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The Underground Revolt against the 996

The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Jack Ma took some heat recently for praising his company’s punishing work culture.At his organization, which has lined Ma’s pockets to the tune of US$39.1 billion (making him among the world’s wealthiest souls),...

The Premack Principle: Dinner Then Dessert

Everybody knows a thing or two about procrastination, a hard-won skill polished through years of practice in front of computer screens crawling with cat videos. For those folks without the inner discipline to overcome it, consider the Premack Principle.  This...

This is Your Work-Brain on Music

Way back to the days when yodellers serenaded sheep herders in the Swiss Alps, it’s been understood that music enhances the experience of work. No wonder science has gone to town on the stuff, reeling off study after study linking tunes with toil. In one, IT...

Phoning It In

So you scored an interview for a plum post with a cool operation that has an on-site nap room. Nice work. But here’s the hitch: They’re conducting the interview over the phone. This approach—used to screen candidates for a trimmer in-person pool or when remote...