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Why Americans Work So Much Despite Economist John Maynard Keynes' Prediction

January 7, 2016 How will we all keep busy when we only have to work 15 hours a week? That was the question that worried the economist John Maynard Keynes when he wrote his short essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” in 1930. Over the next century, he predicted, the economy would become...

The Hidden Cost of a Flexible Job

February 11, 2015 It's freezing and snowy. It's a million degrees and humid. Your kids are sick. The repairman is coming. You have a doctor's appointment. Whatever the reason, many workers are lucky enough to be able to take advantage of workplaces that offer a bit of flexibility as to when and where...

Actually, Some Material Goods Can Make You Happy

August 1, 2014 It's been the refrain of behavioral economists and, in my case at least, my wise husband for years: Spend your money on experiences, not things. A vacation or a meal with friends will enrich your life; new shoes will quickly lose their charm. That's true, but it's not the whole...

How to Swindle Soldiers

July 28, 2014 Well, here is a clever new business strategy: Offer service members around the country and around the world financing for their appliances, furniture, and electronics, and then, when they fall behind on their loans, sue them in courts they can't get to to represent themselves. Turns out: effective! Also: legal....

A Map of Maternity Leave Policies Around the World

June 24, 2014 If you're a woman working in the United States and your employer provides paid maternity leave, consider yourself lucky: Just 11 percent of Americans employed by private industry have access to some sort of paid family leave. For state and government employees, 16 percent can take paid family leave. The...

Our Cubicles, Ourselves: How the Modern Office Shapes American Life

April 15, 2014 Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle. Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace....

America's Workers: Stressed Out, Overwhelmed, Totally Exhausted

March 25, 2014 Perhaps the most poignant detail from Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic cover story, "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," was also one of the smallest: an overworked mother of three who "organized her time so ruthlessly that she always keyed in 1:11 or 2:22 or 3:33 on the microwave rather than...

Beware: Mistakes and Workplace Injuries Spike After Switch to Daylight Savings Time

March 11, 2014 Are you feeling a bit sleepy at work today? If so, you're far from the only one. In fact, the Monday following the switch to Daylight Saving Time ranks among the days when Americans are the most under-rested: On average, Americans sleep for 40 minutes less the Sunday night following...

The Only Woman in the Computer Science Department

March 5, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Irene Greif always thought she'd be a teacher. "For one thing," she told me, "I'd been told by my mother that it was good to be a teacher because you just worked the hours your kids were in school and you could come home." It had just always been the...

Check Out This Video of Army Trucks That Drive Themselves

February 5, 2014 Last month, General Robert Cone, the head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command, gave a speech that the service's future configuration. In short: fewer soldiers, more "lethality." How's that? Cone said that in the years and decades ahead, the Army could scale back its brigade combat team—dramatically—from 4,000 to...

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