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How work changed to make us all passionate quitters | Aeon Essays
Alleges that neoliberalism encourages employees to see themselves as the CEO of "Me, Inc", always looking for tasks that'll help them get their next job. Interesting final section about the modern obsession with "passion".
capitalism  business  work  economics  career 
19 days ago by pw201
Who Will Command The Robot Armies?
Funny and worrying talk. Pinboard is always good for "Internet of shit" stories, but has a wider point here.
robots  facebook  twitter  amazon  work  po  politics  surveillance  technology  automation  iot 
november 2016 by pw201
What is emotional labor?
A term that once described jobs where being friendly and cheerful was seen as part of the job has apparently been co-opted to mean "someone expects me to do something".
emotion  labour  work  relationships 
january 2016 by pw201
Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - The Washington Post
Open plan offices are still terrible. Is there anyone in Cambridge (UK) who isn't using them, I wonder?
work  office  noise  concentration 
december 2015 by pw201
Don’t Feed the Beast – the Great Tech Recruiter Infestation | mockyblog
A fun rant against tech recruiters in the UK, who are apparently a bunch of wide-boys (or spivs, to use the old fashioned term). I haven't used one for over ten years, so I don't know how accurate it is, but HN's discussion on it had some people saying it rings true.
recruiters  jobs  technology  work 
october 2015 by pw201
On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs | Strike! Magazine
Whatever happened to our promised leisure time, and why do so many people get paid to do nothing useful?
capitalism  politics  work  jobs  economics 
october 2015 by pw201
Work Hard, Live Well — Life Learning — Medium
"So it is with deep sadness that I observe the current culture of intensity in the tech industry. My intellectual conclusion is that these companies are both destroying the personal lives of their employees and getting nothing in return. A candidate recently deciding between Asana and another fast growing company told me that the other team starts their dinners at 830pm to encourage people to stay late (he’s starting here in a few weeks). I also hear young developers frequently brag about “48 hour” coding sprints. This kind of attitude not only hurts young workers who are willing to “step up” to the expectation, but facilitates ageism and sexism by indirectly discriminating against people who cannot maintain that kind of schedule."
work  productivity  rest  crunch  overtime 
august 2015 by pw201
The Hiring Post — Quarrelsome
An argument that interviews are bad and we should use standardised problems instead.
interviews  programming  interviewing  hiring  work  interview  software 
june 2015 by pw201
Why Some Men Pretend to Work 80-Hour Weeks - HBR
Interesting research into the sort of place where you're expected to be available all the time and work all the hours. Some successful men found ways to "pass" i.e. to appear they were hard workers while finding time for other things (like their families). Women tended to ask explicitly for allowances to be made for child care and their careers suffered for it.
work  hours  time  employment  sexism  feminism 
may 2015 by pw201
Free exchange: Nice work if you can get out | The Economist
Why the rich now have less leisure than the poor. Via WMC on FB.
leisure  work  economist 
january 2015 by pw201
Loyalty and Trust | Heart, Mind and Code
A more temperate follow up to the "don't be loyal to the corporation" one, distinguishing loyalty, trust and vulnerability.
employment  layoffs  trust  vulnerability  work  loyalty 
november 2014 by pw201
Are you paid to look busy?
Do people with useless jobs secretly resent those with useful ones?
jobs  money  management  work  employment 
may 2014 by pw201
The Open-Office Trap : The New Yorker
Open offices are horrible. Shame I work in one at the moment.
office  productivity  work  space 
january 2014 by pw201
Questions to ask your potential employer | Hacker News
Linked to the Hacker News thread rather than the original post as the commenters at HN came up with some good additional ones.
work  software  jobs  interview  interviewing 
november 2013 by pw201
What Long Hours Really Mean | We Are Mammoth
Via Hacker News, where there's the usual debate about all this. Previously I've read research which says you can get gains out of doing it for short bursts but must then rest: longer periods of overtime end up producing less, not more. This article is more about the cultural impact, though.
work  programming  hours  overtime  business  productivity 
november 2013 by pw201
I Was a Warehouse Wage Slave | Mother Jones
"My brief, backbreaking, rage-inducing, low-paying, dildo-packing time inside the online-shipping machine."
economics  work  warehouse  poverty  shopping  shipping  online  amazon 
february 2012 by pw201
The Rise of the New Groupthink - NYTimes.com
"Most of us now work in teams, in offices without walls, for managers who prize people skills above all. Lone geniuses are out. Collaboration is in.

But there’s a problem with this view. Research strongly suggests that people are more creative when they enjoy privacy and freedom from interruption."
flow  solitude  groupthink  team  office  work  creativity 
january 2012 by pw201
What People Don't Get About My Job: From A(rmy Soldier) to Z(ookeeper) - Derek Thompson - Business - The Atlantic
"Tell us what people don't get or appreciate about your job. The response was so eloquent and overwhelming, it was practically encyclopedic.

So we made an encyclopedia. From A to Z, we went through your responses to find the best vocational essays for each letter."
work  jobs 
september 2011 by pw201

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