Author Archive

Derek Thompson

Tech

America Is Running Out of Everything

The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive.

Management

What Are Offices Good For, Anyway?

The pandemic disrupted “soft work”—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.

Management

The U.S. Needs Another Innovation Dream Team

A comparison of the U.S. responses to World War II and the pandemic shows where we’ve gone wrong—and how to adjust course.

Workforce

What Quitters Understand About the Job Market

More Americans are telling their boss to shove it. Is the workplace undergoing a revolution—or just a post-pandemic spasm?

Workforce

Winners and Losers of the Work-From-Home Revolution

High-income workers at highly profitable companies will benefit greatly. Downtown landlords won’t.

Management

What’s Behind the Vaccine Slowdown?

Daily shots are plummeting. Is it the FDA’s fault, or the inevitable result of America’s stubbornly high vaccine resistance?

Management

Are Outdoor Mask Mandates Still Necessary?

Governments need to give Americans an off-ramp to the post-pandemic world. Ending outdoor mask requirements would be a good place to start.

Workforce

The Remote-Work Revolution Will Be Bigger Than We Think

The past year has offered a glimpse of the nowhere-everywhere future of work.

Management

Three Theories for Why You Have No Time

Better technology means higher expectations, and higher expectations create more work.

Management

Workism Is Making Americans Miserable

For the college-educated elite, work has morphed into a religious identity—promising identity, transcendence, and community, but failing to deliver.

Oversight

How the Trump Administration's Suit to Block a Media Merger Could Hurt the Tech Industry

The lawsuit may pit AT&T and Time Warner against the Justice Department. But it's Silicon Valley that might suffer the most.

Oversight

Is Donald Trump Using the Justice Department to Crush CNN?

Or is the Department of Justice finally cracking down on corporate mergers?

Management

Older Americans Are More Millennial Than Millennials

To understand both changes to the workforce and changing attitudes toward work, don’t watch young people. Watch their parents (and uncles, aunts, and grandparents).

Management

Trump's 3 a.m. Phone Call

The president pondered a reasonable economics question—but who he reportedly dialed for answers raises questions of its own.

Oversight

Why Democrats and Republicans Speak Different Languages

The Republican National Convention proved yet again that the GOP talks about America and U.S. policy with an entire unique vocabulary. It hasn’t always been this way.

Management

Report: Federal Government is Effectively Fighting Inequality

Inequality is growing. But so are government efforts to combat it—and they’re working.

Management

How to Hire the Perfect Worker

Finding great new employees is hard. A little bit of empiricism can help.

Management

The Easy 10-Second Tax Return

Letting the government do its citizens’ taxes is cheap, efficient, and accurate. Naturally, the United States won’t do it.

Oversight

How Donald Trump Can Beat Hillary Clinton

He spent years as a moderate. He spent years as a nationalist. Why can’t he spend six months being a moderate nationalist?