Listen, I don’t mean to brag, but I’ve been skulking around gray office hellscapes for a few years now, a full-fledged member of the white-collar workplace. And whether it’s a slick downtown hellscape or a suburban campus hellscape, there’s one thing that remains as consistent as awkward kitchen small talk and IT issues: horrifically misused, utterly disgusting shared bathrooms.
Meetings! I've been in some terribly long, terribly unproductive meetings before. I once had a supervisor who felt like he was only being productive when he was in a meeting so he'd drag me into them—replacing what could have been a short email into a 20-minute conference room meeting. I tried to explain that if I was always in meetings talking about what needed to get done, I wouldn't actually be out getting anything done but it did not compute.
In the Times
, an editorial by The Energy Project
, which teamed up with the Harvard Business Review last fall to conduct a survey of more than 12,000 white-collar employees across a variety of different industries to understand people's engagement and productivity at work.