Tag: Work-Life Balance

My Librarian Boss Hates Science and Public Services. Help!

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Where Human Decency Meets Professional Standards I am a part-time children’s librarian in a diverse, small-city public library. I love our patrons and community and have worked to […]

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Do You Have to Be a Jerk to Be Great?

Soren Kierkegaard asked God to give him the power to will one thing. Amid all the distractions of life he asked for the power to live a focused life, wholeheartedly, toward a single point. And we’ve all known geniuses and others who have practiced a secular version of this. They have found their talent and […]

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Work Burnout: How to Know When You Need a Break

Work Is a Burden An article in Forbes on the five telltale signs of job burnout highlights a few symptoms that may easily resonate with overworked individuals in any line of work. Among them is one that stands out for me: Everything about work starts to seem like a burden. Indeed, when you get up […]

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I Like Working Retail. Why Am I Too Ashamed to Say So?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. Congratulations, You Have Won! For more than 20 years I had the job I always dreamed about. I knew since junior high I wanted to work in what […]

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In Japan, It’s a Riveting TV Plot: Can a Worker Go Home on Time?

TOKYO — Last month, as Americans tuned in to the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” Japan was indulging in its own television fantasy world. In this one, a woman dares to leave work at 6 p.m. sharp. The determination of Yui Higashiyama, a 30-something project manager who wants nothing more than to get out […]

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How Data Can Help You Win in the Winner-Take-All Economy

This article is adapted from the book “How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World,” to be published June 18 by St. Martin’s Press. On the day I met Brett Ostrum, in a conference room in Redmond, Wash., he was wearing a black leather jacket and a neat goatee, and his laptop was covered with stickers […]

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‘Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?’ Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too

[Sign up for our politics newsletter, and we’ll send you an invite to our live chat on debate night.] Representative Eric Swalwell can rattle off the best places to pump breastmilk in an airport. Julián Castro broke from the campaign trail for the last day of preschool. And Gov. Steve Bullock postponed the announcement of […]

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At Happy Hour, Kindergarten Rules Apply

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. How Can I Reject an Invitation I Don’t Receive? How should I feel about not being invited to after-work socializing? My boss and most of my co-workers are […]

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Strategies for Staying Focused at Work When There’s Stress at Home

Either way, focusing at work is becoming increasingly difficult. And you’re becoming increasingly frustrated—namely at yourself. Why can’t I get it together? I’m such an idiot. Seriously. I’m being ridiculous—and weak. But having a hard time with focusing is absolutely understandable. “You may have heard the expression, ‘everywhere you go, there you are,’” said Austin […]

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Beyond Money: The Psychology of Working More Than One Job

In the U.S., according to the Census Bureau, between 4.5 percent and 6.2 percent of the workforce has been holding down more than one job since 1970. In the UK, the practice of working multiple jobs may be even more commonplace. The Independent reports that about one in four workers have a “side hustle” in […]

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Fixing Your Work Environment Will Not Fix Your Life

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. An Office Will Not Save You I work remotely from my home, and the isolation and loneliness are really getting me down. I’m also fairly new to my […]

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How Employers Can Support Women During Postpartum Depression

Caring for a newborn (especially the first born or a child with special needs) is a significant time commitment. This becomes more challenging as moms and other caregivers lack proper sleep. There are also additional financial pressures in caring for a new family member and taking time (sometimes unpaid) away from work. Post-birth, the medical […]

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Is Burnout Real?

Burnout is everywhere. Students, workers, parents — nearly everyone seems to have suffered from it. Last week, the World Health Organization upgraded burnout from a “state” of exhaustion to “a syndrome” resulting from “chronic workplace stress” in its International Disease Classification, the official compendium of diseases. That sounds like such a broad definition that it […]

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At Work, Everyone Is in Fact Talking About You All the Time

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, even if you want them withheld. Letters may be edited. You Are Not the Snack Czar My workplace provides a variety of free snacks. These usually include bananas, and there is no problem with taking one or three […]

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