For a very, very long time, we lived in a society where the wishes and the needs of the worker were entirely inconsequential. Over the centuries, things became incrementally better (with a few massive leaps spattered here and there), and while things are definitely not perfect, it is safe to say that employees currently have it better in many ways than they ever did previously in the history of the human civilization.
“In the scope of a happy life, a messy desk or an overstuffed coat closet is a trivial thing, yet I find - and I hear from other people that they agree - that getting rid of clutter gives a disproportionate boost to happiness.” - Gretchen Rubin
To say that the Trump administration has launched to a rocky start would be a severe understatement. While battles over policy issues were to be expected, one source of Oval Office tension has been most unusual: the office politics. As leaks continue to pour out of the White House about President Trump’s shifting alliances within his inner circle, the only constant seems to be the lack of job security. His former national security adviser was forced to resign after just a month in office, despite having been in the President’s inner circle throughout the campaign. The calls for his attorney general’s resignation grow ever louder. Key Department of Justice officials, including the former Attorney General and the District Attorney for New York, have been fired. And within the President’s core group of advisers, loyalties are constantly shifting - with all the gory details being leaked to the press.
It’s 2017 and the work-from-home lifestyle is stronger than ever. We millennials are realizing the stagnant office life is dead and the option of working anywhere is absolutely, 100 percent alive. Hallelujah! Although working from home in our pajamas (or naked) can be glorifying and freeing, it can get lonely. It can also be a sure way to gain 15 pounds. Nobody is judging you for shoveling cold pasta in your mouth when you work from home, unfortunately. That’s why coffee shops are sometimes the answer to all the problems we freelancers have. As someone who’s worked out of cafés and coffee shops for the last 3 years, I will be your coffee shop guru for effectively working from any café in the world! Let’s begin.
The rumors are true - there are very few short-term solutions to hacking your productivity, no matter how many lists on the internet insist otherwise. Many of these low-effort brain hacks promise to boost your productivity faster in the same way that get rich quick schemes guarantee to make you a millionaire overnight. And the reasoning makes sense: productivity, like anything cognitive, should be thought of as a muscle that must be strengthened overtime.
It’s 2017. Gone are the days when shopping online was uncharted territory. Today, anyone with internet access and a credit card can basically live off of what can be delivered to their door. While I can’t recommend hunkering down in your apartment only to crack the door open for your postal carrier, it would be silly of us to ignore the benefits of buying online. There’s cheaper prices, convenience, more options and helpful product reviews, just to name a few.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” - Abraham LincolnOne of the first mistakes I made as a freelancer was assuming that all I needed by way of tools was a well organized to-do list and a strong commitment to not work from the couch all day. After all, other than providing a desk, a computer, and an endless array of snacks, how different would working from home instead of working from an office really be?
I’ve been there - Browsing through Pinterest posts of expansive office spaces with a cork board wall, floor to ceiling windows and a coffee station. Then I remember that my home office is the size of a closet (literally a repurposed closet) and I’m daydreaming again. For many of us living in big cities and elsewhere, this is our situation. Smaller living spaces are gaining in popularity and smaller living spaces means tiny offices. Let’s not forget those of us confined to cubicles or a shared office space. If you’re ready to transition to a healthy office life but lack the space for the average standing desk, here are five alternatives that will inspire you to get standing!
In today’s collaborative workplace, the cost of employee attrition is higher than ever. As offices continue to migrate to a teamwork model, replacing an employee has become significantly less seamless than plugging a new person into an existing role.