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The (Slightly More) Professional Guide to Working from Home

May 7, 2013 It seems that working from home — that dreamy day job to which we all used to aspire, and perhaps some of us still do — has fallen on hard times. According to a recent article in The New York Times, a paper with a long history of articles about...

How to Make Working Outside Work for You

April 10, 2013 The desire comes around at a certain time of year, when it's just starting to get nice, when the office workers of America and beyond have been cooped up for far too long in the too-cold (or too-hot, depending on who's controlling the thermostat) confines of their cubicles. Working outside!...

What Your Email Inbox Count Says About You

December 13, 2012 What's the number of unread emails—right now, at this moment, without changing anything—in your inbox? That would be 3,487 in the case of Jen here; 1 in the case of Rebecca. More about what that means in a second, but first, a bit of backstory: The New Yorker's Silvia Killingsworth...

There's Nothing Lazy About Working from Bed

November 14, 2012 There is hope yet for haters of the treadmill desk, for people who despise cubicles, or, simply, for folks who don't really enjoy getting out of bed in the morning, much less commuting. Enough people are working from home in their beds (and, no, this is not a sex scandal...

Don't freak out about the possible Election Day nor'easter just yet

November 2, 2012 Let's all sit down for this: The National Weather Service is predicting more weather of the extreme variety. A Nor'easter is "possible for Mid-Atlantic/New England states by Election Day into next Thursday," per the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center of College Park, Maryland. Nor'easter sounds like something we're not quite ready to...

The time of the 'social media' candidate is nigh

September 18, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What happens on social media when people stop being polite and start getting real? Maybe we realize that's what we should have been doing all along. Tuesday's New York Times profile on Joe Lhota, MTA chief, seems to bolster some theories that have been percolating in our time of ever-encroaching,...

Workplace Whiners and the Other Coworkers You'll Know

September 12, 2012 Today in The Wall Street Journal Sue Shellenbarger discusses a type of coworker you've surely had the occasion to work with, assuming you've been working in an office environment for any time at all. This is, Shellenbarger writes, the "workplace whiner." Not only are such coworkers an inherent productivity problem—did...

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