Increase Wages and Offer Signing Bonuses

As they struggle to recruit workers, many owners are raising pay. But some are trying to go deeper, to make their business fairer and more humane.

#dirt-candy-manhattan-ny-restaurant, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #tips-and-tipping, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries, #waiters-and-waitresses, #work-life-balance

De Blasio’s Return-to-Work Mandate for City Employees Is a Mistake

The mayor’s rushed, illogical return-to-office mandate for city employees is a big mistake.

#city-planning-department-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Moving to the Theater District and Finding His Community

A musical theater educator and audition coach discovers how great it can be to live across the street from “Wicked.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #gershwin-theater, #midtown-area-manhattan-ny, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #theater, #work-life-balance