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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...

Faking Your Way through a Snow Day

There’s lots to hate about the winter. The way it scales your knuckles and breaks your back. The way it kills your gym dedication and deprives you of on-street parking. The way it makes everythingharder.  But there is an upside to this cruel season and it...

How Not to Get Sick in 2019

January—with all of us fat and sweatered-up, back in our office chairs in thick mounds of Christmas wool, our knuckles chapped and our spirits sagging—is a month ripe for sickness.  We are more likely to get colds at this time of year than any other, courtesy of...

2019: A Work Odyssey

There’s nothing like a New Year—white as a snow field, as full of potential as an untried recipe—for reinvention. And that’s no more the case than in the workplace. So what if the boss dogged your ass for all of 2018 or if Doug in accounting kept eating your granola....