Tag: Work-Life Balance

In a Work Toilet, How Close Is, Uh, Too Close?

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 Even More Traumatic Public Bathroom My 50-person team got relocated to a new floor in our building, and the bathroom situation is curiously abysmal. There are two, […]

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Men Say They Want Paid Leave but Then Don’t Use All of It. What Stops Them?

ImageA new report says men feel freer to take leave when company leaders do. As a supporter of family leave, Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit and husband of Serena Williams, took time off to care for their daughter, Olympia.Credit…Paul Kane/Getty Images Men today are as likely as women to say they need to have time […]

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Typing These Two Letters Will Scare Your Young Co-Workers

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. I’m O.K. — You’re Crying I am a Gen X-er who generally speaks proper English and am a “digital native.” (Hey, kids: We built these tools that you […]

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How to Overcome the Fear of Making Friends as an Adult

Creating Adult Friendships Once you’ve realized that your friendship deficit and would like to change that, what’s next? Chat someone up at a bar? Go back to school? Swipe right? Although some of those may work, they probably aren’t the best options. The truth is that, as we age, it’s not really the opportunities for […]

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‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ vs. ‘Marriage Story’

This essay includes spoilers for “Marriage Story.” In Noah Baumbach’s film “Marriage Story,” Nicole (Scarlett Johansson) explains to her divorce lawyer, Nora (Laura Dern), why she’s ending her marriage. In the early stages of their relationship, Nicole abandoned an acting career in Hollywood to move to New York City with her husband, Charlie, an up-and-coming […]

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Vomiting at Work Doesn’t Mean You’re Bad at Your Job

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. Good morning! It’s me and I’m here: your new Work Friend, assembled from the frantically selected parts of expired Work Friends. Choire Sicha’s blog-hardened heart; Megan Greenwell’s Millennial […]

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Do-It-Yourself Sabbaticals

At Birchbox, the beauty and grooming subscription service, there is something called the “tri-bat.” Birchbox offers full-time employees who have been with the company for three years a $750 stipend (on top of their salary) and three weeks off in addition to standard vacation time. At six years of service, employees receive the same time […]

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Blogs Cannot Tell You What to Do With Your Career

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. Richard Scarry Prepared Us Poorly I am a typical late-20s cubicle-working dude. I make enough money to support the life I have and save a little bit each […]

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Productivity Without Privilege: How to Succeed When You’re Marginalized or Discriminated Against in the Workplace

I’ve been writing about productivity and how to work smarter for the better part of a decade. To me, productivity isn’t just about getting things done — it’s about spending less time on the things you have to do so you can spend more time on the things you want to do. But it was […]

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I Buy Kegs for the Office. Do I Have to Buy Tampons, Too?

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. Tampons or Wine, the Eternal Dilemma I run a small but growing start-up and employ many young female employees. As is standard for the start-up world, we buy […]

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Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life

When Ariel Coleman, 28, quit her last job, as a project manager in the corporate office of a bank, it wasn’t because her new employer offered her a raise, a different role or more seniority. “The work-life balance is just much better,” she said. At her new company, Omfgco, a branding and design firm in […]

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An Open Letter (and a Rant) on Age Discrimination at Work

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. Let’s start with two letters this week. No. 1: I am an advertising creative who has been unemployed for over six months. I’m having difficulty finding a full-time […]

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5 Ways to Create a Work-Life Balance That Will Keep Your Marriage Safe

But the best way to assure you get the quality time you need from both is to establish boundaries by using time management to figure out what tasks you need to complete in a given day or week. There’s a ton of relationship advice and marriage advice out there about how to speak your partner’s […]

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Surviving the Work Trip: How to Stay Together While Being Apart

Sometimes children during these times develop emotional responses to the temporary absence of their parents. They may make it harder to go to school or become more tearful or clingier with the parent who has stayed home. This has an added challenge for the parent who is maintaining the fort, since being alone with the […]

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The American Economy Is Creating a National Identity Crisis

Europeans often describe the United States as a great place to buy stuff but a terrible place to work. They understand the appeal of our plentiful and affordable consumer goods, but otherwise they just don’t get it: the lack of real vacation, the sending of emails after business hours, the general insensitively to work-life balance. […]

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Is My Millennial Co-Worker a Narcissist, or Am I a Jealous Jerk?

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. Millennials’ Revolt My co-worker seems to work more for their (I don’t want to specify gender) personal brand than for the company. This team member posts their whereabouts […]

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How to Turn an iPhone Into a Work-Only Tool

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Conor Dougherty, who covers economics from San Francisco, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech tools do you rely on most to do your reporting? This isn’t very remarkable or unexpected, but I spend a lot of time on […]

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‘Family-Friendly’ Occupations for Women Are a Myth

Every year, articles crop up asking the same question: “Can Women Have It All?” where “all” encompasses a thriving career, healthy happy family and a passionate marriage to someone of equal or greater financial status. There’s hemming and hawing over “choosing the correct career path” or perfecting a work and home-life balance that rivals our […]

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