Tag: Workplace Environment

To Promote Inclusivity, Stay Away from Personality Assessments

My first experience taking the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.) was at a job where it was mandatory. The company’s chief executive announced that all employees would take the test as part of a quarterly staff retreat. The assessment concluded that I was an I.N.T.J. (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking, Judgment.) At the retreat, we were all encouraged […]

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Google Tries to Corral Its Staff After Ugly Internal Debates

Google has long prided itself on a workplace culture in which employees are encouraged to speak their minds and engage in philosophical debates. But now the company, stung by recent controversies, is trying to rein in its famously freewheeling employees. On Friday, Google issued new workplace guidelines that ordered its staff to refrain from insulting […]

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China Pressures Business Over Hong Kong. Workers Get Caught in the Middle.

As Hong Kong seethes with protests against China’s rule, Beijing is increasingly pressuring the business world to take its side. Businesses, both global and local, are falling in line — and their employees are caught in the crossfire. The most dramatic example came on Friday, when Rupert Hogg, the chief executive of Hong Kong-based Cathay […]

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How Women Can Escape the Likability Trap

There has been a lot of talk recently in the political arena about the likability trap for women: Women who behave in authoritative ways risk being disliked as insufferable prima donnas, pedantic schoolmarms or witchy women. What you haven’t heard about much is the way successful women overcome this form of gender bias. I have […]

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If Only These Walls (and Bookcases) Could Talk

Transparency is one of the biggest trends in modern office design: open floor plans, fewer offices, glass walls and doors. And at a time when #MeToo has called attention to the sordid things that can happen behind closed doors, there may be some comfort in having everything, and everyone, within view. But a taste for […]

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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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Yes, America Is Rigged Against Workers

The United States is the only advanced industrial nation that doesn’t have national laws guaranteeing paid maternity leave. It is also the only advanced economy that doesn’t guarantee workers any vacation, paid or unpaid, and the only highly developed country (other than South Korea) that doesn’t guarantee paid sick days. In contrast, the European Union’s […]

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What Can I Do When a Colleague Takes Credit for My Work?

I work at a small nonprofit as the assistant to the executive director. Very shortly after I was hired, a new writer was also hired. Let’s call her Carrie. Carrie did not have experience in writing the particular kinds of proposals our nonprofit requires, but the executive director thought she was a good fit for […]

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What Should I Put in My Out-of-Office Message?

When Lisette Sand-Freedman, 42, took a four-day family trip to the Dominican Republic in February, she chose her out-of-office email message carefully. “In case of emergency, please call 911” was what rolled into the inboxes of chief marketing officers, publicists and celebrities who were trying to reach Ms. Sand-Freedman, the chief executive of Shadow, a […]

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She Led a Famed Progressive Church. Then She Said She Was Harassed.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] When the Rev. Dr. Amy K. Butler was hired to lead Riverside Church in Manhattan in 2014, she was hailed as a rising star, the first woman to join a distinguished line of pastors at one of the pre-eminent […]

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Harvard Suspends Roland Fryer, Star Economist, After Sexual Harassment Claims

Roland G. Fryer, a onetime rising star in economics who has been accused by multiple women of sexual harassment, will lose his Harvard University research lab and be suspended for two years, the university said Wednesday. Harvard’s actions represent a remarkable fall from grace for an economist who until recently was among the profession’s most […]

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Employee Activism Is Alive in Tech. It Stops Short of Organizing Unions.

SAN FRANCISCO — In February, about a dozen employees at a small technology company called NPM embarked on an effort that is often frowned upon at start-ups: trying to unionize. For more than three months, the workers had battled the company’s new management over their hours, a changing workplace culture and diversity issues, said seven […]

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What Should I Do About My Racially Obtuse Co-Worker?

I work in the public sector and have a great relationship with most of my colleagues. One of my co-workers, a caring person who works hard for the community we serve, has more than once made racially insensitive comments, using phrases like “playing the race card” and “pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I am […]

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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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A.I. May Not Take Your Job, but It Could Become Your Boss

When Conor Sprouls, a customer service representative in the call center of the insurance giant MetLife talks to a customer over the phone, he keeps one eye on the bottom-right corner of his screen. There, in a little blue box, A.I. tells him how he’s doing. Talking too fast? The program flashes an icon of […]

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Slack Stock Soars, Putting Company’s Public Value at $23.1 Billion

SAN FRANCISCO — Slack shares soared on Thursday in early trading on the stock market, in a sign that Wall Street remains tantalized by fast-growing young technology firms even after the recent lackluster public offerings of larger companies like Uber. The workplace collaboration company’s shares began trading at $38.50 on the New York Stock Exchange, […]

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