There are plenty of factors that can hold back our careers, from lack of skills and education to more personal things like physical appearance or a family reputation. But one factor many of us don’t consider is our personality: preferences, habits, quirks, and style. Yet it doesn’t have t...
The most popular article in the New York Times' Smarter Living newsletter last year was an interview with Millie Tran of the NYT Global team sharing advice on one of the most important questions we face during our lives: What am I going to do with my life? Tran explained that she had been sharin...
Research has consistently shown that when employees feel empowered, they have higher job performance, job satisfaction, and commitment to the organization. Many leaders seek to empower their employees by delegating authority and decision-making, sharing information, and asking for their input. ...
A workplace advice column at the New York Times recently ran an exchange with a reader who sold his business in his mid-50s and no longer needed to work. But in his early retirement he admitted to feeling totally adrift: "I’m finding that I am bored out of my mind. I miss the activity and satisfac...
One thing is guaranteed in the workplace: not everyone you collaborate with will be "likable." These people may be business partners, investors, vendors, or even some of your best customers. Senior business advisors commonly offer advice on how to bridge these differences to accomplish shared busine...
Workplaces have to make rules—that’s a given.  But is it necessary that they be shortsighted and lazy attempts at creating order? Many of us can understand the temptation. As any company grows, so does our difficulty maintaining standards. There are numerous instances where people cross a li...
Last summer, business journalis Jill Suttie took her niece clothes shopping in New York City. While she shopped, Suttie noticed that the music blaring on the store’s speaker system left her ears ringing and her nerves frayed. She could only stand it for about 30 minutes before she had to bolt from...
American businesses have found themselves as a crossroads. One path prioritizes profitability for shareholders, oftentimes at the expense of the natural environment, workers' rights and even executive wellness. The other track, which a growing number of companies are beginning to follow, evaluates ...
REI will give up one of its top business days this Black Friday, when it closes all 143 retail stores in a move to encourage Americans to spend time outside. CEO Jerry Stritzke explained that the decision to shut down “wasn't made lightly," and acknowledges "it's a bit of a startling idea from a ...
A recent submission to “Workaholic,” the New York Times career advice blog, posed a question that will probably sound familiar to many workers out there. The anonymous advice-seeker asked the following: “I work in communications for a large health care company, and I love the essence of what I...