Tag: Workplace Environment

Is Remote Work Making Us Paranoid?

Liz Drews, 35, started a new job as the manager of merchant operations team in Omaha during the pandemic and worries a lot about how she comes off on her video calls, since she has a 2-year-old at home. “I have a house that’s not organized or clean right now,” she said. “Especially in a […]

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The Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice

At the end of the 19th century, most American urbanites walked to work; as late as 1930, Manhattan’s residential population was larger than it is today, meaning the city was more mixed in terms of land use, not dominated by office towers. It’s not hard to imagine that many will once again prefer to work […]

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What is the Future of Offices When Workers Have a Choice?

At the end of the 19th century, most American urbanites walked to work; as late as 1930, Manhattan’s residential population was larger than it is today, meaning the city was more mixed in terms of land use, not dominated by office towers. It’s not hard to imagine that many will once again prefer to work […]

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‘You’re on Mute’ and ‘Unprecedented’: The Words of the Year

“You’re on mute” was said on 1,000 percent more calls between executives and investors in 2020 compared with 2019. Dec. 29, 2020 The coronavirus pandemic gave 2020 a new dictionary, and seemingly overnight, corporate America began speaking with a new language. In calls between executives and investors, there was a choice set of words and […]

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Did You Miss Out on Vacation This Year? You’re Not Alone

In a typical year, New York employees of the magazine publisher Condé Nast must use their vacation days before late December or lose them — a common policy across corporate America. But early this month, the company sent employees an email saying they could carry up to five vacation days into next year, an apparent […]

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No More All-Nighters!

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. The Obnoxiousness of Celebrating Poor Time Management At all-staff meetings, managers at my office will make a point of lauding employees for working late into the night. The […]

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Google Delays Return to Office and Eyes ‘Flexible Work Week’

OAKLAND, Calif. — With the pandemic still in full swing and the first doses of a coronavirus vaccine just starting to ship in the United States, Google has pushed back the planned return to the office by a few months, to September 2021. But even as it extends the remote work period for most of […]

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How to Handle Bad Co-Workers of the Anti-Mask and Boyfriend Varieties

Help! I’m a Jerk but I Don’t Want to Be I have a problem, and it is me. I have always been opinionated, compulsively sharing unfiltered truths. The problem comes in my various board and volunteer roles. I approach these meetings as though I’m trying to stick it to the man. In a meeting, I […]

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Etsy Was a Twee Culture Punchline. Now It’s a Wall Street Darling.

Kat Panchal hadn’t yet learned how to use her sewing machine when the pandemic started. But in March, on leave from her job as a flight attendant with American Airlines and cooped up alone in her Philadelphia apartment, the 34-year-old taught herself to sew. Soon, she was stitching masks and donating them to health care […]

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Getting Creative for the 2020 Office Holiday Party

The Product Analyst, a tech review site in Memphis, was going to scrap its holiday event but the staff requested one so they found a compromise: a P.P.E.-themed soiree. “With safety as the theme, we can assure a low-risk party, with double the amount of fun,” said the company’s corporate wellness expert, Alicia Hough, 31. […]

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Goodbye, Blazers; Hello, ‘Coatigans.’ Women Adjust Attire to Work at Home.

In the Before Times, said Rebecca Rittenberg, a 28-year-old who works in advertising sales for Google in New York, one of her favorite parts about going to the office was “showing up in a funky, cool professional outfit.” A smart pair of pants, colorful or patterned blouses, blazers, skirts, dresses, heeled boots and designer sneakers […]

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‘Tokenized’: Inside Black Workers’ Struggles at Coinbase

SAN FRANCISCO — One by one, they left. Some quit. Others were fired. All were Black. The 15 people worked at Coinbase, the most valuable U.S. cryptocurrency start-up, where they represented roughly three-quarters of the Black employees at the 600-person company. Before leaving in late 2018 and early 2019, at least 11 of them informed […]

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The Pandemic Work Diary of a Podcasting Tech Editor

Nilay Patel misses laughing at headline ideas and goofing around in the hallways of the Lower Manhattan offices of The Verge, the tech-news site he leads. Any other year, he and his staff would be buzzing around, having a field day with all of the big device launches that usually coincide with the holiday shopping […]

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The Hot New Covid Tech Is Wearable and Constantly Tracks You

In Rochester, Mich., Oakland University is preparing to hand out wearable devices to students that log skin temperature once a minute — or more than 1,400 times per day — in the hopes of pinpointing early signs of the coronavirus. In Plano, Texas, employees at the headquarters of Rent-A-Center recently started wearing proximity detectors that […]

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We’re Friends at the Office. Remember the Office?

To the Editor: Re “We Miss In-Person Work Friends” (Op-Ed, Oct. 23): Ashley Fetters’s article about missing the in-person interaction with co-workers is right on target. I’d add one more thing to what’s missing: diversity. Outside of our schools, what better place than the workplace to learn about others whose color is different, whose culture […]

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I’m Tired of Babysitting Man-Babies at Work

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. This Woman’s Work I found a job I love after 15 years. I’ve been lucky enough to be on a relatively diverse, gender-balanced team. Despite this balance, the […]

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Back to the Office: Tough Call for Workers, and for the Boss

Jay Foreman, chief executive of the toymaker Basic Fun in Boca Raton, Fla., has a simple message for his employees: It’s time to come back to the office. “Fear is not an appropriate reason for not being at work,” he said. “We have to get over our fears. We can’t operate remotely, and this is […]

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Whitewater Unions, and a Toobin-Like Bathroom Mistake

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Norma Rae on the River Before the pandemic, I worked in the outdoor adventure industry as a multiday river guide. For many, it’s a dream job — living […]

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To Do Politics or Not Do Politics? Tech Start-Ups Are Divided

Rob Rhinehart, a co-founder of nutritional drink start-up Soylent, declared in a blog post last week that he was supporting Kanye West for president. “I am so sick of politics,” Mr. Rhinehart wrote. “Politics are suddenly everywhere. I cannot avoid them.” David Barrett, the chief executive of Expensify, a business software start-up, went in another […]

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My Boss’s Drinking Is Getting Worse. How Do We Intervene?

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Mean Girls Is Not Just a Movie I have a job I enjoy, and it’s going well. I’ve been getting more responsibility, and I get on well with […]

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Mothers Are the ‘Shock Absorbers’ of Our Society

Dharushana Muthulingam was on maternity leave with her second child when the pandemic began. In April, she returned to her full-time job as an infectious disease physician and public health researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Muthulingam, 38, was working remotely with a team reviewing Covid results, figuring out if people needed retests, […]

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On the Hunt for Office Space, Companies Stay Low to the Ground

The skyscraper, the iconic urban office tower, still captivates by offering jaw-dropping views and the thrill of hovering in the clouds. But the skyscraper’s opposite — a building as horizontal as a skyscraper is vertical — has been grabbing attention: Make way for the groundscraper. There is no hard-and-fast definition for such buildings, which some […]

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How to Connect With the Co-Workers You’re Missing

J’Leen Manning Saeger misses her friends from work. As a Spanish lecturer at Trinity University in San Antonio, Ms. Manning Saegar and other members of her tight-knit department would regularly bounce ideas off one another and discuss their upcoming projects. “I could feel these friendships forming little by little, and then the pandemic hits,” she […]

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The Stars of Black LinkedIn Have Had It With Corporate Racism

One day in September, Elizabeth Leiba opened the LinkedIn app and saw a post by Aaisha Joseph, a diversity consultant with nearly 16,000 followers on the platform. “Ima need #companies to stop sending their dedicated House Negros to ‘deal with the Blacks’ they deem out of control,” read the item. “It’s really not a good […]

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Arctic Expedition’s Dress Code Raises Concerns About Sexism in Science

LONDON — The dress-code policy of a prominent polar research institute in Germany has provoked criticism and outrage after it was recently made public, with some experts saying it underscored the problem of sexism in the sciences. The policy, set by leaders aboard the Akademik Fedorov, a Russian icebreaker and research vessel, prohibited passengers from […]

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I’m a Ghostwriter for a ‘Thought Leader.’ Boo!

Send questions about the office, money, careers and work-life balance to workfriend@nytimes.com. Include your name and location, or a request to remain anonymous. Letters may be edited. Bye-bye byline I work for a small, progressive nonprofit as the only full-time communications person. My boss wants to be more of a “thought leader” on issues of […]

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The Rise of Remote Work Can Be Unexpectedly Liberating

In the initial months of the pandemic, remote work seemed full of upsides: more flexibility for employees and an expectation of greater profits, productivity and retention for their employers. But what if the long-studied benefits of remote work look different in a post-pandemic world? In particular, what if employee loyalty and engagement decrease once remote […]

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Dust Off Desks and Boot Up Terminals: Wall St. Returns, Fitfully

Six months ago, New York’s financial industry abandoned its corner offices, conference rooms and trading floors almost overnight as the coronavirus raged across the city. The industry’s return to office life, by contrast, has been shambolic. The Midtown Manhattan offices of Mudrick Capital, a hedge fund, never closed, but workers were required to return only […]

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How Burnout Became the Norm for American Parents

Burnout occurs when the distance between the ideal and the possible lived reality becomes too much to bear. That’s true of the workplace, and that’s true of parenting. The common denominator among millennials, then, is that we’ve been inculcated with the idea that failure — like our failure to find secure employment, or save enough […]

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