Everything About Being An Assistant Is Awful

Over my years I have noticed that, the more exciting and important a position is, the less willing any company seems to be to hire from within.

Being Black in Silicon Valley — and Alaska, Atlanta, & NYC

If you've ever felt like an outsider in your workplace, you'll relate to Erica Joy's sobering look back on her career (so far) in tech

“Offices For Introverts” Designed By Someone Who Doesn’t Understand Introverts

UPDATE: The introvert offices do include options for opaque walls.

I was so happy to see The Atlantic’s piece An Office For Introverts, which promised that design firm Steelcase had created a series of offices designed with the corporate introvert in mind.

After seeing the designs, I’m not sure that Steelcase understands what introverts need.

The offices include comfy chairs so introverts can “sit how they want,” and natural materials for a “calming state of mind.”

HR Is Not Your Friend, But It Can Be A Good Sparring Partner

Never stop job-hunting, "especially after you land a new job," because "the company sees you as a recently acquired risk."

Lunch Spots and Budgets

Do you have a regular work lunch spot? The kind of dining establishment that you run to in the middle of the work day because it's fast and decent and serves sandwiches (usually), but you'd never be caught dead in on a weekend because it'd remind you of being at work and make you sad?

On the Scourge of ‘Office Speak’

The way we speak in offices now is a result of a movement to humanize the worker. Emma Green, writes about the history of office speak at The Atlantic and notes that the original reason for office speak was a shift in the thinking. Employees were no longer cogs in the machine, but individual human beings who excelled at work when they felt valued. By cloaking simple concepts in theoretical self-actualization, these phrases were meant to empower the employee and prime them for success.

Office Bathrooms: Where Everyone Is a Disgusting Monster

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.

Everyone in the Conference Room, It’s Time for a Meeting

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.

What Would Make You Like Your Workplace More?

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.