The Economic Case Against Majoring in Fun Things

by Gillian B. White

For many, the reality of student debt doesn’t hit home until you make your first payment. Though you may have read your paperwork and done the math on how much monthly debt repayment will cost, in practice, paying the piper can come as a shock. The impact is, unsurprisingly, more acute for new ... Read & React

An Incredibly Simple Way to Defuse Political Fights

by Robert Wright

“It’s Official,” said the headline on a Bloomberg News article from last month, “Partisan Rancor Worst in Over a Century.” The good news is that this headline is slightly misleading. According to therancor index that the story cited—which is based on the frequency of newspaper reports of ... Read & React

Which Matters Most? Ambition or Talent?

by Scott Eblin Executive Coach

One of my favorite Saturday routines is spending an hour or so browsing through the weekend edition of the Financial Times on my iPad. There are often fascinating long interviews with newsmakers in a feature called Lunch with the FT and usually some interesting reviews of books I won’t read but am ... Read & React

5 Things to Do When You’re Riding the Struggle Bus

by Jennifer Miller Jennifer V. Miller

Are you riding the struggle bus right now? Yeah, me too. Heck there are days when it’s like I’m driving that stinkin’ bus. Life has handed me a handful of setbacks over the past months. Taken on their own, each challenge is easy enough to tackle. But when they all pile up? It’s a bit overwhelming. ... Read & React

Video: The Case for Napping at Work

by Katherine Wells and James Hamblin, MD

Most Americans don't get enough sleep. More and more employers are trying to help address that. (Top image via bikeriderlondon/Shutterstock.com) Read & React

The Gender-Wage Gap Is Shrinking—or Is It?

The wage gap between young male and female workers is historically low. The wage gap between young male and female workers is growing. Yes, both things can be true at the same time. Intergenerational economic inequality is declining: The gap between male and female wages among Millennials is lower ... Read & React

Zen and the Art of Cubicle Living

by Olga Khazan

One day recently I worked out of, quite possibly, the best office I have ever been in. Granted, this is not a high bar for a cubicle drone like me. Still, the design touches were lovely: It was a glass cube with an ergonomic green chair and mahogany desk. There was a frosted-glass door, so ... Read & React

The Murky Boundaries of the Modern Work Day

by Gillian B. White

When I ask David Cook, a pastor from North Carolina, how often his work life seeps into his personal life he laughs a bit as he answers, “All the time.” That seems to be a pretty common response when you ask people about the boundaries, or lack thereof, between work and home. In fact, most people I ... Read & React

The Shrinking of Personal Space at Work

First they came for the offices, replacing four-walls-and-a-door situations with desks in cubicles, even for workers of considerable stature. Now they’re coming for the desks themselves. On both sides of the Atlantic, big companies are moving toward more flexible setups that do away with assigned ... Read & React

What Performance Management Is and Is Not

At a recent academic conference a scholar was explaining his research in which he sought to determine whether performance management worked—whether it improved performance. He took a traditional approach (called “meta-analysis” by the cognoscenti) examining all of the different reports that ... Read & React