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Managers who brag about their stress and exhaustion don’t need our applauds
And yet it seems that far too many managers have internalized a deep sense of guilt from that era, so they desperately try to convince themselves and others just how hard they’re working! How worthy they are of their perched position on the hierarchy.
work  work-life-balance  dhh 
29 days ago by lorenzck
Stanford Study Shows the Productivity Boost of Working From Home (
Enter Bloom, who helped design a test whereby 500 employees were divided into two groups--a control group (who continued working at HQ) and volunteer work-from-homers (who had to have a private room at home, at least six-month tenure with Ctrip, and decent broadband access as conditions).

You can watch Bloom describe the study and the findings in his 2017 TEDx talk below.

Bloom expected the positives and negatives to offset each other. But he was wrong.

Instead, the robust, nearly two-year study showed an astounding productivity boost among the telecommuters equivalent to a full day's work. Turns out work-from-home employees work a true full-shift (or more) versus being late to the office or leaving early multiple times a week and found it less distracting and easier to concentrate at home.

Additionally (and incredibly), employee attrition decreased by 50 percent among the telecommuters, they took shorter breaks, had fewer sick days, and took less time off. Not to mention the reduced carbon emissions from fewer autos clogging up the morning commute.

Oh, and by the way, the company saved almost $2,000 per employee on rent by reducing the amount of HQ office space.
work-life-balance  work  WFH 
may 2018 by rcyphers
I Am the One Woman Who Has It All | The New Yorker

I have two kids and the unspoken pressure to act like they don’t exist when I’m on a conference call.

I have no problem lying about “being in a meeting” when I’m with my kids and no problem lying to my kids about “needing to work” when I’m on Facebook.
parenting  funny  new-yorker  women  life  work  work-life-balance  kids 
may 2018 by jm
“The Workplace Is Killing People and Nobody Cares” | Stanford Graduate School of Business
More for the "modern work is not good for you" file. Interesting notion is that the thing that will change this is when people start suing, which is, as ever, depressing.
work  overwork  work-life-balance  business 
march 2018 by mr_stru

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