Back in the early 1980s, when I started researching the field of careers, the notion of “work-life balance” was decidedly embryonic. It certainly had almost no resonance among women, who were still expected to work both at work and at home. Now it’s an acknowledged part of the zeitgeist and central to how we arrange our lives.
In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15-hour workweek. But, despite significant productivity gains over the past few decades, we still work 40 hours a week on average.
New technologies will entrench inequality rather than solve it, unless the power between workers and employers is equalised. Tim Dunlop, author of The Future of Work and writter for The Conversation and The Guardian, explores the role unions must play in the future of work.
In one week, I’ve dramatically improved my professional communication skills. Yes, I know, that’s a big claim—but it’s true. And the best part is that the changes I made were simple. I cut three words from my vocabulary: “actually,” “sorry,” and “me.”
From the early days of feeling overwhelmed by email; to eagerly investing time to wrestle back control of our inbox — we're almost back where we began, with the increasing volume of daily email leaving us resigned to never truly cracking the email organising code. Until now.
Do you ever find yourself sitting at your desk trying to work but looking at funny pictures instead? There's no reason why you can't kick that habit and break your procrastination cycle.
In the infograph below, there are 14 different ways to make yourself work when you're not feeling it.