Work friends are, if not essential to survival in the office, at least essential to enjoying the office. The Times polled about the types most often found, from the office know-it-alls to the people who always seem to have the freshest gossip. Here's a little user's guide for you. Friends are family, too.
Make no mistake: bad email habits are widespread in companies. And especially when leaders misuse email, the negative consequences for others can quickly become magnified. Here's what to watch out for: hyper-responsiveness, nighttime and weekend check-ins, and over-cc’ing. Work smarter.
Multitasking. What did you think of when you read that word? Something you're expected to do, but hate? Or, maybe something you're proud that you can do? Check this out. Here's a round-up of research in a nicely-organized piece from FastCo about the long-term, detrimental effects of multitasking. Yeah. It sucks. Turns out, it's addictive and it's not even something that our brains were built to do. Worst of all, perhaps, is that all of this light-touch/multi-think work, or shallow tasking, is keeping us from the deep, demanding, heads-down cognitive tasks that creates great work. It's often self-imposed, and it makes us sad. Don't do it. Stop it. Now. Please. "These Are the Long-Term Effects of Multitasking" on FastCo