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The office is getting meaner

Soon after the presidential election last year, human resources consultant Catherine Mattice Zundel received a pleading call from a Los Angeles law firm: Three paralegals were turning on each other, and it was getting ugly. Two had voted for Hillary…
Manufacturing may be in decline, but factories still do what they were designed to do 150 years ago: turn raw materials into consumable goods at a maximum profit. In the process, many workers spend long hours in windowless warehouses while…

Can coding save coal country?

At first glance, coal mining and software development might seem worlds apart. To Rusty Justice, they have a lot in common. Modern-day mining isn’t brute manual labor, done by soot-covered, pickax-wielding men in hard hats. “It hasn’t looked like that in…
Estonia has plenty of bona fides that put it at the vanguard of tech. In 2005, it became the first country to recognize internet voting. In 2011, it established a high-water mark for digital defense by raising an all-volunteer army…
What’s it like to be a worker with a disability? What do you think it feels like to be the sole woman in a room full of male executives or the only person of color in the office? How about…
Cone of Silence
Fans of the classic 1960s comedy series Get Smart may remember the Cone of Silence, a rather dubious anti-surveillance device that dropped from the ceiling when Maxwell Smart wanted a private conversation with the boss. The high-tech espionage gadget never, ever worked, but…
In January, New York will become the fourth state to require that employers offer paid, job-protected family leave so workers can care for newborns or look after sick relatives. It’ll be a logistical challenge for organizations both small and large.…
When he enters his Seattle office, logs into his computer, or walks into his house, Amal Graafstra doesn’t need to dig for keys, find an electronic access card, or even punch in a passcode. Instead, he waves his hand. It’s…
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