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.
Never stop job-hunting, “especially after you land a new job,” because “the company sees you as a recently acquired risk.”
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
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?
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.
At nearly every job I’ve had, including this one, I’ve had a tendency to be one of the first to show up at the office, and one of the last to leave.
In the early ’90s, a Dutch insurance company wasn’t doing so well and hired McKinsey, the famous consulting firm, to come in and help them. Layoffs followed, nothing changed, and so the company turned to a design consultant named Erik Veldhoen to help them.