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Building Work Relationships While Staying Professional
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Building Work Relationships While Staying Professional

Workplace besties: How to build relationships at work while staying professional. Having meaningful connections in the workplace is essential for personal and organizational success. Most of us form these bonds naturally, as we spend a significant amount of our lifetimes at work. After leaving college, many people in their 20s move to new cities for career opportunities, where they face the task of creating a brand new social circle from scratch. The workplace becomes an ideal place for people to connect. Activities like grabbing drinks after work, playing team sports or just sharing meals serve as opportunities to form connections with co-workers. These interactions not only help combat feelings of isolation, but also add a sense of camaraderie and support to the daily work routine...
Battling Workplace Boredom
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Battling Workplace Boredom

How to battle boredom at work. Though neuroscience suggests that boredom can be good for us, we all try to avoid it. Even the most exciting jobs in the world — astronaut, nuclear engineer, helicopter pilot, virus hunter — can be filled with drudgery at times. Nobody is immune from paperwork and meetings. The problem with boredom at work is that its negative effects can linger. You might be able to power through a mind-numbing task, like putting stamps on 500 envelopes, but in doing so you harm your ability to accomplish subsequent tasks. Suppressing boredom doesn’t prevent its effects; it simply places them on hold until later. Like whack-a-mole, downplaying boredom on one task results in attention and productivity deficits that will bubble up again. In new peer-reviewed research, ...
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The Inside Scoop On Office Gossip
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The Inside Scoop On Office Gossip

Office gossip isn’t just idle chatter. It’s a valuable – but risky – way to build relationships. Gossip flows through the offices and lunchrooms of our workplaces, seemingly filling idle time. But perhaps, through these ubiquitous and intriguing conversations, we are influencing our workplace relationships more than we realise. Is gossiping a route to friendship or a surefire way to make workplace enemies? It turns out the answer hinges on how the recipient of the gossip perceives the intentions of the gossiper. Workplace gossip – defined as informal and evaluative talk about absent colleagues – is pervasive yet often misunderstood. Traditionally frowned upon and branded as unproductive or even deviant, recent research paints a more complex picture of gossip. While some studies im...
Could The Four-Day Week Be The Future Of Work?
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Could The Four-Day Week Be The Future Of Work?

The future of work: Why we need to think beyond the hype of the four-day week. Is reducing working hours a sign of progress? Since the 19th century, the number of hours spent at work has been steadily declining in developed countries. The four-day week emerged in the 90s as a political and economic demand for a more equal division of work. The idea was to reduce the number of hours worked so that more people can access employment. This approach, developed in 1993 by French economist Pierre Larrouturou, was tested in 1996 with the de Robien law on the organisation of working hours. In France, business leaders such as Antoine Riboud, CEO of the multinational food-products firm Danone, championed the idea as a way of boosting recruitment. However, the law was repealed in the early 2000s wit...
The Unintended Impact Of Redundancies For All Employees
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The Unintended Impact Of Redundancies For All Employees

Redundancies have unintended consequences for all employees, even those who keep their jobs. Tech giants including X (then known as Twitter) and Facebook owner Meta announced thousands of job cuts globally in 2022 and 2023, as did other firms like entertainment company Disney, consultancy firm KPMG and phone company Vodafone. And let’s not forget those making redundancies as a result of company collapses such as UK retailer Wilko. In the UK alone, the number of planned redundancies by companies increased by 54% over the last year, from 153,635 to 237,017. This is likely to continue. Businesses are dealing with sharp rises in borrowing costs and continued wage growth, at the same as consumer spending is falling, affecting industries like advertising and retail. Of course, such news has a ve...
Uncovering The Reasons Why Fathers Thrive In Careers While Mothers Are More Likely To Work Worse Jobs
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Uncovering The Reasons Why Fathers Thrive In Careers While Mothers Are More Likely To Work Worse Jobs

Mothers are more likely to work worse jobs – while fathers thrive in careers. Having a child is bad for a woman’s earnings. This is not only in the immediate period after the birth, but across her lifetime – as shown in research by recent economics Nobel prize-winner Claudia Goldin. On the other hand, men who become fathers are perceived as self-reliant and decisive. And they are often rewarded at work with opportunities and pay. Campaigns by groups like Pregnant Then Screwed make explicit that, in the UK, this “motherhood penalty” extends to pregnancy discrimination, the extortionate costs of childcare and ineffective flexible working policies. Yet we still know little about how it extends to job quality. Together with colleagues, I have carried out research to explore this “motherhood pe...
With The Hollywood Writers And Actors Strikes Over, What’s Next For Organized Labor, The Creator Economy?
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With The Hollywood Writers And Actors Strikes Over, What’s Next For Organized Labor, The Creator Economy?

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor. Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence. But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet. For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts...
Latinas Are Back At Work In Historic Numbers After Losing The Most Jobs In The Pandemic
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Latinas Are Back At Work In Historic Numbers After Losing The Most Jobs In The Pandemic

This Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re telling the untold stories of women, women of color and LGBTQ+ people. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. They lost the most jobs in the pandemic. Now Latinas are back at work in historic numbers. Three years ago, Latinas disappeared from the workforce. One in 5 were out of work in April 2020, the highest unemployment of any group of women — ever — at a time when women were losing jobs at an unprecedented rate. And yet Latinas have already marshaled a recovery that has outpaced most of their counterparts, hitting new historic highs just years out from historic lows. Their unemployment rate now hovers at 4.4 percent, lower than even pre-pandemic levels. The share of Latinas ages 25 to 54, what is known as the prime-age working group, who are working o...
Michigan Data Shows Work Requirements Don’t Work For Domestic Violence Survivors — They Rarely Get Waivers They Should Receive For Cash Assistance
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Michigan Data Shows Work Requirements Don’t Work For Domestic Violence Survivors — They Rarely Get Waivers They Should Receive For Cash Assistance

Work requirements don’t work for domestic violence survivors – but Michigan data shows they rarely get waivers they should receive for cash assistance. The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea Very few people who have survived domestic violence are getting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) waivers from the work requirements and time limits tied to those benefits – even though they’re eligible for them, according to our new research. State governments administer the federal TANF program, commonly known as welfare or cash assistance, in accordance with their own guidelines. Federal law allows states to grant domestic violence waivers to TANF recipients when time limits, work requirements and other policies increase their risk of abuse o...