Do you work in an open-plan office? Would you be better off in a cubicle? Quartz explains why open-plan offices make us less productive (and also more likely to get sick).
The cynic in me also is inclined to believe that if companies figure out legal loopholes in our tax code that will allow them not to pay taxes, they’ll continue to use them.
BuzzFeed just launched their new business section, which will be edited by Peter Lauria, formerly of Thomson Reuters. BuzzFeed gets a lot of guff sometimes, but I appreciate that they integrate serious, reported pieces in with their goofy, fun lists. The business section’s new staff includes former reporters from The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Bloomberg, and the Financial Times Group. Welcome!
Priceonomics’s Alex Mayyasi takes a contentious stance in his post, “Why Does the Senior Citizen Discount Still Exist?” He says that the idea that senior citizens require financial help stems from high percentage of seniors who were living in poverty after the Great Depression. Federal programs like Social Security and Medicare dramatically decreased that percentage. Mayyasi now says that millennials are being screwed over by the recession and are in a vulnerable place, so maybe they should get a discount. If I made a list of things that probably would never come into existence, a discount for millennials would be on that list.
Helaine Olen tackles saving for retirement (or saving for anything, really) in her Guardian column today, and one of our very own editors makes an appearance.
CNET reports that NYC officials have determined that Warren should pay $2,400 for “violating the city’s illegal hotel law” and that apartments “may only be used as private residences and may not be rented for transient, hotel, or motel purposes” essentially making Airbnb illegal in New York (except for stays of 30 days or longer).
India Ink, the Times’s blog about India, examined class and politics in regards to India’s elite, who have incentives to “masquerade” as the middle class.
If you do one big monthly shop, you can calculate what that would be on a weekly basis. I’ll start: I spend about $55 a week on groceries.