The Office

How to use your office’s chatroom without going insane

6 months ago admin2 Comments Off on How to use your office’s chatroom without going insane
In many workplaces, communication between individuals and teams happens through a constantly running chat tool. These tools offer exciting possibilities for real-time communication, but for many first adopters can feel something akin to an all-day meeting with no agenda, no outcomes, and required attendance. Who wants that? It’s hard to blame folks for the FOMO they Read More

Vox Media, stung by sexual-harassment scandal, is canceling the open bar at its holiday party

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Vox Media, stung by sexual-harassment scandal, is canceling the open bar at its holiday party
Today’s sexual harassment-dominated news cycle is particularly resonant at Vox Media, which fired its editorial director, Lockhart Steele, in October for allegedly harassing a female employee. After the firing, Vox CEO Jim Bankoff announced a number of initiatives to improve Vox’s company culture, including, as Huffington Post reports, “tighter policies around alcoholic beverages at company Read More

Awkward eye-contact in my therapist’s waiting room made me a better co-worker

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Awkward eye-contact in my therapist’s waiting room made me a better co-worker
The therapy waiting room is one of my favorite places. True, it can be awkward to sit in a holding pen for people who have issues (though that’s essentially every room ever). If you’re lucky, the waiting area at your therapist’s office is filled with plants, cloth-covered Ikea lamps, and zen bird sounds. If you’re Read More

Signs that you are working with a serial sexual harasser

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Signs that you are working with a serial sexual harasser
I know, I know, you didn’t know. The allegations are shocking and upsetting. You’ve known him for years as a colleague and a friend, and you never imagined he was capable of sexual harassment. Next time, it might be helpful to keep an eye out for some of the early warning signs that the genius/talent/boss Read More

Matt Lauer allegedly locked women in his office with a secret button under his desk

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Matt Lauer allegedly locked women in his office with a secret button under his desk
Just hours after NBC News fired Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,” Variety published a bombshell report, detailing the allegations of multiple women who had worked with the now-former Today show co-anchor. The report, the result of a two-month investigation including dozens of interviews with current and former NBC News staffers, claims Read More

“Curb Your Enthusiasm” hilariously nails the power of the boss’s desk

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” hilariously nails the power of the boss’s desk
Power is played out through all kind of forces in the office, seen and unseen. Through job titles, strategic clique-ing, and the way people use time (making people wait for a meeting or email response, for instance), we signal who holds influence. Even during business and company lunches, what and how much we eat are Read More

Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, and the dangers of organizations that orbit around one powerful man

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein, and the dangers of organizations that orbit around one powerful man
Examine the list of high-profile men in media and entertainment accused of sexual harassment or worse, and you’ll find many of them sit at the center of organizations built around their own talents. In some cases, they were the stars of shows bearing their names: Bill Cosby, Bill O’Reilly, Louis C.K., Charlie Rose. Others, like Read More

Your boss might be better as an algorithm

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Your boss might be better as an algorithm
As the Alexas and Siris of the world proliferate, it’s only a matter of time before we all have personal AI assistants to tend to our every whim. But as AI gets smarter, our roles will reverse, and we will inevitably start working for AI instead of it working for us. This may sound like Read More

With her thinly veiled rage, SNL’s “Claire from HR” is the hero we need now

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on With her thinly veiled rage, SNL’s “Claire from HR” is the hero we need now
Sexual harassment training has a mixed track record for effectiveness, but the writers at Saturday Night Live have developed a version with bite. On Saturday (November 11), the show debuted a new character, “Claire from HR,” on the Weekend Update faux-news segment. Played brilliantly by Cecily Strong, Claire from HR joined co-anchor Colin Jost to Read More

Whether you can work well from home depends on these three things

9 months ago admin2 Comments Off on Whether you can work well from home depends on these three things
Companies typically view workplace in terms of cost: “Cramming more people into smaller desks (or providing them with no assigned desks at all) is cheaper, so we should do more of that.” Most people, on the other hand, view where they work as a matter of convenience or comfort: “I can work just as well Read More