Author Archive

Olga Khazan


Only Your Boss Can Cure Your Burnout

People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.


Did Trump Delay the Arrival of At-Home Coronavirus Testing?

Some experts think that at-home testing can stop coronavirus outbreaks, and that the government should have been doing more to produce the tests.


America’s Inescapable Offices

Workers who have already returned to their cubicle report days full of anxiety, masks, and sanitation shaming.


Work From Home Is Here to Stay

What might emerge is a future in which results-oriented introverts prevail while those who thrive on face-to-face interactions and office politics fumble.


The Four Key Reasons the U.S. Is So Behind on Coronavirus Testing

Bureaucracy, equipment shortages, an unwillingness to share, and failed leadership doomed the American response to COVID-19.


The Worst Kind of Medical Debt

When treated at military hospitals, civilians can end up with tens of thousands of dollars in debt that the federal government relentlessly tries to collect.


Is It Weird to Wear Leggings at Work?

Women put up with a lot at the office. At least grant us elastic waistbands.


Frigid Offices Might Be Killing Women’s Productivity

As their goosebumps have long suggested, women perform better on tests of cognitive function at toastier room temperatures.


The Problem With Being Perfect

A trait that’s often seen as good can actually be destructive. Here’s how to combat it.


‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.


How to Make Your Open Office Less Annoying

Researchers are testing egg-shaped chairs, retroreflective ceilings, and other ways to help people concentrate without cubicles.


The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.


How Much Will We Find Out About Trump's Health?

The president isn’t required to undergo neurological tests or to share the results.


Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?

Research suggests that conditions in the workplace might be to blame.


How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.


Why People Fall for Charismatic Leaders

A new book explores how fear, uncertainty, and group psychology lead people to believe leaders who say false things.


The Best Headspace for Making Decisions

Anger is not the best way to approach a big choice—but neither is happiness.